A demo disc recorded by Paul McCartney which was later a hit for Cilla Black sold for £18,000 - or €21,000 - at auction yesterday, August 27. The demo disc featured the song, It’s for You, which subsequently gave Cilla Black a UK top 10 hit in 1964.
The Lennon/McCartney composition was delivered on the demo in question to Black while she was performing at the London Palladium. It was believed to have been lost or destroyed until her nephew found it. According to the BBC, The disc has fetched £18,000 at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction at Unity Theatre in Liverpool, but commission fees mean the unknown buyer will pay £21,060.
Simon White believes his paternal aunt, Cilla Black - birth name Priscilla White - presented the disc to his late father in the mid-60s. "My father was an avid record collector who took great care of his record collection, and he personally created the cardboard sleeve in which the acetate demo has been stored in his collection for more than 50 years," says White. He assumed the demo featured his aunt's version and took it with other items, including some 21 demo discs in total, to be valued at The Beatles Shop in Liverpool. Shop manager Stephen Bailey recalls the momentous event.
"We got to the last one and, as soon as I heard it, I thought: 'Oh God, that's not Cilla Black, it's Paul McCartney'. "I was shaking with excitement and speechless. Apart from a few crackles, which you get with acetates, the quality is fine. It's a wonderful recording. I can't think of finding anything better unless I discover there is a sixth Beatle."
You Can Drive my Car: Paul McCartney, (back, right) in the Beatles heyday
McCartney - who played piano on Black's recording of his song - was allowed to make a copy of his original demo for his personal archive, according to Simon White.
Cilla's debut single, Love of the Loved, released in 1963, was also written by Lennon and McCartney, but it only made number 35 in the UK charts. However, the singer would record further Lennon–McCartney compositions, including Yesterday, For No One and Across the Universe. McCartney said that Cilla Black's 1972 interpretation of The Long and Winding Road was the definitive version of the Lennon and McCartney classic.
Step Inside Love was written by Paul McCartney (credited, however, as Lennon–McCartney) for Cilla Black in 1967 as the theme song for her 1968 TV series Cilla.
Black died on August 1 2015 following a fall at her villa in Estepona, Spain. The day after her funeral, the compilation album The Very Best of Cilla Black made the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart as well as the New Zealand Albums Chart, giving the singer her first number one album.