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Cilla Black

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Born Priscilla White in 1943, Cilla used to work lunchtimes as a cloakroom assistant at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. She started to sing occasionally with local bands including Rory Storm & the Hurricanes (with Ringo Starr). She was billed as Swinging Cilla and Mersey Beat referred to her as Cilla Black, a name that stuck. Brian Epstein came to hear her sing on the recommendation of John Lennon. Despite the Beatles backing her at the audition she did not perform at her best but Epstein signed her nonetheless.

Her first single, written by Paul McCartney, was Love of the Loved which reached 35 in the charts. She followed this with Burt Bacharach's Anyone Who Had a Heart which she took to number 1. Fro  there she had a string of hit singles including You're My World and an unused theme to the film Alfie.

Cilla appeared in the film Work is a Four Letter Word in 1968 before a BBC TV special called Cilla at the Savoy. Her own TV series Cilla ran from 1968 to 1975 and featured the theme Step Inside Love written by Paul McCartney. From there Cilla Black became a major TV personality and went on to be the highest paid woman on British TV.

Cilla died in Estepona Spain on 1 August 2015.

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