Bobby Willis, husband and manager of ’60s pop star Cilla Black, died Oct. 23 in London of cancer of the lungs and liver. He was 57.
Willis was being treated for pneumonia at the time of his death.
Willis met Black when she was a 15-year-old waitress in Liverpool who occasionally sang with local rock bands. She was signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1963, and her hits included “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “You’re My World.”
Willis became her manager following Epstein’s death in 1967, and they married two years later. As her singing career faded, she and Willis turned their efforts to TV, where she became a high-paid fixture as hostess of “Blind Date.”