With “Heart and Soul” we say goodbye to a truly talented legend: Cilla Black

Legendary pop artist & TV host, Cilla Black, died of a stroke on August 1, 2015 at age 72.  The British Artist topped the 1960s- 70s charts  with hits like, “You are my world”; and “Anyone who had a heart” (which has been re-charted to #1 by such greats as Luther Vandross, Linda Ronstadt, Dionne Warwick, & Norwegian songstress Inger Lise Rypdal.

 "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was the UK's biggest selling single by a female artist in the 1960s
“Anyone Who Had a Heart” was the UK’s biggest-selling single by a female artist in the 1960s

Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White, the Liverpudlian worked as a cloakroom attendant before finding musical fame as a singer in the 1960s. In 1968, she switched over to television and was given her own BBC One primetime series, and she went on to host Blind Date and Surprise Surprise for ITV.

Ms. Black is survived by her three sons: Robert (45) who was also her manager, Ben, 41, and Jack, 35. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert “Bobby” Willis whom she was married to from March 6, 1969, until his death from lung cancer in 1999. Bobby was a British songwriter that became Cilla’s manager. Also, in 1975, at 28-weeks pregnant, Cilla Black gave birth to a baby girl that did not survive the premature delivery.

Cilla Black & Bobby Willis (m. 1969 - 1999)
Cilla Black & Bobby Willis (m. 1969 – 1999)

Hundreds of fans queued up to sign a book of condolence at Liverpool’s town hall on Monday, August 2nd. The outpouring of heartfelt sympathy continues across the world as tribute is paid to singer most Brits call “Our Cilla”, a legend and one of Britain’s most beloved stars. One fan left a very moving tribute that summed up the emotions of so many regarding Ms. Black’s passing:

“Sincere Condolences. From the Crook and Hull Families, Lancashire.
Another Star In Heaven. God Bless. X”
Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak chart positions Album
All UK releases except where indicated
1963 Love Of The Loved
b/w “Shy Of Love” (Non-album track)
35 72 The Best Of Cilla Black Written by Lennon–McCartney. Did not chart in Australia until 1965, after
“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”
1964 Anyone Who Had A Heart
b/w “Just For You” (Non-album track)
1 1 34
You’re My World
b/w “Suffer Now I Must” (Non-album track)
1 2 1 12 26
It’s For You
b/w “He Won’t Ask Me” (Non-album track)
7 17 79 Written by Lennon–McCartney
1965 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
b/w “Is It Love?” (Non-album track)
2 15
“Is It Love?”
b/w “One Little Voice” (from Cilla)
133 Is It Love? (US) North American release only
“I’ve Been Wrong Before”
b/w “I Don’t Want To Know”
17 81 Non-album tracks
1966 “Love’s Just A Broken Heart”
b/w “Yesterday”
5 10 27 Cilla Sings A Rainbow
b/w “Night Time Is Here” (Non-album track)
9 22 95 The Best Of Cilla Black
“Don’t Answer Me”
b/w “The Right One Is Left” (Non-album track)
6 22 You’re My World
“A Fool Am I”
b/w “For No One
13 Non-album tracks
1967 “What Good Am I?”
b/w “Over My Head” (Non-album track)
24 66 The Best Of Cilla Black
“I Only Live To Love You”
b/w “From Now On” (Non-album track)
26 14
1968 Step Inside Love
b/w “I Couldn’t Take My Eyes Off You”
8 15 86 Sher-oo! Written by Lennon–McCartney; Initial 1968 Australian release peaked at No. 95
This chart peak is from 1969 re-release as an EP
“Where Is Tomorrow”
b/w “Work Is A Four Letter Word” (Non-album track)
39 The Best Of Cilla Black
1969 “Only Forever Will Do” /
“Follow Me” (Non-album track)
(Double A-Side)
95 Surround Yourself With Cilla Australian release only
“Surround Yourself With Sorrow”
b/w “London Bridge” (Non-album track)
3 5 24
b/w “Liverpool Lullaby” (from Surround Yourself With Cilla)
7 5 36 You’re My World
If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind
b/w “It Feels So Good” (Non-album track)
20 19 53
1970 “Child Of Mine”
b/w “That’s Why I Love You”
Non-album tracks
1971 Something Tells Me (Something’s Gonna Happen Tonight)
b/w “La La La Lu”
3 3 61
1972 “The World I Wish For You”
b/w “Down In The City”
“You, You, You”
b/w “Silly, Wasn’t I?”
1974 “Baby We Can’t Go Wrong”
b/w “Someone”
36 In My Life
“I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song”
b/w “Never Run Out (Of You)”
“He Was A Writer”
b/w “Anything You Might Say”
Non-album tracks
1975 “Alfie Darling”
b/w “Little Bit Of Understanding”
“I’ll Take A Tango”
b/w “To Know Him Is To Love Him”
It Makes Me Feel Good
1976 “Little Things Mean A Lot”
b/w “It’s Now!”
Non-album tracks
“Easy In Your Company”
b/w “I Believe (When I Fall In Love, It Will Be Forever)”
1977 “Keep Your Mind On Love”
b/w “I Wanted To Call It Off” (Non-album track)
Modern Priscilla
1978 “Silly Boy”
b/w “I Couldn’t Make My Mind Up”
“The Other Woman”
b/w “Opening Night”
1985 “There’s A Need In Me”
b/w “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” (Re-Recording)
Surprisingly Cilla
“Surprise, Surprise”
b/w “Put Your Love Where Your Heart Is”
1993 “Through The Years”
b/w “Through The Years (Orchestral Version)” (Non-album track)
54 Through The Years
“Heart and Soul” (with Dusty Springfield)
b/w “Heart and Soul” (Accapella, non-album track)) (withDusty Springfield)[6]
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” (with Barry Manilow)
b/w “Through the Years”
2003 “Step Inside Love” (TS versus CB, re-recording) Non-album tracks White Label 12″. Peaked at No. 3 on UK Club Chart
2009 “Something Tells Me” (2009 Remix) Digital download only
Step Inside Love(Tommy Sandhu Remixes, re-Recording) Digital download only

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