Listen/Download – Cilla Black – It’s For You
I hope all is well on your end.
The tune I bring you today is something that I grabbed during an impromptu dig a few weeks ago.
Though as a childhood Beatle-nut, I was certainly aware of their Liverpudlian home girl Cilla Black, I can’t say I knew much of her music aside from her hits.
Black, who’s biggest US hit was her 1964 recording of ‘You’re My World’ went far beyond that in the UK where she is the very definition of an ‘institution’, having had a long and successful career as a singer, actress and TV host.
I would not normally have been inclined to grab a Cilla Black 45 in the field (unless it was her epic version of ‘Alfie’), but when I picked up ‘It’s For You’ (a song I’d never heard before) I noticed that it had been written by a couple of lads named Lennon and McCartney, so I threw my dollar on the counter and took it home with me.
When I gave the disc a spin I was pleasantly surprised to hear an unusual, Bacharach/David influenced sounding tune.
I am by no means an expert on non-Beatle Lennon/McCartney compositions, but I have heard enough of them to know that ‘It’s For You’ is unlike most.
I have seen a reference that says that McCartney himself plays the piano on the record, and that he and Lennon modeled the tune after the Bacharach/David tune ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’, with which Black had already had a UK hit.
‘It’s For You’ is a sophisticated, waltz-time number with an unusual melody. Produced by George Martin (who else?) there’s a nice balance between the rhythm section and the strings (subdued) and a vaguely jazzy feel to the whole affair.
As is the case with most of these non-Beatle/Beatle tunes, I try to imagine the song as recorded by the Fabs, and it’s not hard to picture ‘It’s For You’ (in a stripped down version) as one of the darker originals on their early albums.
Nothing earth shattering, but an interesting record to get the week started.