"Hear me," he cried, "O god of the silver bow, that protectest Chryse and holy Cilla
and rulest Tenedos with thy might, hear me oh thou of Sminthe.
Three years later, as Cilla
's family celebrate what would have been her 55th year in showbiz, Sir Cliff has joined her in a new duet, singing You're My World alongside Cilla
's 1964 vocals.
But after suffering a stroke in her Spanish villa, aged 72, Cilla
would never live to see him cleared or win his case against the BBC.
Black's son wept as he discovered lost tape of mum performing lullaby she sung to him as a child
About six weeks ago, I met up with Robert Willis, one of Cilla
's sons, at The Friary, in Liverpool.
Robert Willis said the Spanish hideaway was a "joyful place" where Cilla
and hubby Bobby enjoyed many happy times.
Inspired by the hit TV show which pre-dated Cilla
's death in 2015, Cilla
the Musical opened in Newcastle on Tuesday night.
Her story - at least the early part of it - was told in Jeff Pope's TV miniseries in 2014, the year before Cilla
died suddenly, having given her blessing to this stage version.
Set between her first amateur guest performances with The Beatles and the start of her professional TV career, Cilla
's journey takes her from a shy, self-doubting, raw talent to staring down Burt Bacharach in the studio and turning into a heartless diva on the Ed Sullivan Show, before maturing into the woman many of us know and love.
Sir Cliff Richard set the tone from the start, reflecting the thoughts of her nearest and dearest, still in shock that "Our Cilla
" was gone.
Brenda, who works on Fred Olsen cruise ships, first heard the news of Cilla
's death from one of the passengers on board - coincidentally as the ship was leaving Cilla
's home city of Liverpool on the way to the Azore islands of Portugal.
would likely laugh at getting a Sainsbury's logo instead of a Blue Plaque.