Unheard Cilla Black single to be released five years after her death

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Cilla Black died in 2015 (Getty)

A brand new Cilla Black song is to be released five years after the star’s death.

Posthumous single You’re Sensational, described as a disco track, was recorded back in the 1970s by the singer and TV presenter, who died aged 72 in 2015. It will be released on Valentine’s Day.

Black’s eldest son and former manager Robert Willis told her official website: “I thought we had released everything there was to release.

“So it was a real joy to find a complete unreleased track by my mother from the early 1970s. I think the fans will really enjoy hearing it for the first time as much as I did.”

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The love song was recorded in the 1970s as a follow-up to her hit song Something Tells Me – but the original master tape disappeared and was only recently discovered in an unmarked box in an archive storage unit.

Dutch producer Matt Pop, who remixed the track, said: I was immediately excited. Now that Cilla is sadly not with us any more, to have this surface like a time machine from the disco era was quite magical.

“There’s no two ways about it: it’s disco. For my remix I essentially polished and enhanced what was already there… it’s a lush production with a full orchestra, it sounds fresh and uplifting with some fantastic vocals from Cilla. Think The Four Tops, Barry White, Gloria Gaynor or Cilla’s own Step Inside Love. ”

Cilla Black performing in 1970 (Getty)

The single will be made available for digital download by Warner Music on 14 February.

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Black – who died at her home in Spain in August 2015 – had a successful singing career in the 1960s before becoming a TV presenter hosting hit shows Blind Date and Surprise, Surprise.

In 2018 her close friend Sir Cliff Richard recorded new vocals for a duet version of Black’s You’re My World for release on posthumous album Cilla with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.