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The Rock-itt : April 2012
She got a m ention in the local music rag called, “The Mersey Beat” where her name was misquoted as Cilla Black instead of Cilla White. Cilla liked the name and soon adopted it as her stage name which she has kept right up to this very day. Eventually Brian Epstein, who had started his meteoric rise to a position where he was regarded as Liverpool’s number one entertainment impresario, was asked by John Lennon to audition Cilla, but because of nerves as well as the Beatles playing the backing music in the wrong key for Cilla’s voice, the audition was a flop and a desponded Cilla was shown the door. But as luck would have it, Epstein caught Cilla at the Blue Angle Club one night and seeing her at her relaxed self with her voice under no stress, he liked what he heard and instantly signed Cilla to a contract. He added her to his stable of local talent which included The Beatles, Gerry and the Pace Makers, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, Marianne Faithfull, all of whom were becoming household names throughout Liverpool. Last month Rock History saw us in England at the height of the swinging sixties. The world was experiencing another global phenomenon as the British music invasion turned into a pandemic, infecting young people with its musical virus. The Beatles wer e the forerunners of this latest craze y et there were dozens of British bands and artists which were held in extremely high regard, and one young lady in particular stood out in my recollections. Her name is Cilla Black. In actual fact her real name was Pricilla White and she was the girl who worked part time as the hat check girl in the cloak room at the Cavern Club in Liverpool around the same time as The Beatles were beginning to make their stamp on the local music scene. She would be lured out from behind the counter of the cloakroom to do the odd guest appearance on stage at the Cavern and was noticed as potential talent by The Beatles as well as local promoter, Sam Leach who talked her into doing a gig at another Liverpool night spot called the Casanova Club. Cilla had a falsetto voice which was strong and the range she could obtain was quite remarkable. After seeing Cilla doing her guest appearances at the Cavern, Liverpool bands began inviting Cilla to do guest spots at their gigs and soon she grew in status as a popular singer around Liverpool. Help us to keep The Rock-itt magazine out there by advertising in our pages. The cost is very affordable and the results are impressive. Call Pete on: Ph: 9975 1105 or 0438751101 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s keep ROCKIN’ around the Beaches This Month: The British Invasion of the Sixties Part 3