Well, there goes another piece of my childhood. Cilla Black has floated off to the gates of heaven to chew gum and sing songs.
The Daily Mail says that Cilla Black died at her home in Spain yesterday. Her body was found at her Casa Roll villa in Marbella. She was 72. Whilst Spanish police have confirmed Cilla’s death they have not said why she died.
A spokesman said:
‘I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72. We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.’
Cilla Black was a big reason why the ‘Mersey Beat’ was so huge in the 60s and was one of Liverpool’s most popular singers. Back in the 60’s Cilla was considered one of the city’s shiniest stars and was one of Dusty Sprigfield’s greatest rivals. I know, how times have changed.
In the early 1980s Cilla pressed pause on her singing career and became a television presenter. She hosted hit shows like Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
Cilla was born Pricilla White and as a young woman was always determined to become a star. However, she began her show business career working as a cloakroom attendant at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club. Occasionally, when the club was quiet, Cilla was allowed to go on stage and sing and when she did she sang her heart out.
Eventually Cilla’s performances were seen by Liverpool music promoter, Sam Leach, who booked her at the Casanova Club. She appeared as “Swinging Cilla”. It was her first proper gig.
Cilla went on to guest sing with the Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes and later, with the Big Three. While working as a waitress at a coffee bar, Cilla met the love of her life and her future husband Bobby Willis.
It was John Lennon who introduced Cilla to the late music promoter, Brian Epstein who quickly propelled her to fame and stardom. When the local music newspaper, Mersey Beat reviewed her performances the paper mistakenly referred to her as Cilla Black. She liked that name more than her own, so she kept it. The rest is history.
Cilla is survived by her three sons Robert, Ben and Jack.
Rest in peace Cilla Black. No one could have sung Anyone Who Had a Heart like you did.