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Cilla Black (Liverpool27 May 1943) is a British singer and television presenter. She is the only female representative of the Merseybeat of international fame. She is best known for her hits Anyone Who Had a Heartyou're my world and you've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. In the years 80 and 90 she presented the television shows Blind date and Surprise Surprise for the British ITV.

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Was born from a Protestant father and a Roman Catholic mother in Liverpool. In the early 1960s , she had a part-time job as a security guard in the dressing room of The Cavern Club, where The Beatles performed regularly. Self she climbed between gigs on stage to sing ever also. So if they sing along with some straps in those years. Also The Beatles were of her qualities impressed and suggested her to their manager Brian Epstein. The audition that they might do, failed. They performed the song Summertime, but The Beatles, who accompanied her, played the song too low for her voice. In addition, she was very nervous. On 6 september 1963 , Epstein took her under his wing after he had seen her somewhere occur. Priscilla White took her stage name, after they wrongly Cilla Black was mentioned in the magazine Mersey Beat. Epstein found that name sound good and they decided to adopt that name. She got a recording contract with Parlophone and George Martin produced her debutsingle "Love of the Loved, written by Paul McCartney. The song took out the 35th place in the UK Singles Chart.

In comparison with the results of the other bands under Epstein, fell against the debut of Black. For the successor had Epstein from the number the United States Anyone Who Had a Heart of Burt Bacharach sung by Dionne Warwick brought along. George Martin wanted to initially let by Shirley Bassey singing, but to give it to Black Epstein persuaded him. The single was a great success and reached in February 1964 the first place in the British charts. Warwick, whose version was only the 42nd place, not to mention the cover of Black. She found it an exact copy of her version and complained: "if I had coughed on the recording, she had it exactly imitated". Her third single you're my world equaled the success of Anyone Who Had a Heart and came at the end of may on the first place. The song was a translation of Il Mio Mondo by the Italian singer-songwriter Umberto Bindi. Warwick took in response to black's success with her song a cover of you're my world , but that was not released as a single in the United States, so that black's version there the 26th place could pick up. You're my world is covered by several artists, including later Guys n ' Dolls, out there in 1977 a number 1 hit in the Netherlands and Flanders had. Black would later score more hits with translations ofItalian songs. Don't answer me A fool am I , and I only live to love you were all of Italian origin. They ended the year with the number 7- it's for you, which hit just as her debut single was written by Paul McCartney. He also accompanies her on piano in this song in a waltz time.

In 1965 repeated Black the trick of Anyone Who Had a Heart by scoring a big hit with a song that had already proven themselves in the United States. This time she did it with you've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by theRighteous Brothers. However, the original for now she had to let go, because the version of the Righteous Brothers took the first placein February. Blacks version came to place 2, whereby the unique situation arose that the same number in different versions on place 1 and 2 in the British singles chart; She has occurred. In 1966 followed the top 10 hits love's just a broken heartAlfie and Don't answer meAlfie was written byBurt Bacharach and Hal David, after Bacharach Alfie had seen the British film. In the United Kingdom the song was not used in the film, but in the American Edition was the song over the end credits sung by Cher, who had an American hit with it. Also Blacks version took out the American Billboard Hot 100, but did not exceed the 95th place. This time it was Dionne Warwick that the most successful version had, because its cover came to place 15.

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Epstein also in 1967 Black tried to work as an actress and presenter. She got a lead role in the psychedelic comedy Work is a 4-letter word, but this movie was as good as ignored by the critics. When Epstein in August 1967 died of a drugs overdose , the management was taken over by Bobby Willis with whom Black was married since 1965. Her television career was continued and in 1968 she got her own TV show Cilla on the BBC. Of this show were recorded until 1976 eight seasons. Musically threw that also is paying off, because the tunes sung by herself of the programs also took the hit parade. The Step inside love was written by McCartney as a tune for the first four seasons and was a top 10 hit for Black. A year later, there were the top 10 hits- Surround yourself with sorrow and Conversations. When she was in 1971 with a new tune for her show came, that was also a big hit: Something tells me (something's gonna happen tonight) took out the 3rd place. However, this proved to be the last big hit for Black. Only Baby, we can't go wrong, the tune of the seventh season of Cilla, was a modest hit. The singles that they released after the hit parade not.

Black from the 1970s continued to focus on her career as a television personality. In 1975 she received on her 6-part ITV comedy series Cilla's comedy six and in 1976 was that persecuted by Cilla's world of comedy.Then hit Black several years out of the spotlight, until they get into the 1984 television show Surprise, Surprise, the British version of The surprise show, went to present. A year later, she was also host of Blind date, similar to the Flemish Blind date and the Dutch On good luck. These programs would they respectively 2001 and 2003 to present. These shows attracted very many viewers and one year was Black even the highest-paid u.s. presenter on British television. Black got there In 1998 with The moment of truth , a third program that ran until 2001.

In 1993 had Black Music chart success for the last time. That year she released her album Through the years from, including duets with Cliff RichardBarry Manilow and Dusty Springfield. The song Through the years and the Heart and soul duet with Springfield, were minor hits in the UK Singles Chart. Blacks died In 1999 husband and manager Bobby Willis on 57-year-old age to lung cancer. Since then, Black's oldest son Robert regulates the management of his mother.

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Single (s) with chart positions in

prehistoric charts

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Anyone who had a heart jun-1964 6 1 m Music parade Top 30
You're my world 22-8-1964 47 6 Hitwezen Top 50
You're my world 6-9-1964 30 1 Dutch Pop Magazine Muziek Expres Top 15
It's for you Oct-1964 27 1 m Music parade Top 30


Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

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position

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You've lost that lovin' feelin' 20-2-1965 8 7
Love's just a broken heart 26-2-1966 39 1
Surround yourself with sorrow 22-3-1969 tip
Surround yourself with sorrow 19-3-1969 tip
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