In 2015 Sir Cliff Richard celebrated his 75th birthday with a sold-out concert run at the Royal Albert Hall, a venue that the record-breaking hitmaker has appeared at over 100 occasions.
We’ve taken a look back through our archives and picked out some key moments from the 56 years since he first stepped out onto the world’s most famous stage at an NME Annual Poll-Winners Concert on 11 January 1959.
1961: The Great Pop Prom
After hosting, Cliff’s Guest Show, on 15 January 1961, Cliff returned on 17 September 1961 to perform at The Great Pop Prom, joining the likes of Adam Faith, Billy Fury and Bert Weedon on the line-up of young pop and rock and roll acts.
The Great Pop Proms were a regular fixture at the Hall in the 60s and later saw performances by the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
1968: Eurovision song contest
Cliff carried the hopes of the nation at the 13th Eurovision Song Contest on 6 April 1968, which was held at the Hall following Sandie Shaw’s victory in the 1967 competition.
His entry, Congratulations, came second, just a single point behind the Spanish entry, La, La, La by Massiel.
1976: ‘I’m Nearly Famous’
A succession of sold-out Hall concerts in the 1970s followed Cliff’s successful Eurovision appearance, including this headline concert on 22 November 1976 entitled I’m Nearly Famous.
1989: BRIT Awards recognition
The singer received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1989 BRITs during a memorable ceremony hosted by Mick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox.
Upon receiving the award, presented to him by BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson, Cliff Richard paid tribute to the music industry and the diverse line-up of performers on the night.
1989: Joy to the World – A Celebration of Christmas
Here, Cliff Richard is seen stepping out of the Hall following his performance at Joy to the World: A Celebration of Christmas on 19 December 1989 – a festive concert held in aid of the Save The Children fund.
2004: 14 sold-out nights
April 2004 saw the singer headline a phenomenal 14 nights at the Hall. Cliff Richard: Live and Kicking followed his 12 Off The Record shows at the venue in 2001. Above, you can see him in rehearsals ahead of the seventh night, and below, being interviewed backstage before the show.
2010: 70th birthday concerts
Sir Cliff celebrated his 70th birthday in style in October 2010 as he returned to the Hall for six sold-out concerts as part of his Bold as Brass tour.
2012: World Hunger Day
World Hunger Day on 28 May 2012 saw a host of stars take to the stage to raise funds for The Hunger Project. At the end of a short solo set, Sir Cliff was joined by singing legend Dionne Warwick for a duet of her 1963 hit Anyone Who Had a Heart.
2015: 75th birthday
Sir Cliff Richard has returned for another six nights at the Hall to celebrate his 75th birthday. We estimate these concerts will bring him to a staggering 114 appearances at the Royal Albert Hall.
Thanks for the memories, Cliff – here’s to plenty more!