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You're My World
by Cilla Black
I really had a love/hate relationship with Cilla. Not in the personal sense, as I never met her, but I mean purely in terms of her voice (one moment soothing and sensuous, the next almost screeching) and her image (everyone expected to see "dolly birds" singing us a song in those days, yet her stage demeanour was often on the awkward side and she eventually responded to her own issues with her looks by having a nose job).

On balance though, to me she was an irreplaceable icon of the Swinging Sixties, and (much as I hate the phrase) later turned into a "national treasure". A quick accolade to modern actress Sheridan Smith, whose fairly recent TV portrayal of her was spot on and very respectful.

Cilla Black:
:: 'Cilla Black' was actually born Priscilla White. ...
:: Although Cilla never managed to break the US charts, Elvis Presley reputedly had a copy of her "You're My World" single on his Graceland jukebox. ...
:: She and her manager husband Bobby Willis had three sons together. They also had a daughter, but she lived for just two hours following her premature birth.

In #1964 :
:: On February 1st, the Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh introduced a state-wide ban on the song "Louie Louie" (by the 'Kingsmen') for obscenity. The largely incomprehensible lyrics were even investigated by the FBI for two years. This sealed the song's reputation as "rock's ultimate rebel anthem", and it was later recorded by everyone from 'The Stooges' to 'The Clash'. ...
:: The US World's Fair opened on April 22nd at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York. It attracted more than 51 million people during its two 1964 and 1965 seasons - but fewer than the 70 million which had been hoped for. ...
:: Robert Kennedy resigned from his post as President Johnson's attorney general on September 3rd, in order to embark on his own campaign to represent New York in the US Senate. (Despite charges from some that he was a "carpetbagger" with little connection to the Empire State, Kennedy was indeed elected, and took office in January 1965.).

US: No. 26 - UK: No. 1
1964 - Parlophone - United Kingdom - Blocked in 6 Countries
Posted: 20th August 2019
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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