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Tributes pour in for Cilla Black

On August 4, 2015

Tributes have poured in for Cilla Black after her death on Saturday night at her home near Marbella in Spain.

Black rose to fame in the 60s where she started out as a cloakroom girl in the Cavern club in Liverpool. She counted fellow Liverpudlians the Beatles as her friends and sang with them at the start of her career. Black’s hits included Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World which both made it to number one in 1964.

In the 80s Black reinvented her career as a TV star. She became a ‘must watch’ on Saturday night television. Her successful shows included Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on May 27, 1943 she always stayed true to her roots. To the public she was the darling of Saturday night television. Always upbeat despite the tragedies she suffered in her life. The early death of her husband and manager Bobby Willis after thirty years of marriage shook her. Together they had four children, three sons and a daughter who died after two hours.

Sir Paul McCartney acknowledged Cilla Black’s contribution to the entertainment industry: “She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit.” Friend Sir Cliff Richard said: “ I will always think of her as outrageous, funny, incredibly gifted but above all full of heart.”

Take a look at two of Cilla Black’s greatest hits.

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