Cilla Black, U.K. Pop Star Managed By Brian Epstein, Passes At 72
August 3, 2015 at 11:16 AM (PT)
U.K. pop diva and TV star CILLA BLACK, (real name PRISCILLA WHITE) died at 72 of natural causes, her agent told the BBC.COM, in ESTEPONA on SPAIN's COSTA DEL SOL, where she had a home.
A huge star in her U.K. home, BRITISH Prime Minister DAVID CAMERON remembered BLACK as a "huge talent who made a significant contribution to public life."
BLACK was discovered working as a cloak room girl at the CAVERN in LIVERPOOL by BRIAN EPSTEIN, who first took the youngster under his wing after seeing her open for local acts such as THE BEATLES and GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS. PRISCILLA WHITE soon changed her name to CILLA BLACK, launching her singing career with chart-topping U.K. hits such as "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "Youre My World," then shifted to television, where she was given her own BBC ONE primetime series before going on to host a number of popular BRITISH TV shows like "Surprise Surprise" and "Blind Date." Her debut single, "Love Of The Loved," was written by PAUL McCARTNEY and JOHN LENNON and produced by GEORGE MARTIN.
Among her Top 10 U.K. hits was the original version of BURT BACHARACH and HAL DAVID's "Alfie," later covered by CHER and DIONNE WARWICK, who had the U.S. hit with the theme song to the hit 1966 movie starring MICHAEL CAINE.
BLACK leaves behind three sons, her oldes ROBERT, who was her manager, BEN and JACK.