Tuesday 22 August 2017

Sir Cliff turns 70 with curry party

Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating his 70th birthday with a quiet night in
Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating his 70th birthday with a quiet night in

Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating his 70th birthday with a private party and a day off from performing.

The Peter Pan of pop is currently in the middle of a series of birthday gigs at London's Royal Albert Hall but was not appearing on his birthday, Thursday.

In an interview he told Kate Garraway he was happy to mark the milestone with a "quiet night" in.

Speaking on ITV1's Daybreak, he said: "For the 70th, even when it comes to a birthday party, I'm not going to have a big party on the day. I say I'm going to have a quiet night and what I'm going to do is I've got one of my sisters who lives quite close is going to come over with my niece, my nephew and another niece, and a baby, and her husband, and we're going to have an Indian curry."

Sir Cliff took to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night for his first birthday concert, complete with a walking frame, before launching into a crowd-pleasing set that included hits such as Devil Woman and We Don't Talk Anymore.

The singer was born Harry Webb in Lucknow, India, on October 14, 1940.

His 1958 debut Move It caused a sensation and he was marketed as the English Elvis Presley. He then teamed up with his backing band, The Shadows.

After converting to Christianity, Sir Cliff continued his career going on to sell more than 250 million records and surviving the arrival of The Beatles, disco and punk while still scoring hits. He was knighted in 1995, the first rock star to be honoured in such a way.

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