Monday, August 10, 2015

Movie Music Monday: Alfie (Cilla Black)

My friend Jeff McCarthy posted this wonderful Youtube video of Cilla Black on Facebook, the day after she passed away on August 1st in Spain.

It's always emotional to watch an artist who has recently died and then you watch them on video or film working in their prime. Well, this one got me big time as I've watched this piece several times this past week. Jeff is a huge Beatle fan and I have great memories of friends Jeff and Paul Hobbs playing Beatle songs in their band, Hobbs, McCarthy, Landers and Gooding at the Santa Maria Airport and the Santa Barbara County Fair. My point here is that influence begets influence as it's shared and passed on and on. The Beatles were big fans of Cilla Black and when you put her in Abbey Road Studios with George Martin and Burt Bacharach, you know that some magic was going to result. Alfie, the song was a big hit for Dionne Warwick in the US but also a big hit for Cilla Black in the UK and used in promoting the film, Alfie released
in March of 1966. (I didn't realize this, but Cher's version of the song was actually used in the movie credits roll itself. I don't think I need to comment.)
I will say that both Black's and Warwick's versions of Alfie are classics and propelled the Hal David and Burt Bacharach tune to be one of the most iconic songs of the 1960's.

When George Martin says, "Those opening lines, What's it all about Alfie, I think is one of the nicest things I've ever heard." He is referring to Cilla Black's voice and as Jeff said in his post, "What a song. And what a voice." I couldn't have said it better. And thank you, Jeff for your posts, I hope we can see each other someday again in the future.

Enjoy these two videos of Cilla Black, may she rest in peace.







1 comment:

Jeff McCarthy said...

Hey Doug! Thanks for the email. I love reading your blog. I don't think I've ever heard IT'S FOR YOU. Celia Black's version or the Beatles. Seen the title for years but never thought to google it till now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbXi_xwZi6o

Yeah, sure hope our paths cross somehow. I hope to be out in Santa Maria next summer for a SMHS theater dept reunion and for my stepmother Hope's 90th birthday. Maybe then!

Happy summer days. Jeff