Cilla Black with Beatles Paul McCartney and John LennonCilla Black’s debut single was “Love of the Loved”, a Lennon-McCartney composition mainly written by Paul McCartney. Black (born Priscilla White) was contracted with manager Brian Epstein as his only female client. George Martin, who signed Cilla to Parlophone Records, produced her recording of the song. Released September 27, 1963, the single peaked at a modest number 35 on the UK Singles Chart, and was not to be one of her bigger hits.

“Love of the Loved” was one of Paul McCartney’s earliest compositions and the Beatles performed it in their live act in their early years. The band recorded the song during their 1962 audition for Decca Records, but it has never been included in any of their official releases. It was even left off of 1995’s Anthology 1 (compilation CDs that covered 1958-1964), supposedly vetoed from inclusion by McCartney.

4 Responses to “What Lennon-McCartney composition was Cilla Black’s debut single?”

  1. stuart james Says:

    Cilla black’s recording of Love of the Loved is one of her best records she ever made,and in my opinion her voice sounds fantastic on it!! one of my all time favourites.

  2. BeatlesTrivia Says:

    @stuart james, thanks for the comment. I don’t believe I have a copy of Cilla Black’s version myself, so I’m not sure what it sounds like. Wish I did.

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  4. Eugene Ring Says:

    Too bad this song was left off Anthology 1. I’ve always liked it. It was an early original. There should have been no question about it’s inclusion. Too bad Paul didn’t like it.

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