A lorra, lorra love for our Cilla

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Take Note - with John Murray

There has been so much love shared following the shockdeath of Cilla Black at the weekend.

A good friend of mine was a lifelong friend of hers and they met when she ran the cloakroom in the Cavern Liverpool.

After signing with Beatles manager Brian Epstein she became a pop star then a TV host and entertainer.

I never did get to interview Cilla but oddly we chatted backstage at Adam Smith Theatre back in 1982 when she hosted a full week of shows.

I was there to meet impressionist Roger Kitter who was on the same bill for Showtime as he was in the Top Ten with his single Chalk Dust and credited to The Brat.

This week I was chatting with Jake Mackay, former advertising manager for this newspaper, as he recalled his days in his band The Young Front.

Having played an opening set at the Raith Ballroom he observed a tall slim singer who fronted the headline band.

He looked quite odd in those pre-hippie days wearing a sleeveless Afghan waistcoat trimmed with fur, skinny jeans and ankle brown boots.

He had distinctive hair for the time too.

His group was called Band Of Joy and the singer was Robert Plant.

This week what was his next band (Led Zeppelin) issue remastered versions of their albums In Through The Out Door, Coda and Presence.