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Cilla Black
One of the most famous scousers, known for her singing career during the 60s and 70s, and her time as a TV presenter from the 70s onwards.

Born Priscilla White during the 2nd World War, White began to pursue a career as an entertainer. She worked in the Cavern Club, whilst there she was heard singing by the Beatles who where impressed with her performance. They persuaded Brian Epstein to sign her, who subsequently introduced her to George Martin who signed her to Parlophone. She used Cilla Black as her stage name, after a mistake in the Mersey Beat newspaper referred to her as this. She liked the name and began to use it.

During he 60s, Cilla was the best selling British female artist and was asked to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest (she declined). Her singing career began to decline in the 70s, but she began working in television in the late 60s and continued into the 70s. In the 80s, she began to host the popular shows 'Surprise, Surprise' and 'Blind Date'. The success of these programmes would continue throughout the 90s, which is when I was born.

Being 23 the memories I have of Cilla Black are based on her time as a presenter during the 90s. I remember being a child and watching Saturday night TV whilst having dinner with the family. Shows would include 'Gladiators', 'Big Break', Noel's House Party, and forgetting the classic 'Blind Date' hosted by Cilla. Looking back on these programmes today, I try to understand how they where as popular as they where, and I believe it is largely due to the people that presented them, with Cilla arguably being the most popular. She somehow made a dating show one of the most popular shows on television at the time.

At the turn of the millennium, her career seemed to slow down, the shows that where popular in the 90s seemed to have lost their appeal and where being replaced. Cilla still made appearances on television, and her popularity never seemed to fade even after her television appearances where much less frequent. She even appeared in a pantomime of Cinderella in 2008/09, which featured an all-scouse cast to celebrate the cities year as European Capital of Culture. in this she would perform many of her classic songs throughout her career, and received positive reviews on her singing and performance. I was there for one of the shows with my family, and remember her performance standing out.

Cilla has been successful for over 50 years now, and I don't think anyone would have a bad word to say about her. Whilst people like Steven Gerrard may get booed by people not from the city, there was something about Cilla that appealed to people. This could be due to her positive attitude, her quick wit, and who could forget her use of scouse during her time presenting, with catchphrases such as 'Lorra, lorra', and referring to the narrator of Blind Date as 'Our Graham'. I will always remember looking forward to Saturday nights and watching my favourite shows, of which Cilla played a major role.


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