“Anyone Who Had A Heart” one of the era’s most enduring hits.
By Fred Mills
In the ‘60s we budding young fanboys had huge crushes on 4 pop singers: Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Lulu, and Cilla Black. Their glorious vocals, combined with a sexy-but-not-slutty visual appeal, made ‘em all but irresistible. Sadly, the BBC is reporting that Black passed away on Aug. 2 at the age of 72. Apparently she was “sunbathing at her villa in Estepona when she stood up, lost her balance and fell hitting her head, which knocked her unconscious. She subsequently died of a stroke, and would not have suffered.”
Authorities in Spain confirmed this with an autopsy and are releasing the body to her three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack Willis, in order to return it to England for a funeral. They issued a statement that read, “We would like to thank everyone, especially the people of Liverpool. The tributes and condolences have really helped us through these difficult times.The Spanish authorities have now told us we are able to bring Mum home, which we hope to do as quickly as possible. We would also like to thank all those involved for their assistance with this matter. We respectfully request for our continued privacy to grieve.”
Born in Liverpool, Black, of course, had several massive hits back in the day, notably Bacharach-David composition “Anyone Who Had A Heart” and “You’re My World,” both in ’64. Turns out John Lennon had noticed her and introduced her to the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, who eventually signed her. Later she became a popular actress and TV presenter, having also hosted the Cilla variety show on the BBC. More recently, in 2013, Britain’s ITV honored Black with a special program titled The One and Only Cilla Black.