This Is My Life

Music written by B. Canfora, Original Italian words by A. Amurri, English lyrics by Norman Newell.
this_is_my_life_ukThis Is My Life was
recorded on January 14, 1968
released on UK: Mar ’68 on United Artists sgl UP 1207
US: Sep ’68 on United Artists sgl UA 50459

Released 1968 on a single and on the album This Is My Life (La Vita).

this is my life - de - centreNorman Newell wrote the English lyrics for Shirley Bassey from the Italian song La Vita. She sings this song with so much emotion, it has become a personal anthem. With “I Am What I Am” she sings this song at the end of almost every concert. It is therefore available on many live recordings and on many collections and videos. Live available for example on The Birthday Concert.

Because there are also many different studio versions, here is a list:

The 1968 English/Italian version La Vita.
The 1968 English album version with a length of 3:07, that is on most of the collections.
1978: 7″ single (UP 36502, Holland 1979: UA 5C 006-82651) “disco” version remixed by Hank Cicalo without the slow intro and verse one, but verse two twice – length 3:40. (B-side: The Magic Is You.) This version is also referred to as the “European Single Version”. Though on the collection Original Gold according to the cover should be this version on the CD, it indeed contains the 1968 album version.
1979: a 12″ European maxi-single (UA K 052 Z 82651) with the slow intro and verse one and stretched at the end which makes it very long: 6:51. (B-side: The Magic Is You.)
A 12″ U.S. maxi-single (but 33 rpm) from 1979 (UA D6007D and UA-P5007-D) with alternate vocals by Shirley re-recorded and re-mixed by Rick Gianatos. It does not include the slow intro but indeed verse 1 in disco beat – time: 6:17 (intro 0:37). (B-side: Copacabana (At The Copa))
1979: 12″ “disco” maxi-single from United Artist (EMI Electrola 1 C 052-82 734 YZ, 45rpm, length 6:08) with “Copacabana (At The Copa)” on the B-side. Despite of the 9 seconds difference noted to the version above, these two versions seem to be the same. The “disco” versions were very successful. In the Netherlands for example this maxi was her biggest hit ever, reaching No. 4 in the charts.
I have a 45rpm single with another version “re-recorded and mixed by Rick Gianatos, remixed from the United Artists LP The Magic Is You”, length: 4:25 (intro 0:19). The intro is different and shorter than on the other Rick Gianatos version and at the end it is fading down during an instrumental part, but the rest seems to be the same.
A really different version re-mixed by Meco Monardo & Tony Bongiovi has been released in 1979 by United Artists USA on UA-D6001-D (UAST-20388), length 6:15. This version has also been released on a CD-maxi-single “This Is My Life – the lost disco mixes”.
For more information on Meco and Tony read Mecoman or The Official MECO Fan Page.
Another new “disco” version was released 1978 on the album The Magic Is You on CD and LP and on a single with a length of 4:53 (sometimes 4:51). This version is available on CD for example on the 1992 collection The Magic Is You.
And with the London Symphony Orchestra on the album I Am What I Am (length 3:51).
The Delta Lloyd insurance used “This Is My Life” as background music for one of their TV commercials.









Funny how a lonely day,
can make a person say:
What good is my life
Funny how a breaking heart,
can make me start to say:
What good is my life
Funny how I often seem,
to think I’ll find another dream
(or to think I’ll never find a dream)
In my life Till I look around and see,
this great big world is part of me And my life

This is my life
Today, tomorrow, love will come and find me
But that’s the way that I was born to be
This is me
This is me

This is my life
And I don’t give a damn for lost emotions
I’ve such a lot of love I’ve got to give
Let me live
Let me live

Sometime when I feel afraid,
I think of what a mess I’ve made of my life
Crying over my mistakes,
forgetting all the breaks I’ve had In my life
I was put on earth to be,
a part of this great world is me
And my life
Guess I’ll just have to score,
and count the things I’m grateful for In my life

This Is my life
Today, tomorrow, love will come and find me
But that’s the way that I was born to be
This is me
This is me

This is my life
And I don’t give a damn for lost emotions
I’ve such a lot of love I’ve got to give
Let me live
Let me live

This ise my life
This is my life
This is my life.

THE 1979 BBC-SHOW # 3

For this weekend we have the third 1979 BBC- show.
With guests Demis Roussos, the Drifters, and Lulu.
Songs: Tonight, Coming On Home To You, I Was Born To Be Bad, As We Fall In Love Once More, I’ll Be Your Audience, Never Never Never, Almost Like Being In Love (ballad), Time After Time, You’re The One That I Want (with Lulu).

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Shirley Bassey at the 1961 Royal Variety Performance


Dame-Shirley-BasseyToday we bring you the performance of Dame Shirley Bassey’s very first Royal Variety Performance in 1961. This year at her 9th. Royal Variety Performance Dame Shirley Bassey said: “My very first performance on The Royal Variety Performance was in 1961 and with each show it just gets better and better. I’m excited and honoured to be a part of this year’s show and to share the stage with such great talent.”

Special thanks to Terry for the video and to Jill for the photo from 1961.

Also we have a video of a programme from 2006 called ‘The Very Best of the Royal Variety Performances.

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The Royal Variety Performance is a gala evening held annually in the United Kingdom, which is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family, normally the reigning monarch. The performance showcases a variety of family entertainment, including comedy, singing, dance, circus and other speciality acts, with many of the performers being popular celebrities. The event is organised on behalf of the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund, to which all proceeds are donated.

The performance is televised to the public and is considered by many to be a tradition of the Christmas season, being held late in November, or early in December. The responsibility of producing and broadcasting the performance is shared alternately between the BBC and ITV and it is becoming a tradition for the BBC to stage the performance in London’s West End and for ITV to stage it in regional theatres outside of London.

Dame Shirley Bassey performed at nine Royal Variety Performances. In the years: 1961, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1987, 1994, 2000, 2005 and the year 2014. The Royal Variety Performances show Dame Shirley Bassey at her very best. Dame Shirley would have performed also on the Royal Variety Performance from 1997 but she refused because she had to sing to a backing tape instead of a full orchestra.
rvp-krantenartikelDame Shirley Bassey’s 1994 Performance was the show’s first standing ovation in twenty years.

Dame Shirley Bassey in her dressing room waiting to go on stage before a Royal Variety Performance
Dame Shirley Bassey in her dressing room waiting to go on stage before a Royal Variety Performance

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