Cilla Black
(1943-2015)

woman and singer

Died aged c. 72

Priscilla Maria Veronica White OBE (27 May 1943 – 1 August 2015), known by her stage name Cilla Black, was an English singer, television presenter, actress, and author. Championed by her friends the Beatles, she began her career as a singer in 1963, and her singles "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "You're My World" both reached number one in the UK in 1964. Black had eleven Top Ten hits on the British charts between then and 1971. In May 2010, new research published by BBC Radio 2 showed that her version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was the UK's biggest selling single by a female artist in the 1960s. "You're My World" was also a modest hit in the US, peaking at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. Along with a successful recording career in the 1960s and early 1970s, Black hosted her own variety show, Cilla, for the BBC between 1968 and 1976. After a brief time as a comedy actress in the mid-1970s, she became a prominent television presenter in the 1980s and 1990s, hosting hit entertainment shows such as Blind Date (1985–2003), The Moment of Truth (1998–2001) and Surprise Surprise (1984–2001). In 2013, Black celebrated her 50 years in show business. British television network ITV honoured this milestone with a one-off entertainment special which aired on 16 October 2013. The show, called The One & Only Cilla Black, featured Black herself and was hosted by Paul O'Grady. Black died on 1 August 2015 after a fall in her villa in Estepona, Spain. The day after her funeral, the compilation album The Very Best of Cilla Black went to number one on the UK Albums Chart and the New Zealand Albums Chart; it was her first number one album.

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At this site on 9 April 1960, Geoff Hogarth & Harry Ormesher opened... The Iron Door, Cradle of Mersey Beat ...Bringing us the sound that conquered the World. The Beatles' (as the Silver Beetles) first show here 15 May 1960. Kenny Ball, The Big Three, Cilla Black, Lee Curtis, Faron's Flamingos, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer, The Remo Four, The Searchers, Freddie Starr, Rory Storm, Kingsize Taylor , Karl Terry, The Undertakers & many others.

13 Temple Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they performed