I don't know why Cilla never made it big in the United States. She had such a large singing voice and it would have sounded amazing on the Broadway stage. However, she was well known in the UK, and maybe for her that is how it needed to be. She was a loving wife and mother and a beautiful woman that will be missed by us all.
Paul and Ringo sent their condolences:
I just heard the news Cilla black has left us she was a good friend we will all miss her peace to Cilla peace and love to the family R&B xxx
"Such a shock to hear about Cilla’s passing. She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit. From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around. She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her."
|A photo from Ringo's collection of he and Cilla in the early days|
|Cilla: The only female in a cast of men|
|Cilla with Brian Epstein celebrating her 21st birthday|
|Cilla working at the Cavern Club|
|Cilla along with Brian and Ringo on a game show|
|With Paul and John during the "Music of Lennon and McCartney" special|