Cilla Black Remembered: From Sixties Style Icon To Blind Date Queen

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  • Cilla Black started out making cups of tea for The Beatles at The Cavern Club and became one of the UK's most beloved entertainers

    Cilla Black has died at the age of 72.

    From cloakroom girl at the world’s most famous music venue to beloved TV presenter, Cilla’s 50-year career made her a household name across the generations.

    Her passing has sparked an outpouring of grief from her numerous celebrity friends, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Paul O’Grady.

    “Such a shock to hear about Cilla’s passing,” wrote Beatle Paul on Twitter last night.

    “She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit. From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at The Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around. She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her.”

    Cilla met Paul and fellow Beatle John Lennon at Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club back in the early 60s where she worked as a cloakroom attendant, serving cups of tea while bands like The Beatles and Jerry and The Pacemakers played their early gigs – those were the days eh?

    At the tender age of 20, Cilla’s signature set of pipes earned her a spot supporting The Beatles after Lennon persuaded manager Brian Epstein to give the Liverpudlian lass an audition.

    Not only did Cilla rub shoulders with icons like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Dusty Springfield, her unique voice saw her top the UK charts with Burt Bacharach penned classics like ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ and ‘Alfie’.

    “She was the most remarkable woman, a true legend,” wrote Sheridan Smith, who starred in the hit ITV biopic ‘Cilla’ about the entertainer’s early life.

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