The music and movies of Sir Cliff’s career

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Sir Cliff Richard was born Harry Rodger Webb in Lucknow, India, in 1940, but the family moved to England eight years later.

He started performing as a teenager with his band The Drifters, which later became The Shadows, and his first hit single Move It reached number two in the UK singles chart on his 18th birthday.

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Cliff Richard at Heathrow Airport as he was about to board a plane for New York (PA)

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Cliff Richard with US evangelist Billy Graham in 1973 (PA)

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Cliff Richard with Dame Vera Lynn during a Variety Club lunch in her honour at the Savoy Hotel, London, in 1975 (PA)

His most famous hits include Summer Holiday, Living Doll and Mistletoe And Wine and he has twice represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Diana, Princess of Wales with tennis player Virginia Wade, second left, and Cliff Richard sharing a joke in 1991 (PA)

Sir Cliff became a Christian in 1964 and made appearances with evangelical US preacher Billy Graham, as well as recording Christian music.

Sir Cliff performs during the Hallelujah Christmas charity concert in London in 1997 (Sean Dempsey/PA)

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Sir Cliff performs a revised version of his song Summer Holiday over the PA system onboard the British Airways Dreamflight plane in 2013 (Steve Parsons/PA)

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Sir Cliff arrives at the High Court in 2018 (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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