14 October 2010
Last updated at 08:30
Singer Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating his 70th birthday. The enduring musical act began his career in the late 1950s. Here he is pictured at his parents' home in Hertfordshire on the cusp of fame.
The teenage rock and roll singer rapidly picked up an enthusiastic following, and was likened to the UK's answer to Elvis Presley.
The singer first went to the US in the early 1960s, but his biggest hit singles there came a decade later with Devil Woman and We Don't talk Any More.
Cliff Richard's career, which has spanned six decades, has been peppered with plaudits, culminating in a knighthood in 1995. Here he is flanked by Cilla Black (left) and fellow Eurovision Song Contest performer Lulu at the Valentine Music Awards in 1970.
The chart star branched out into film during his career, most notably in light-hearted 1960s musical hits Summer Holiday and The Young Ones. A later outing was 1973 comedy caper Take Me High.
Cliff's penchant for the lighter side of entertainment is evident in his appearance on The Morecambe and Wise Show, one of the highest-rating TV shows of the 1970s.
The singer enjoyed another rich seam of hits in the 1980s, and became renowned for pursuing Christmas number ones, with Mistletoe and Wine and Saviour's Day adding to his collection of chart-toppers.
In 1996 Sir Cliff turned his attention to the stage and a musical about Emily Bronte's brooding character Heathcliff. Critics doubted his ability to play the dark figure, but the show had a successful run.
That same year, Sir Cliff made the headlines for providing some impromptu entertainment at Wimbledon while play was rained off. His passion for tennis is well-known.
Last year Sir Cliff reunited with The Shadows for a tour. The band started out with him at the beginning of his rise to fame more than 50 years ago. A pictorial memoir of his life and career, Cliffhistory, was published recently.
Sir Cliff has maintained an evergreen image, recently posing for his 2011 calendar, which has echoes to a shot taken in the 1960s.