How The Beatles helped Cilla Black to get her first music contract

CILLA BLACK was a starlet of stage and screen - but how did the Beatles help her get her start in the music industry?

PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 10:01, Sun, Sep 6, 2020

Cilla Black is known for her incredible voice and hilarious banter with Blind Date contestants. The Liverpudlian sweetheart was loved and adored by fans – and still is in the five years since her death. She was a true icon of her time – but how did she become close to The Beatles?


On this day (September 6) in 1963, Cilla Black signed a management contract with none other than The Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Of course, given the Fab Four were Liverpudlians as well as Brian himself, the talent scout was always on the look out for new performers from his hometown.

In fact, it was The Beatles who helped Cilla make her name in the first place.

She was introduced to Brian by John Lennon, who persuaded him to audition her for a contract after his Aunt Mimi had heard her sing, and encouraged John to introduce them.

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Cilla Black - how Beatles helped her get her contractCilla Black - how Beatles helped her get her contract (Image: Getty)

Cilla Black with Brian Epstein, George Harrison and Pattie BoydCilla Black with Brian Epstein, George Harrison and Pattie Boyd (Image: Getty)

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Brian was not particularly interested in her, but agreed to hear her play with the Beatles backing her.

Sadly, the audition did not go too well, partly due to the songs being in the wrong key for Cilla to sing.

She wrote in her autobiography What’s It All About?: “I'd chosen to do "Summertime", but at the very last moment I wished I hadn't.

“I adored this song, and had sung it when I came to

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