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For No-One  performed by Cilla Black  1966
Composed by Lennon/McCartney

This beautiful cover of the Beatles song was buried on a b-side in the UK in 1966,it deserved to have been a big hit for Cilla. Cilla's treatment and George Martin's arrangement make this essential listening.


available on CD - The Essential Cilla Black (EMI)



  22 Apr 04 ·olli: Cilla Black is definetively one of my favourite performers of Lennon/mccartne- related material. Her voice is just incredibly right for this style of music..great stuff.
I’ve Been Wrong Before  performed by Cilla Black  1965
Composed by Randy Newman

This 1965 cover of a then new songwriter Randy Newman was a moderate hit for Cilla in the UK reaching No.17. It is superbly sung and arranged, indeed Randy Newman has said on numerous occasions that Cilla's version of this is his favourite version of all his songs. Dusty also recorded this in 1965, taking it slightly slower than Cilla, but an excellent version nonetheless.


available on CD - The Abbey Road Sessions 1963-1973 (EMI)



  01 Oct 05 ·Flippet: I adore this recording. I don't understand why it wasn't an even bigger hit for Cilla at the time but I can totally understand why composer Randy Newman loves it. Cilla in her prime - unstoppable!!
How Can I Be Sure  performed by Dusty Springfield  1970
Composed by Cavaliere/Brigati

This should have been massive for Dusty in 1970, a lovely arrangement including accordian, it only reached the mid 30's in the UK. Amazingly David Cassidy had a big hit with it only 3 years later, it was nowhere near as good as Dusty's.

from The Silver Collection (Philips 834 128-2)



  13 Jan 03 ·robert[o]: A good friend of mine has this theory that the greatest pop songs are ultimately about states of joy. I don't know I if agree, but this song is supports the arguement really well. St. Dusty @ her most god-like. Great choice.
  09 Jan 04 ·rio: aptly put indeed; "spooky", another case in point with dusty..
  08 Jul 05 ·Flippet: Have to disagree with the comment on David Cassidy's "How Can I Be Sure". While Dusty gave the song her own sensitive interpretation, David's version is totally memorable and is a true pop classic of the 70s. The production quality of the track and David's amazing vocals deservedly took the song to #1.
  08 Jul 05 ·konsu: Hmmm... It's almost as if The Young Rascals didn't exsit.
  07 Dec 05 ·Swinging London: I always thought the Young Rascals' version was terribly produced, though I can't remember why. I was always hearing them on the oldies channels in New York City when I lived there...apart from 'Groovin'' they're practically unknown in England.
Conversations  performed by Cilla Black  1969
Composed by Greenaway/Cook/Lordan

This was Cilla's longest single, clocking in at over 4 minutes, an oddly paced ballad that gradually builds, it is one of those songs that takes a while to take hold, but once it has you're hooked. This is one of Cilla's best performances on disc, and it deservedly reached No. 7 in the UK in 1969

from The Abbey Road Decade 1963-1973 (EMI 7243 8 57053 2 8)


Beautiful Goodbye  performed by Cilla Black  2003

This is the best track on Cilla's new CD, 'Beginnings', its a cover, but she does it very well indeed.

from Beginnings (EMI)


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