One of Cilla Black’s signature tunes, ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’, looks set to return to the charts this week, following the news of her death at the age of 72.
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Although probably better known to the younger generation for her work as a TV presenter, hosting ‘Blind Date’, ‘The Moment Of Truth’ and ‘Surprise, Surprise’, Cilla first became a household name as a pop star in the 1960s.
Before making the jump to TV work, Cilla enjoyed a string of hits, including ‘Step Inside Love’, ‘You’re My World’ and ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’, which reached the number-one spot in the UK singles chart back in 1964.
Cilla Black in 1964
Following the news of the veteran entertainer’s death, her music has seen a resurgence in popularity, leading to ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ making an appearance in the mid-week charts.
The Official Charts Company has announced that the song currently stands at 59, jumping up an impressive 32 places overnight.
They also said on Tuesday that the track needs fewer than 1000 more sales to crack the official UK top 40, which would give Cilla her first top 40 hit in four decades.
‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ previously gained a whole new wave of fans last year, when a biopic about Cilla’s life aired on ITV, featuring Sheridan Smith in the leading role, where she performed the track in character.
Sheridan was one of the stars to pay her respects to Cilla on Sunday, admitting she’d been left “absolutely devastated” by the news of the entertainer's death.
ITV have announced plans to repeat the three-part biopic, alongside a previously-aired special ‘The One & Only Cilla Black’, which will feature a newly-recorded tribute from her friend, Paul O’Grady.