Macca, Starr pay tributes to Cilla

MADRID: The Beatles legends Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have remembered their friend-cum-singer-TV presenter Cilla Black in emotional tributes. Black died on August 1. She was 72.

As Black began to make her name in showbiz, she could count The Beatles as some of her close friends, and her first single was Love of the loved by The Beatles’s John Lennon and McCartney. When her music career began at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, she performed alongside The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Starr, who appeared on her BBC variety show, Cilla, has paid tribute to his “good friend”, reports Starr tweeted: “I just heard the news Cilla Black has left us she was a good friend we will all miss her peace to Cilla peace and love to the family R&B xxx.”

McCartney said in a statement: “Such a shock to hear about Cilla’s passing. She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit. From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around. She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her.”