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Cliff Richard Admits He 'Winged It' After Forgetting Lyrics To Song During Cilla Black's Funeral

25/01/2016 11:45 GMT | Updated 25/01/2016 11:59 GMT

Cliff Richard gave a very moving performance when he stood up to sing at the funeral of his close friend Cilla Black in August 2015.

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Now, he admits he actually ended up "winging it" after forgetting the lyrics to his song, 'Faithful One'.

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Cliff Richard performed 'Faithful One' at the funeral of his close friend Cilla Black

The veteran singer, who had been friends with Cilla for 40 years, tells The Sun he hadn't sung the song for years, and was already beginning to suffer from a "really bad cough".

He says: "I winged it. And sometimes when you just allow the song to happen and you are just concentrating on being the person that you are and you have got to remember these lyrics I think it helps."

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Cilla and Cliff had been friends for decades, often holidaying together as well as performing

Cilla's funeral was held in Liverpool on 20 August, following her sudden death in Spain, at her holiday home in Estepona.

Other close friends to remember Cilla during the service included entertainers Christopher Biggins, Jimmy Tarbuck and Paul O'Grady who moved the congregation to tears and laughter, with his memories of holidays and other fun times with his fellow Liverpudlian.

Cilla Black's Funeral

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