Long before Cilla Black was the celebrated host of Surprise, Surprise and Blind Date, she’d carved herself a noteworthy music career. For those of us old enough to remember, Black’s voice had a purity and conviction that set her apart from other songstresses of the 60s and 70s.
Black was introduced to producer, Jeffrey Epstein, by Beatle, John Lennon. He, in turn, introduced her to George Martin, who signed her to Parlophone Records. Her first single, Love of the Loved, also had a Beatles connection, having been written by Lennon and McCartney. McCartney later hailed Black’s cover of The Long and Winding Road as “the definitive version”.
However, her music career didn’t end in the 70s. In the early Noughties, Black released Beginnings… Greatest Hits and New Songs, 12 years before her untimely death. An icon in every sense of the word, Black was the biggest-selling female artist of the 1960s.