“[A] product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a [British] national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died,” reports the Associated Press. Her name was Cilla Black, and she was 72.
The AP continues, “Former Beatle Paul McCartney said news of Black’s death came as a shock. ‘She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her,’ McCartney said in a statement. Ringo Starr tweeted: ‘She was a good friend we will all miss her.’”
In the U.S., Black is best known for her big-voice belting of “You’re My World,” which peaked at No. 26 on the U.S. charts in 1964. It was a No. 1 song in the United Kingdom. Black was 21 when the song charted in the U.S.
Writes the U.K, newspaper The Guardian, Black “moved from [a] singing star in the vanguard of the 1960s Merseyside pop revolution to queen of Saturday night television and then subject of a much-praised TV biopic last year.
“Black, 72, …whose five-decade career was honoured last year by entertainment industry body Bafta, died at her home in Estepona near Marbella in Spain on Sunday.
“Black’s publicist Nick Fiveash said: ‘It is with deep sorrow that I confirm the passing of singer and TV personality Cilla Black. Details of her death will be announced following the coroner’s report. Her family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time.’”
Here’s a video we found on YouTube of Black singing “You’re My World” on a TV show in 1964. As she is introduced you’ll see the Beatles leading the applause for her: