Cilla Black

It's for You

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The success the Beatles achieved in Great Britain in 1963 led to the signing of more local Liverpool talent, in some cases by the Beatles' management and their record company. Cilla Black was one of these artists, managed by Brian Epstein, signed to Parlophone Records, and produced by George Martin. Her first U.K. chart single came in the fall of 1963 with "Love of the Loved," which Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney had written for her. Then she topped the British charts in February 1964 with her rendition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Anyone Who Had a Heart," which had just been an American Top Ten hit for Dionne Warwick. Her third single, another British chart-topper, came with the Italian import "You're My World" in May 1964. By that time, of course, the Beatles had broken through in America, and Black followed, with "You're My World" getting into the U.S. Top 40 in July. Her next single, "It's for You," was another Lennon and McCartney composition. To the extent that one can believe that generalization that McCartney was responsible for the duo's sweeter, less rock-oriented work, it sounded like him, though some of the wordplay had a Lennon feel. "It's for You" suggested that its composer had been listening to Burt Bacharach, since it was a melodic, yet moody ballad. The lyrics, which detailed a secret love affair, corresponded to the tone of the music. This was very much a song written for the woman who sang it; a Beatle version would be hard to imagine. "It's for You" made the Top Ten in England, which was a disappointment considering Black's recent chart history. In America, it made the lower reaches of the pop charts, but the Top 20 of the easy listening charts. In subsequent years, there were a few covers here and there. Three Dog Night recorded "It's for You" for their self-titled debut album released in 1969, and a Canadian group called Springwell revived it for a 1971 U.S. chart entry.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1968 2:24
The Best of Cilla Black 1991 EMI Music Distribution 2:21
1963-1973: The Abbey Road Decade 1997 EMI Music Distribution 2:22
Her Greatest Hits 1998 Disky 2:24
The Best of the EMI Years 1998 EMI Music Distribution 2:22
The Essential Cilla Black 1963-1978 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:20
35th Anniversary Collection 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:22
Produced by George Martin 2001 Capitol 2:21
No Image 2003 EMI / Parlophone 2:29
Chansons au Féminin 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / EMI 2:27
Definitive Collection 2009 EMI Music Distribution / EMI 2:22
No Image 2009 EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone / Warner Music 2:22
Original Hits: 60s Pop 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:28
Completely Cilla: 1963-1973 2012 EMI Music Distribution 2:22
15 Classic Tracks: Cilla Black 2013 Parlophone
The Very Best of Cilla Black 2013 Parlophone 2:21
100 Greatest Love Songs
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:28
The Hit Singles Varèse Sarabande 2:30