Now looks back on some of the dazzing showbiz lagacy left behind by Cilla Black.
She was the wise quipped, witty and incredibly warm Scouser who paved a phenomenal and longstanding career of over 50 years through her undeniable likeability and charm, leaving more than a few smiles behind in her dazzling showbiz legacy. Here, Now celebrates just a few of Cilla Black’s career highights.
Her career began musically in 1963, during which two of her singles, ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart‘ and ‘You’re My World‘ both reached number one in the charts. It was very clear a star had been born as her cover of ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart‘ was named the UK’s biggest selling single by a female artist in 1960.
Cilla then transitioned her career into presenting after being offered the role of hosting her own TV show, Cilla. The show housed all the musical greats, the theme song itself was written for her by friend and fellow Liverpudlian Paul McCartney. During the very first episode Cilla sang a duet with none other than Tom Jones.
Our favourite Cilla Black duet, however, remains to be one featuring a very familiar fox…
Cilla and Basil Brush duetting together in 1977.
Cilla went on to host hit shows Surprise Surprise and became the beloved Scouser cupid of Blind Date. The show was inevitably a massive hit and ran for a mega 18-years, in which Cilla and her infectious sense of humour had a ‘lorra lorra laughs’ pairing the lonely hearts of the most outrageous guests.
The show was in no way short of funny moments – aww, who remembers ‘our Graham’ who gave the quick reminders? – and the odd pre-fame celebrity guest…
Here is Cilla aiding a young and freshfaced Amanda Holden in her quest for romance in 1991.
A 1994 comedy sketch visit from none other than Mr Bean for Comic Relief saw Cilla easing the man of few words into his mission for love – anyone else spot Scottish actor Alan Cummings too?
In celebration of Cilla’s legendary 50 years as the sound and sights of prime time television, ITV honoured her achievements with a one off special ‘The One and Only Cilla Black’ which was hosted by close friend Paul O’Grady. The show saw Cilla puting her matchmaking hat on one last time in a Blind Date special.