5 of the late Cilla Black's greatest hits

Cilla Black at the 14th Annual Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, California, in 2005.
Cilla Black at the 14th Annual Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, California, in 2005. PHOTO: AFP

Cilla Black, one of Britain's most well-loved stars, died in Spain at the age of 72 on Saturday.


Tributes have poured in from across the country for the singer (real name Priscilla White) - and later wildly successful television presenter - who notched 19 consecutive Top 40 hits, which included 11 top 10 singles and two consecutive number ones.

Here are five famous songs from the 1960s icon.

1. Love Of The Loved

Written by Paul McCartney of Beatles fame, Black's debut single reached a relatively modest 35 in the UK singles charts.

Word has it that Brian Epstein, who managed the Beatles, had rejected Black following her first audition but had a change of heart when he heard her sing again at a jazz club. She became his only female client in September 1963 and subsequently signed her with record producer George Martin to cut Love Of The Loved.

2. Anyone Who Had A Heart

This was the first of two chart-toppers for Black in a prolific 1964 - it was penned by the American pair of Grammy- and Academy Award-winner Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David. Famed US songstress Dionne Warwick first released the song the previous year to much acclaim.

Black's rendition occupied the No. 1 spot for three weeks in February and March and sold over a million copies worldwide.

3. You're My World

An adaptation of the 1963 Italian song Il Mio Mondo (My World) by composer Umberto Bindi, which received lukewarm response initially.

Black's English version, commissioned by her producer Martin, catapulted her to the top for the second and final time in her singing career. It reached pole position on the British charts at the end of May 1964 and stayed there for four weeks.

4. Alfie

Another song written by Bacharach and David, this time to promote Michael Caine's 1966 film of the same name, about a skirt-chasing young man who leads a promiscuous lifestyle.

While they originally preferred their long-time collaborator Warwick to record the song, the film's studio (Paramount) wanted a British singer to suit its setting. Black was handed the gig after first choice Sandie Shaw turned it down. The track entered the top 10 at No. 9 in May that year.

The title of Black's 2003 autobiography What's It All About is borrowed from the first line of the song.

5. Work Is A Four-Letter Word

It is notable for being the theme song for the eponymous 1968 comedy, Black's only film role. The movie was panned by critics despite being based on the much-lauded play Eh?.

The song has also been cited as the catalyst to guitarist Johnny Marr splitting from English rock band The Smiths, due to vocalist Morrissey's insistence that they play it.

"I didn't form a group to perform Cilla Black songs," Marr famously said in 1992.