Cilla Black dies age 72

Cilla Black scored the biggest selling single by a female artist of the 1960s and was a pal of the Beatles.

Cilla Black has died at the age of 72.

The singer, TV presenter and entertainer was confirmed by local police to have died at her Spanish home overnight on Saturday (1 August).

Cilla, who shared a manager with the Beatles, made her Official Singles Chart debut in 1963 with Love of the Loved, but it was her Number 1 Anyone Who Had a Heart in 1964 that catapulted her to fame.

Originally recorded by Dionne Warwick, Cilla's version of Anyone Who Had a Heart was the biggest selling single of the 1960s by a female solo artist. It spent three weeks at the top and she followed it up with another Number 1 You're My World.

Cilla scored 19 Top 40s in total, of which 11 went Top 10. Her most recent Top 10 hit was 1971's Something Tells Me (Something is Gonna Happen Tonight), which peaked at Number 3.

A recent drama based on the singer's life starring Sheridan Smith saw Anyone Who Had a Heart return to the charts, reaching Number 47.

MORE: Cilla Black's Official Chart archive