Song Lyric Sunday: Cilla Black, “Love Of The Loved”

Source: Melanie

Today’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday is "Merseybeat," which Wikipedia tells us is "a British popular music genre that developed, particularly in and around Liverpool, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The genre melded influences from American rock and roll, rhythm and blues, skiffle, traditional pop and music hall." I’ve decided that the song I’ve chosen qualifies…

Probably the most prominent Merseybeat band would be The Beatles, who were managed by Brian Epstein, who also managed Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, Gerry and The Pacemakers, and Cilla Black, born Priscilla Maria Veronica White. John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi encouraged her nephew to introduce Cilla to Epstein. Her first audition was a failure, but Epstein saw her at the Blue Angel club later and was impressed enough to sign her as a client.

George Martin signed her to Parlophone Records, and three weeks later, her first single, "Love Of The Loved," was released. The song was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon-McCartney. It didn’t do as well as debut singles by Epstein’s other clients, reaching only #35 on the British charts.

Each time I look into your eyes
I see that there, there heaven lies
And as I look I see the love of the loved

Someday they’ll see that from the start
My place has been deep in your heart
And in your heart I see the love of the loved

Though I’ve said it all before
I will say it more and more
Now that I’m really sure you love me
And I know that from today
I’ll see it in the way that you look at me
And say you love me

So let it rain, what do I care?
Deep in your heart I’ll still be there
And when I’m there I see the love of the loved

Though I’ve said it all before
I will say it more and more
Now that I’m really sure you love me
And I know that from today
I’ll see it in the way that you look at me
And say you love me

So let it rain, what do I care?
Deep in your heart I’ll still be there
And when I’m there I see the love of the loved
I see the love of the loved
I see the love of the loved

Source: AZLyrics

In case you were wondering, Cilla’s next record was Bacharach and David’s "Anyone Who Had A Heart", which was released in January 1964 and spent several weeks at #1 on the British charts. To date, it’s the biggest-selling single ever by a British female singer. Her version beat Dionne Warwick’s by several weeks.

That’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for December 18, 2022.

10 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Cilla Black, “Love Of The Loved”

  1. Hi John – she made her career and did so well at it … much loved by the British public … I still prefer Dusty – but we can always recognise Cilla … cheers Hilary

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    1. Sure! It was new to me, so I figured I’d pass it on. Cilla had an incredible voice. Listen to her “Anyone Who Had A Heart”; As much as I love Dionne Warwick, Linda Ronstadt, and Dusty Springfield, Cilla’s is my favorite.

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