Bobby Willis Cilla Black Death

His first known recorded piece, "Shy of Love," was on the B-side of Cilla Black's September 1963 debut album, "Love of the Loved." Throughout the 1960s, he was tasked with writing several songs for his then-girlfriend to record and sing. In 1965, the beat film Ferry Cross the Mersey contained one of his most successful songs, "Is It Love?" On some tracks, he worked with Clive Westlake, Kenny Lynch, and The Beatles' producer George Martin.

Black signed her first deal with Terry McCann, a longtime friend and neighbor. However, since the contact was made when she was a juvenile, it was never honored. Later, John Lennon introduced her to Brian Epstein, who encouraged him to give her an audition. The audition was a flop. Epstein approached Black in September 1963 after seeing her play at the jazz bar known as the âBlue Angel.â Epstein introduced her to George Martin. Her career began well with the publication of her first song, âLove of the Loved,â three weeks after she joined âEpstein,â in 1963. The song reached at number 35 in the United Kingdom. This initial achievement proved to be a watershed moment for Cilla.

Despite their affluence, the pair seemed to live a "average family life" at home; for example, during Christmas, Bobby prepared four stuffings for the turkey while Cilla baked the potatoes. (Despite the fact that they possessed four Christmas trees, one for each of the house's major rooms, and Bobby insisted on using only Harrods sausage meat.) Apart from their primary residence, the pair had apartments in London and Barbados, as well as a property in Spain. Willis spent his limited free time golfing and keeping budgerigars and cockatiels, and once said that he would only play the National Lottery if it was a roll-over week.

Cilla died in August 2015 at her vacation house in Spain, according to reports. An autopsy later found that she died of a stroke after a fall at home. Numerous members of the showbiz and entertainment industries, including Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, and Paul O'Grady, expressed their sorrow upon her passing. Cilla's compilation CD of her most successful songs debuted at number one in the charts the day following her death. Do you like this story? Subscribe to our newsletter to have similar articles sent directly to your inbox.

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