The death yesterday of Cilla Black at the age of 72 fills most Brits over the age of 30 with a sense of sadness.
I can remember hearing and liking, but not buying, her early singles, recorded shortly after John Lennon had plucked the cloakroom attendant from the Cavern Club, famed as the grooming ground for Liverpool beat groups.
Her first number one hit was this Burt Bacharach and Hal David song …
But no matter. When they sang together, as seen in this TV clip from 1993, they sang with mutual respect and a recognition of the importance of family entertainment.
For some, she is most fondly remembered for hosting Blind Date, the show which forged her lasting reputation as ‘Our’ Cilla, a lady with a natural lack of ‘star’ affectations.