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Veteran bids for Number One for sixth decade in a row

Veteran singer Sir Cliff Richard has launched a campaign to make chart history – by claiming a UK Number One single for the sixth decade running.

The singer began his run of hits in September 1958 with ‘Move It’, and now a new song, ‘Thank You For A Lifetime’, is being released next month to mark the 50th anniversary.

He told BBC News: “I may be greedy, but to notch up a number one after 50 years would be just fantastic. I’ve got the song, I can only hope for the support.”

‘Living Doll’ was the star’s first Number One which came out the year after his debut, and he has since had a further 13 chart-toppers, the last one being ‘The Millennium Prayer’ in 1999.

An eight-disc retrospective that is also due out next month, and the star’s autobiography is due to be published at the same time.