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In September 1963, Cilla Black OBE began her career in show business as a recording artist.
One of Cilla’s earliest career highlights as a pop star was to perform in front of Queen Elizabeth II at the 1964 Royal Variety Performance.
For the opening sequence of Cilla’s performance the London Palladium’s stage curtains revealed her stepping out of a sports car In April 1966, Cilla opened in a 3-week cabaret season at London’s Savoy Hotel.
Her show regularly commanded staggering audience figures of between 18 and 22 million until it ended in 1976.
Apart from providing Cilla with the opportunity to perform her music, it also showcased her infectious personality, her ability to host a live show, the ease with which she performed with guest stars, acted in comedy sketches and her forte – her interaction with the general public.
In August 1967, only days before his premature death, Brian Epstein had engineered Cilla’s switch to television with her own eponymous variety show for BBC TV.
The immediate success of the ‘Cilla’ series marked the beginning of a new phase of Cilla’s professional life as she was now one of Britain’s top-rated television entertainers.
In 1983, Cilla signed a record breaking contract with LWT (London Weekend Television) to host ‘Surprise, Surprise’ heralding the beginning of another extraordinarily successful phase of her lengthy television career.
‘Surprise, Surprise’ commenced in May 1984 after a pilot show from a year earlier was deemed a success.
“Having a collaborator who can just come out with a stunning song like Closest Thing To Crazy or Nine Million Bicycles, it’s tricky to work with that internally, in my own mind.” She also suggests that Batt is “not a very good co-writer, he does tend to write his best songs on his own.” The two have collaborated on one of the album’s key songs, however, along with Batt’s son Luke (who co-produced Ketevan).