Showing posts with label Cilla Black. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cilla Black. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Masks appear on Beatles and Cilla Black statues in Liverpool


With COVID-19 on the rise again in England, Liverpool's real service is encouraging people to help stop the spread by placing masks on notable statues around town, including those honoring the Beatles and their pal, singer Cilla Black.

As face coverings are now mandatory on public transport, Merseyrail has gone one step further to reinforce the message to customers by covering up five of its trains. A large yellow face covering has been added to the outside of five of the rail operator’s trains alongside the message “Have you got it covered?” and is now visible traveling around the network.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Rare pics: Ringo and Cilla Black

A Daily Express article today teasing a new British TV special about Cilla Black makes much ado about Ringo once "proposing" to the famed singer - a friend of the Beatles who was also managed by Brian Epstein.

Though the story about the proposal - it was just a joke between the two friends - is silly, the article features some fun pics of Ringo rehearsing a performance for Cilla's TV series in 1968.





Friday, March 30, 2018

Vintage ad for Cilla Black's "Step Inside Love"

"Step Inside Love" is a Paul McCartney tune released as a single by Cilla Black in March 1968 and featured as the theme to her TV variety show, Cilla, which debuted in January of that year.

A Beatles version of the song, done off the cuff during the "White Album" sessions, appear on Anthology 3.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

Fifty years after John Lennon's "bigger than Jesus" remarks flared into controversy in the United States, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reprints an article from that time in which a pastor threatens to revoke the church membership of anyone who agreed with John's statement. The article also notes that the band canceled a news conference in the city, possibly related to the Jesus controversy.
"I will revoke the membership of any members of my church who agree with John Lennon's remark about Jesus or who go to see the Beatles at the Stadium Sunday night," the Rev. Thurman H. Babbs, pastor of the New Heaven Baptist Church, said yesterday.

... It's high time Christians speak out on this atheistic remark," the Rev. Mr. Babbs said. "I know I'm leaving myself open to charges that I'm a dictator, but it's high time somebody shocked Christianity's conscience."
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The same foundry that created statues of the Beatles now on display at Liverpool's Albert Docks is creating one honoring singer Cilla Black, who died last year.
Black's family approached Castle Fine Arts Foundry after being impressed with statues it produced of The Beatles.
It has also created artworks of The Queen and boxer Muhammad Ali.
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Patsy Leigh, a retired airline stewardess who flew out of Liverpool during the Beatles' early days shared her memories with the Liverpool Echo this week.
“We carried The Beatles on many flights, before and after they were famous. I really just knew them as four boys with pudding haircuts!
“And what was lovely about those boys was that when they became famous they were still the same boys we had known before.
“Paul was very outgoing and friendly – a born comedian. John was a little bit withdrawn and quiet, Ringo was a bit quiet, too, and George was lovely. Paul was terrified of flying and always sat with a hostess at the back of the plane. And when they had become famous he would read out fan letters to us.
“He asked me once ‘Do you like our music?’ I said I hadn’t heard much of it because I was a bit older than them. He howled with laughter, and I felt a bit embarrassed. I still feel a bit ashamed about that, but we never had the time to go out to places like the Cavern.”
Patsy, who never even asked them for autographs, adds: “Even now, all these years on, I can only remember them as delightful boys. They were always polite, respectful, great fun and very, very happy to be on their way home to Liverpool.”
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A Beatles fan who grew up near John Lennon's Kenwood estate, which is now up for sale, recalls visiting the star as a teen.
A huge Lennon fan, Mrs Millea and friends would cycle through the woods and golf course on long summer days in a bid to meet the superstar songwriter.
At the time, the large wooden double gates to Kenwood were generally left open, meaning easy access for this particular eager young fan group.
“John was just a really nice guy and very laid back about us being there,” said Mrs Millea, now 64, a grandmother living in Emsworth in Hampshire.
“They were lovely times, John was my favourite person in the world - he had a depth to him, a real man of the people.”
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The New York Times this week featured a not terribly enlightening interview with Paul McCartney, in which Macca discusses some his philosophies regarding live performances and stage patter.
Having spent decades on the road with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist, Mr. McCartney acknowledges that concertgoers may have heard one of his well-worn stories before. “If you think of it like a Broadway show, they don’t alter their lines or their jokes every night,” he said. “Once you have some idea of what goes down well with an audience, you kind of stick to it. So if I’m telling a story about Jimi Hendrix that I’ve said before, then I’ll use little phrases, like ‘As I say’ or ‘I often tell the story’ to not sound like, oh my God, he’s on auto-repeat.”
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Paul McCartney is among a group of more than 40 artists and performers calling on Brazilian and European leaders to recognize the rights of an Amazonian community whose territory is threatened by a planned complex of dams.
In a letter to the Guardian, the group says Brazil’s plan to build four large and many smaller dams on the Tapajós river and its tributaries could destroy thousands of square miles of forest and imperil the Munduruku indigenous people.
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Ron Howard held a special screening of "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years" in London earlier this week, although no specific details of the film were revealed in this story.

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The BBC will to air a series of programs by DJ and Beatles pal Kenny Everett, which haven't been heard in more than 40 years.
“Because he was great mates with the Beatles he would create jingles with Beatles tracks.

“He did one with the backing track to Yellow Submarine and he even previewed John Lennon’s Imagine album. He did shows that sounded better than national radio and was generally very entertaining.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Original Paul McCartney demo for "It's For You" surfaces in Liverpool

Family members of late singer Cilla Black have found an ultra-rare Paul McCartney recording - the original demo for her 1964 hit "It's for You," written by the former Beatle.

The acetate disk, labeled "Cilla Black - It's For You," was found in the collection of one of Black's relatives who died last year. Members of his own family, thinking it was an old recording by Cilla took it to Liverpool's Beatles Shop, where it was played. The voice on the record, however, belonged to Paul, not Cilla.

"I was shaking with excitement and speechless," said Beatles Shop owner Stephen Bailey in a news release. "I realised that this was the long lost Beatles demo disc from 1964 and I was probably one of the few people to have seen and heard it in over 50 years."

He added: "Apart from a few crackles, which you get with acetates, the quality is fine. It's a wonderful recording.

"I can't think of finding anything better unless I discover there is a sixth Beatle."

Black wrote in her memoir, "What's it All About?," that "John and Paul wrote my next single ‘It’s For You’ and Paul introduced me to the song by sending a demo disc that he had made of it round to The Palladium. Although Paul had sung it as a waltz, George Martin took a big hand in my recording of it and asked Johnny Spence to arrange it."

Paul played piano on Cilla's recording of the song, which peaked at number 7 on the British charts.

The disc will go on sale August 27 at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in the Paul McCartney Auditorium of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and is estimated to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.

Beatles fans can hear a 20-second clip of the recording, which McCartney introduces with the words "'It's For You' take one'"  here.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Memoir: Cilla Black remembers Beatles encounters

The Daily Mail is publishing some of the late Cilla Black's showbiz recollections, including her relationship with fellow Liverpudlians, the Beatles.
Pop in the Sixties was a world of little white lies. I found that out early, with my first single, Love Of The Loved, by Lennon and McCartney. Brian Epstein, who was the boys’ manager as well as mine, let the media think the song had been specially written for me by John and Paul.

It was cobblers, of course. I’d heard The Beatles doing the song myself during lunchtime sessions at the Cavern.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

So long, Cilla Black

Sad news today: Beatles' friend Cilla Black has passed away at age 72. The BBC has a report here.

She had a long association with the Beatles, from her early cover of the Lennon-McCartney tune, "Love of the Loved," to her own variety series on British television, which featured a theme tune, "Step Inside Love," composed by Paul.

Ringo Starr guested on Cilla's British TV shows a number of times. Here's a rare clip of one of those occasions:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

British TV mini-series profiles Cilla Black - see the trailer

Britain's ITV has produced a three-part docu-drama focused on the life of Liverpool singer Cilla Black.
Perhaps best known to an American audience as the singer of Lennon/McCartney and Burt Bacharach songs during the British beat boom, Cilla began her career singing at the Cavern Club with the Beatles, was signed up by their manager Brian Epstein, and then their record label Parlophone, and recorded at Abbey Road with George Martin. With great success, including the theme song to the Michael Caine movie Alfie. 

...So a trailer for Cilla, a dramatic recreation of those early years, starring Gavin & Stacey’s Sheridan Smith (with fake teeth), is bound to be of interest, especially to Beatles nuts, because look who’s there in the Cavern with her:       

Friday, May 16, 2014

Beatles' pal Cilla Black receives career honor, recounts her story

Set to receive a special award at this year's BAFTAs, Cilla shares her career memories with the Daily Mirror.
“ I remember the day that changed my life. It was 1964, a freezing February Sunday, and I’d been waiting for hours in the phone box in Scottie Road.

“Brian [Epstein] was going to ring from London to tell me how my single, Anyone Who Had a Heart, was doing in the charts.

“Then he called. He said: ‘It’s selling nearly 100,000 copies a day. It’s at No 1’. I ran out of that box beside myself with happiness.”

Epstein predicted Cilla would be “one of the biggest stars in this country for the next 30 or 40 years”.
Cilla smiles: “He was only 10 years out then! I only expected to last three years as a pop singer... that’s all you got then. I don’t know why he liked me so much, but I was definitely the darling of Brian’s bunch. He saw me as the new Judy Garland! I was never going to be like that.

Check the link for a nice photo gallery, too. Some pics of Cilla with the Fabs: