Born in Liverpool as Priscilla Maria Veronica White, Cilla Black shot to fame at the height of the Merseybeat era, immersing herself in music while working as a cloakroom attendant at Liverpool's famous Cavern Club and serving coffee at another nightspot, the Zodiac. Black's big break came when John Lennon introduced her to Beatles' producer Brian Epstein. She initially failed to impress but secured a contract when Epstein saw her again, and went on to have 19 consecutive UK top 40 hits.
Cilla was married for 30 years to her manager Bobby Willis until he died in 1999 of lung cancer, aged just 57. Here's footage of her wedding to Willis: