Rare Beatles demo discovered in Cilla Black's personal collection

Nathan Parke

Nathan Parke

2016-07-21 15:04:26

A rare, probably unique Beatles demo recording has been discovered amongst the personal effects of the late entertainer Cilla Black.

The demo acetate features Paul McCartney singing 'It's For You', a song written by Lennon and McCartney specifically for Cilla in 1964.

McCartney had initially sent the song to Black whilst she worked at Liverpool's Palladium Club, and her own version of the song, produced by George Martin, then reached #7 in the British charts.

Although it was mentioned in Black's autobiography, and known to Beatles historians, the demo featuring McCartney's version of the song was thought to be lost forever.

Following Black's passing in August 2015, her family discovered a collection of recordings and took them, along with other items of memorabilia, to be valued by leading expert Stephen Bailey at The Beatles Shop in Liverpool.

Amongst the collection was a 7" acetate in a brown envelope marked 'It’s For You', which the family assumed to be a demo recording of Black's hit version of the song.

However, upon listening to the recording for the first time in the shop, they quickly realized they'd discovered something remarkable.

"We got to the last one and as soon as I heard it I thought ‘Oh God, that’s not Cilla Black it’s Paul McCartney!'" said Bailey.

"I was shaking with excitement and speechless! I realised that this was the long lost Beatles demo disc from 1964, and I was probably one of the few people to have seen and heard it in over 50 years. What I had in my hand was probably the only copy in existence."

The rare and historic demo will now cross the auction block on August 27, at the 25th Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction in the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where it's expected to sell for £15,000 - £20,000 ($19,775 - $26,365).

"I urge all Beatles fans to search their bottom drawers and attics where they could have put Beatles memorabilia years ago and forgotten all about them – you just never know what you may find or what it is worth," said Bailey.

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