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Cilla

Priscilla Maria Veronica White OBE (27 May 1943 – 1 August 2015), better known as Cilla Black, was an English singer and television presenter.

History[]

Championed by her friends the Beatles, Black began her career as a singer in 1963. Her singles "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "You're My World" both reached number one in the UK in 1964. She had 11 top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart between then and 1971, and an additional eight hits that made the top 40. In May 2010, new research published by BBC Radio 2showed 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 U.S., 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 BBC variety show, Cilla (1968–1976). After a brief time as a comedy actress, she became a prominent television presenter in the 1980s and 1990s, hosting hit entertainment shows such as Blind Date (1985–2003), Surprise Surprise (1984–2001) and The Moment of Truth (1998–2001). In 2013, Black celebrated 50 years in show business. ITV honoured this milestone with a one-off entertainment special which aired on 16 October 2013, The One & Only Cilla Black, featuring Black herself and hosted by Paul O'Grady.

Black died on 1 August 2015 at the age of 72, after a fall in her villa in Estepona. 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. In 2017, a statue of Black commissioned by her sons was unveiled outside the Cavern Club's original entrance.

Discography[]

  • Cilla (1965)
  • Cilla Sings a Rainbow (1966)
  • Sher-oo! (1968)
  • Surround Yourself with Cilla (1969)
  • Sweet Inspiration (1970)
  • Images (1971)
  • Day by Day with Cilla (1973)
  • In My Life (1974)
  • It Makes Me Feel Good (1976)
  • Modern Priscilla (1978)
  • Especially For You (1980)
  • Surprisingly Cilla (1985)
  • Cilla's World (1990)
  • Through The Years (1993)
  • Beginnings: Greatest Hits & New Songs (2003)
  • Cilla All Mixed Up (2009)

Selected TV credits[]

Year Programme Role
1966 Cilla at the Savoy presenter
1968–1976 Cilla presenter
1975 Cilla's Comedy Six actor
1976 Cilla's World of Comedy actor
1983 Cilla's Christmas Show presenter
1984–2001 Surprise Surprise presenter
1985–2003 Blind Date presenter
1993 Cilla's Celebrations special guest/presenter
1998–2001 The Moment of Truth presenter
2006 Soapstar Superstar judge
2006–2010 The Paul O'Grady Show guest presenter and guest
2007 The Sunday Night Project guest presenter
2007, 2013 Room 101 guest
2009 TV's Greatest Endings presenter
2009–14 Loose Women regular/guest panellist
2012 Cilla's Unswung Sixties presenter
2011 Benidorm herself
2011 Never Mind the Buzzcocks guest presenter
2013 Your Face Sounds Familiar guest judge
The One & Only Cilla Black special guest
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