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She had 11 Top Ten hits on the British charts between then andand an additional eight hits that made the top Along with a successful recording career in the s and early s, Black hosted her own variety show, Cillafor the BBC between and After a brief time as a comedy actress in the mids, she became a prominent television presenter in the s and s, hosting hit entertainment shows such as Blind Date —The Moment of Truth —and Surprise Surprise — InBlack celebrated 50 years in show business.
British television network ITV honoured this milestone with a one-off entertainment special which aired on 16 October Black died on 1 August after a fall Theme De Tara - Unknown Artist - 20 Golden Piano Hits her villa in Estepona. She grew up in the Scotland Road area of Liverpool.
She had a Welsh maternal grandfather, Joseph Henry Blythen —who was born in Wrexhamand Irish great-grandparents on both her father's Πουλάκι Ξένο - Γιάννης Κωνσταντίνου - Ένα Δημοτικό Αφιέρωμα Στα 7 Χρόνια Της General mother's sides of the family.
Determined to become an entertainer, Black gained a part-time job as a cloakroom attendant at Liverpool's Cavern Clubbest known for its connection with the Beatles.
Her impromptu performances impressed the Beatles and others. Meanwhile, she worked as a waitress at the Zodiac coffee lounge, where she later met her future husband Bobby Willis.
She was featured in an article in the first edition of the local music newspaper Mersey Beat by the paper's publisher, Bill Harrywho mistakenly referred to her as Cilla Black, rather than her real surname, White. She then took the name Black as her stage surname. Black signed her first contract with longtime friend and neighbour, Terry McCann, but this contract was never honoured as it was made when she was underage the age of majority was then 21 and her father subsequently signed her with Brian Epstein.
She was introduced to Epstein by John Lennonwho persuaded him to audition her. Lennon was encouraged by his Aunt Mimi to introduce Black Theme De Tara - Unknown Artist - 20 Golden Piano Hits Epstein. Epstein had a portfolio of local artists but initially showed little interest in her. Her first audition was a failure, partly because of nerves, and partly because Bere-Bere Gitano - Galeas Y Sus Rumberos* - Galeas Beatles who supported her played the songs in their usual vocal key rather than re-pitching them for Black's voice.
In her autobiography What's It All About? I'd chosen to do "Summertime", but at the very last moment I wished I hadn't. I adored this song, and had sung it when I came to Birkenhead with the Big Threebut I hadn't rehearsed it with the Beatles and it had just occurred to me that they would play it in the wrong key. It was too late for second thoughts, though. With one last wicked wink at me, John set the group off playing. I'd been right to worry. The music was not in my key and any adjustments that the boys were now trying to make were too late to save me.
My voice sounded awful. Destroyed—and wanting to die—I struggled on to the end. But after seeing her another day, at the Blue Angel jazz clubEpstein contracted with Black as his only female client on 6 September Kramer with the Dakotas. Black's second single, released at the beginning ofwas a cover of the Burt Bacharach — Hal David composition " Anyone Who Had a Heart ", which had been written for Dionne Warwick.
The single beat Warwick's recording into the UK charts and rose to No. Both songs sold over one million copies worldwide, and were awarded gold discs. Black's two No. Paul McCartney played piano at the recording session and the song proved to be another success for Black, peaking at No.
Other than Clark, these artists were not singer-songwriters but interpreters of s contemporary popular music by songwriters and producers. Black recorded much material during this time, including songs written by Phil SpectorTim Hardin and Burt Bacharach. A week later the Righteous Brothers ' original version of the same song went to No. The single wasn't critically well received, however; the Rolling Stones ' manager Andrew Loog Oldham took out an advert in the Melody Maker to deride Cilla's efforts compared with the original.
Being so closely associated with the Beatles, Black became one of a select group of artists in the —65 period the others being Billy J. Black recognised that to achieve popular status in the USA she would need to devote All That Im Living For - Evanescence - The Open Door time to touring there.
But she was plagued by homesickness and a sense of loneliness and returned to the UK. During Black recorded the Bacharach-David song " Alfie ", written as the signature song to the feature film of the same name. While Cher sang "Alfie" on the closing credits of the American release of the film and Black on the UK version, Black was the first and Various - Chicago Blues 60s Style artist to have a hit with the song in the UK No.
Black's version of "Alfie" was arranged and conducted by Bacharach himself at the recording session at Abbey Road. Bacharach insisted on 31 separate takes, and Black cited the session as one of the most demanding of her recording career. Epstein's attempts to make Black a film actress were less successful. A brief appearance in the "beat" film Ferry 'Cross the Mersey and a leading role alongside David Warner in the psychedelic comedy Work Is a Four-Letter Word were largely ignored by film critics.
In a interview with Record Collector magazine, Black revealed she was asked to appear in the film The Italian Jobplaying the part of Michael Caine's girlfriend, but negotiations fell through between producers and her management over her fee.
Epstein died of an accidental drug overdose in Augustnot long after negotiating a contract with the BBC for Black to appear in a television series of her own. Relations between Epstein and Black had somewhat soured during the year prior to his death, largely because he was not Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel - Old Friends her career enough attention and the fact that her singles "A Fool Am I" UK No.
In her autobiography, Black said that Epstein had tried to pacify her by negotiating a deal that would see her representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.
However, Black refused on the basis that Sandie Shaw had won the previous year's contest, and that the chances of another Theme De Tara - Unknown Artist - 20 Golden Piano Hits female artist winning were few. Black's boyfriend and songwriter Bobby Willis assumed management responsibilities after Epstein died. Black's association with the Beatles continued. She also holidayed with Harrison and Starr on a trip aboard a yacht chartered by Starr.
The latter she recorded during with her then-producer David Mackaybut it was not heard publicly until when it was included on a retrospective collection entitled Cilla: The Best of — Writing inthe rock music journalist Nik Cohn wrote:. In her time, she will grow into a pop Gracie Fieldsmuch loved entertainer, and she'll become institutionalised.
Ten years later, inshe released the album Beginnings Greatest Hits and New Songs. Black was part of an all- Scouse cast assembled in this three-hour stage spectacular to mark the end of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture. Black received rave reviews for her singing and overall performance.
On 7 Septembera total of 13 original studio albums the first seven produced by George Martin recorded by Black between and were released for digital download. These albums featured an array of musical genres. For the winter pantomime season, Black appeared in Cinderella at the Waterside Theatre in AylesburyBuckinghamshire. Black was the best-selling British female recording artist in the UK during the s, releasing a Theme De Tara - Unknown Artist - 20 Golden Piano Hits of 15 studio albums and 37 singles.
The show would simply be titled Cilla and aired from January to April Cotton considered Black to take over from Bruce Forsyth as host of The Generation Game inbut after a Theme De Tara - Unknown Artist - 20 Golden Piano Hits conversation, Cotton learned that Black wanted to maintain her singing career and was not ready to change course so drastically to light entertainment hostess.
Cotton believed she would have been "perfect" for the show. On 15 January Black performed as the main entertainer of the first of six half-hour situation comedy plays. During August Black reprised her role as a comedy actress in Cilla's World of Comedy  which featured her theme song and new single "Easy in Your Company". However, the show was shelved when the pair were unable to cope with the long hours of filming. By the beginning of the s Black was performing mainly in cabaret and concerts; television appearances were rare.
According to Christopher Biggins 's autobiography she "stormed back into the public consciousness with a barnstorming performance as a guest on Wogan inproving that we can all have second chances" and after her appearance, people were "desperately trying to find her the right comeback vehicle". Black signed a contract with London Weekend Televisionbecoming the host of two of the most popular and long-running evening entertainment shows of the s and s— Blind Date — and Surprise Surprise — All programmes were mainstream ratings winners and consolidated her position as the highest-paid female performer on British television.
Her TV appearances made her spoken mannerisms "Lorra lorra laughs", for example and her habit of referring familiarly to her fellow presenters "Our Graham" well known.
Black was a judge on the first series of the reality TV series Soapstar Superstar featured in an episode of the series Eating with In Black recorded a pilot for the Sky 1 dating show Loveland. The show was to be a Theme De Tara - Unknown Artist - 20 Golden Piano Hits "21st-century" dating programme for the following year. Unlike Blind Datecontestants would not sit in front of a studio audience, but would be 'hidden' behind real-time animations as they dated each other. Each episode would conclude with the contestant picking their preferred animated character before meeting the real-life person.
Production costs, however, were too high and the show was pulled. Between September and June she made guest panel list Dead Can Dance - Aion  and in also appeared, as herself, in the first episode of series 4 of ITV's Benidorm.
ITV honoured Black's 50 years in show business with a one-off entertainment special which aired on 16 October The show celebrated Black's career and included a special trip back to her home city of Liverpool, a host of celebrity friends and some surprise music guests. Black paid homage to Blind Date with the return of its most popular contestants California Sun - Ramones - Its Alive saw her star in a special edition of Coronation Street.
InBlack was the subject of a three-part television drama series, Cillafocusing especially on her rise to fame in s Liverpool and her relationship with Bobby Willis. Black was married to her manager, Bobby Willisfor 30 years from until he died from lung cancer on 23 October They had three sons.
Their daughter was born prematurely and suffered lung complications, living for only two hours. Black was at one time a staunch supporter of the Conservative Party and publicly voiced her admiration for Margaret Thatcherstating in that Thatcher had "put the 'great' back into Great Britain" during her 11 years as prime minister from until —despite the widespread unpopularity of Thatcher and her government in Black's native Liverpool.
In Aprilshe appeared on stage at a Conservative Party rally and made prominent calls for the party's re-election under the leadership of Thatcher's successor John Majorwho went on to win the election. In AugustBlack was one of public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.
Cilla Black died at her holiday home near EsteponaSpain, on 1 Augustat the age of A ten-page pathologist's report confirmed that Black had suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage after falling backwards and hitting her head, it was thought, on a terrace wall. It was believed she had not been found for at least four hours. Inshe had stated that she wanted to die when she reached 75, as her mother, who suffered from progressive osteoporosishad lived to 84 and her final years were difficult.
In the days following her death, a book of condolence was opened at the Liverpool Town Hall.
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