Time: 100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’- Cilla Black. Cilla Black was born Priscilla White in 1943- in Liverpool. In the first edition of Mersey Beat she was mistakenly referred to as Cilla Black- and she decided to take that name. She has a very important Beatles connection- it was John Lennon who persuaded Beatles manager Brian Epstein to audition Cilla- and she ended up signing with Epstein. She was very successful in the UK where she had 19 Top 40 hits including two #1 hits- one of which was ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart.’ She only had one Top 40 hit in the US- ‘You’re My World’ #26 in 1964. “Anyone Who Had A Heart’ was originally recorded by Dionne Warwick- and she had a #8 hit in the US with it– meanwhile in the UK- someone introduced the song to Cilla’s producer George Martin- as a song for Shirley Bassey to record. Martin saw it though as a song for Cilla- and her version- when released crushed Dionne Warwick’s- going to #1- while Warwick’s stalled at #42. Cilla’s version was nearly identical to Dionne’s- and with Cilla’s success in the UK with it- according to Cilla- Dionne never forgave her for it maybe she sicced her psychic network on her? Cilla Black died following a fall in 2015- at the age of 72. Upon her death a greatest hits package of hers went to #1 in the UK and New Zealand- her first #1 album.
Single: ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’- Cilla Black/ Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David/ Record Company- Parlophone/ Time: 2:50/ Produced by George Martin/ Released January 31, 1964/ Did not chart in the US. Peaked at #1 in UK Singles Chart.