Sunday, August 2, 2015

Farewell to a British Star

After 52 years in show business, English singer and actress Cilla Black passed away today at the age of 72. Born in Liverpool and championed by The Beatles, this talented lady scored eleven Top-10 hits on the British charts between 1964 and 1971, hosted her own BBC variety show for several seasons into the '70s, and continued as a prominent TV presenter during the 1980s and '90s. In 1964, "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "You're My World" were #1 hits, the first single becoming the UK's biggest-selling single by a female artist in the 1960s.
Despite the popularity of all-things British in America, Cilla did not find a huge following in the US, however, "You're My World" was a modest hit in the US, peaking at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the original Italian version by composer Umberto Bindi was not a hit, even in Italy, the song came to the attention of The Beatles' producer George Martin, who commissioned an English version to be recorded by his protégée Cilla Black.

No doubt that this fine lady had a fantastic voice! Here's a live performance of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" in the mid-60s. 

Farewell, Ms. Black.

1 comment:

  1. Cilla Black what an absolute legend who will be hugely missed. We also mentioned her in our latest Blog, Swinging Sixties. Feel free to stop by, take a look and give us your thoughts.
    We love this Blog, great read and nothing better than the 60s bright colours and sounds!
    Daniel Kacey
    Ents Capital UK Ltd