One of the greatest pop singers of the ‘60s has died: Cilla Black, who – although she was best known in America for her lone US top-40 single, “You’re My World” – remained a popular figure in the UK throughout the decades for her music as well as her TV work.
Born in Liverpool with a steadfast determination to become an entertainer, Black got a job taking coats at the famed Cavern Club, but it didn’t take long before her gifts as a singer were discovered and she found herself on the road to stardom. By 1963, the Beatles had introduced her to Brian Epstein, who signed her as a client and introduced her to George Martin, and from there began a collaboration which would serve her tremendously well over the next several years, starting with her debut single, “Love of the Loved,” a previously-unreleased John Lennon and Paul McCartney composition.
"All summer long, we spent dancin' in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playin'
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
That's your image of SoCal, I know. Beach bunnies and surfboards. Endless summer sunsets.
But the truth is that's not the way it's been this summer.
The Replacements recently returned to the UK after a 24-year hiatus - and blew The Roundhouse away with two nights of energetic rock, passionate ballads, punk riffs, and the melodic American rock. Here is the setlist from the first night.
38 years ago today, Andy Gibb hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in his career with a song which would - oddly enough - go on to hit #1 a second time a few weeks later.
Written by Andy's brother, Barry, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” was composed in Bermuda during the same visit which produced “(Love Is) Thicker than Water,” a.k.a. the second song Andy took to the top of the charts. The latter track was co-written with Andy, but in an interview included in the Tales of the Brothers Gibb box set, Andy explained that “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” was written so quickly that he didn't even have a chance to chime in.
Bill Clinton, Mall of America, Euro Disney…1992, you had me at “Bonjour.”