-----Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White, on May 27, 1943 in Liverpool, Cilla Black OBE is an English singer most famous in the UK for her singles "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "You're My World." Both songs released in 1964, reached number 1.
As a child she was encouraged to sing by her family. In the early 1960s, 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.
|Celia with Frankie Howard|
Black went on to score eleven Top Ten hits on the British charts between 1964 and 1971. In May 2010, new research published by BBC Radio 2 claimed 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 United States, peaking at No.26 on the Billboard Hot 100, and both songs were among the chart-toppers in Australia.
After a successful recording career in the 1960s and early 1970s, and a brief time as a comedy actress in the 1970s, Black became a prominent television presenter in the 1980s and 1990s.
In September 2013, Black will celebrate 50 years in show business. British television network ITV will honour this unique milestone with a one off Entertainment special to air autumn 2013. The show called The One & Only Cilla Black stars Cilla herself and is hosted by Paul O’ Grady.
Parlophone Records (the record label which launched her career in 1963) will also release the career-spanning CD The 50th Anniversary Collection - containing Black's most successful international hits, her complete Lennon/McCartney songbook, club remixes plus a bonus DVD of the 1966 TV music special 'Cilla at the Savoy'.
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