New Cilla Black Documentary Reveals Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr Once Asked To Marry Her
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Born in Liverpool in 1943, Cilla Black was more than familiar with the Beatles.
During the 1960s both would rise to fame.
While Beatlemania would sweep the world Cillia’s success remained largely within the United Kingdom, where she enjoyed a long career as a chart-topping artist.
Several of Cillia’s hits were written for her by the Fab Four.
Black would later become a TV personality before passing away in 2015.
Documentary Cilla: The Lost Tapes, which premiered in the UK last night on ITV, now draws from unseen archival footage of Cillia to reveal further details of the singer’s life.
The most interesting of which is the tidbit that Ringo Starr, the first of the Beatles to befriend Black, once asked Cillia to marry him.
Unearthing an appearance on Norwegian television from 1971, the documentary depicts Black recounting the Beatles drummer’s proposition.
“He was desperate because the other Beatles had girlfriends,” she shares.“So, I called his bluff and said if he posted the [wedding bands] in 48 hours, I’d do it.”
Starr, while never short of a pair of rings, was either joking or lost his nerve.
Ringo would later marry first wife Maureen Tigrett in 1965.