‘Whats It All About? – The Cilla Black Story’
Broadcast Boxing Day BBC Radio 2
In Late 2018 Cilla Black returned to the UK album charts with her recording showcasing her best-loved songs with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, so an opportune time to reflect her unique musical story. As one the UK’s best loved & popular television stars, it’s easy to forget, in the early 60’s Cilla Black was the second biggest-selling music star to emerge from Liverpool – after The Beatles. Undoubtedly she holds a unique position in the history of popular music as a Brian Epstein discovery. As programme presenter Claire Sweeney reveals thanks to the production skills of George Martin she became a formidable singer, one of the UK’s favourite pop performers during the ’60s and ‘70s with a string of engaging hit records. The programme explores her best known recordings with comments from those who were there plus friends and family, coming right up to date with her latest album with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.