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Cilla Black OBE (born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on 27 May, 1943) is an English and television personality. After a successful recording career, she went on to become the highest paid female presenter in British television history. In 2013, Cilla Black celebrates 50 years in show business, as a prelude to this landmark anniversary EMI (the record label which launched her career in 1963) release ‘Completely Cilla: 1963-1973’ - a 5CD set containing all of her songs produced by George Martin with a bonus DVD of rare BBC TV music performances.

Cilla Black was born in Liverpool to a Protestant father and a Catholic mother. As a child she was encouraged to sing by her family. In the early 19, determined to break into show business, she got a part-time job as a cloakroom attendant at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles regularly played. Ideally placed to promote herself to local musicians, she impressed the Beatles and others with her talent and began her stage career with impromptu performances at the Cavern. She became a guest singer with Merseybeat bands Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes, and later The Big Three. During this period she also worked as a waitress at the Zodiac coffee lounge, where she met her future husband Bobby Willis.

Brian Epstein, a former retail manager from a prominent Jewish family on Merseyside, had a stable of artists drawn from the local music scene, headed by the Beatles.


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  • Davendemoniada

    Genuine working class lass. Shame she pulled up the ladder and became another Tory...

    22 Apr 5:30pm Reply
  • ChristFollower3

    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. -Romans 10:9

    22 Feb 9:58pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    ого, какая круть) вот видите, в начале 60-х женский рок-н-ролл не только из американок состоял

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • smoothwoman

    "Anyone Who Had A Heart"

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    not a Cilla fan ideally but the album/collection playing from is quite good ,lots of classic 60s hits covered.

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Uinplen


    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • czar13

    I look at with her performance video at TV on quickly with year , I d not know, maybe 1965. can it is miraculous really.

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • britishboy1976

    Cilla was recently interviewed by THE WORD – one of Britain’s top “Rock & Pop” music magazines. The multi-million selling singer chatted to them about her chart-topping pop career of the 1960s and EMI’s recently released 6-disc anthology, ‘Completely Cilla: 1963-1973′. Since THE WORD launched in 2003 it has notably interviewed many icons from the pop world. These include Paul McCartney, Prince, Nick Cave, U2, Morrissey, Björk, Oasis, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Amy Winehouse, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Van Morrison. Make sure you don’t miss out on the magazine’s interview with Cilla which is due to be published in the August edition of the monthly magazine (issue 114). This should be on sale in all good newsagents from the 12 July 2012.

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • britishboy1976

    EMI release on the 23 April 2012 a 5CD boxset 'COMPLETELY CILLA: 1963-1973'. It comes with a bonus Region 0 / NTSC DVD of many previously unreleased BBC TV music performances. It's an amazing music set with 139 audio recordings all produced by George Martin!

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KarlaBeatles

    I love her!!! :*

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • realRemox

    You've lost that loooooooooovin' feeeeeelin' :'D

    8 Jul 2011 Reply
  • zhouxuelei


    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    She has a nice voice.

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • MyNamesLewis

    That picture gives me a stiffy hehehehehehehehehehehe

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • PowerofCeline


    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • jonasminduim

    she's a 60s icon, no doubts about that, but she pales in comparsion to Dusty, Lulu, Marianne, Sandie and Petula, in my humble opinion. still, she has a few good songs.

    11 Apr 2010 Reply
  • TheJoshmire

    Terrible singer. And not a nice person.

    9 Apr 2010 Reply
  • rebel_121

    great voice

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    Not many listeners eh? I try and divorce the singer from the entertainer / presenter / pension peddler she eventually morphed into (one for the UK audience only I think). Fantastic singer, but heaven forbid, I prefer the Cher version of 'Alfie' on the original soundtrack...

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
  • daslava

    adorable voice

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
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