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Beatles Rarity of the Week – “Act Naturally” (Ringo Starr duet with Cilla Black, 1971)

Posted by on July 1, 2016 at 5:00 am.

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. On August 1st, 2015 long-time Beatles-friend and fellow Liverpudlian Cilla Black (real name Priscilla Maria Veronica White) died of a stroke at the age of 72. Back in 1963, John Lennon introduced Cilla to Beatles manager Brian Epstein and by September he began managing her as a vocalist. Her first single, the Lennon-McCartney penned “Love Of The Loved” put her on the UK charts later that year and she continued with a long string of singles while becoming good friends with The Beatles. She had a couple of other Lennon-McCartney singles as well: “It’s For You” in 1964 and “Step Inside Love” in 1968.


Ringo Starr and Cilla Black on the set of Cilla, 1968

Ringo Starr and Cilla Black on the set of Cilla, 1968



In 1968 BBC-TV offered Cilla her own variety show. Simply titled Cilla, the show had an 8-year run before the final episode in April of 1976. Ringo Starr made two appearances on the show. Once for the second episode, airing on February 6th, 1968 and then again three years later on February 13th, 1971. On Ringo’s first appearance he sang a duet with Cilla of an early 20th century pub song “Nellie Dean” and acted in a few skits. Since Ringo will be turning 76 years old Thursday I felt it appropriate to feature him for this week’s rarity. From his second appearance on Cilla’s show, this is Ringo chuckling through another duet with her of his 1966 Buck Owens cover with The Beatles, “Act Naturally.”



Ringo Starr and Cilla Black - Act Naturally


Here are some Amazon links to purchase the new Paul McCartney compilation or music related to this post:

1) Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo Starr – 2007 hits compilation.

2) Cilla – The Very Best of Cilla Black – 2015 2-CD UK import hits compilation.

3) Beatles/Beatles-related Music: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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