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Cilla Black - Step Inside Love (stereo)
April 30, 2013
#6 in the Heftyneal series of songs the Fabs gave away. "Step Inside Love" is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited as "Lennon--McCartney") for Cilla Black in 1,967 as a theme for her TV series "Cilla", which first aired on 30 January 1,968. In late 1,967 McCartney was approached to write the theme by Cilla and her series producer Michael Hurll. He recorded the original demo version at his London home, accompanying himself on guitar, which consisted of just one verse and the chorus. This was used as the theme during the early weeks of the show, until it was decided that the song needed an additional verse, so McCartney came down to the BBC Theatre and wrote it there. According to Hurll, the opening line of the second verse ("You look tired, love") came from McCartney's observation of Cilla looking tired from the long rehearsals for the TV show. McCartney then added a third verse and this version was recorded as a studio demo at Chappell Studios in London on 21 November 1,967, with McCartney on guitar accompanying Cilla on vocals. This demo was the basis for the single, although where the McCartney demos were recorded in the key of D, the final arrangement of the single version was transposed up a fifth to G, to take advantage of Cilla's higher register The single version of the song (with Cilla singing live over the studio backing track) was premiered on the 5 March 1,968 edition of her show; the single was released on 8 March 1,968, and reached number eight on the British charts in April 1,968. In 2,010, during a BBC interview, Black revealed that the song had been banned in South Africa due to fears that the lyrics contained hidden sexual elements.