Cilla Black set to be remembered as a singer after all as she re-enters UK charts following death

Black died aged 72 after suffering a stroke in Spain last week

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She once said that after her death, she wanted to be remembered as a singer, not a TV presenter, and now the late Cilla Black's wishes look set to be respected.

The showbiz icon died at her Spanish home aged 72 last week, after falling and suffering a stroke, and fans were quick to pay tribute to the "lorra lorra laughs" she gifted us.

Now, Black's Very Best Of album and chart-topping song "Anyone Who Had a Heart" are back in the Official Charts Top 100, with the latter entering this week's Top 40 after jumping over 50 places in just 48 hours.

If achieved, this would mark Black's first Top 40 entry in 41 years, since she reached number 36 with "Baby We Can't Go Wrong" in 1974.

Black saw a peak in sales after ITV drama Cilla, starring Sheridan Smith in the lead, aired on ITV last year. "Anyone Who Had a Heart" reached number 47 then.

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: "The British public has a track record of demonstrating its love for its favourite artists by returning to their music, and Cilla Black is no exception.

"Cilla has been a true legend of the British entertainment scene over the past 50 years and it is fantastic to see her heading back into the Official Charts again."


The final chart results will be revealed this Friday at 6pm, with the Top 40 countdown beginning at 4pm on BBC Radio 1.