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FROM THE ARCHIVE 244 -1960-

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As Long As He Needs Me

Written by Lionel Bart

recorded: June 22, 1960
released: UK: July 1960 on Columbia single DB 4490 US: September 14, 1962 on United Artists single UA 511 charted: single UK: #2, August 4, 1960
Released in 1960 on a single and later on an EP. The single climbed to number two in the charts. The single stayed in the singles Top 50 charts for 30 consecutive weeks, one of the longest unbroken runs in UK singles chart history. It was her first hit single with Columbia Records, where she had signed 1959. Released in 1963 on the collection album Shirley Bassey Sings The Hit Song From OLIVER!. Also recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra on the album I Am What I Am. The song is available on CD on many collections, and from the 1960′s to this day Shirley performs this song at many concerts, therefore there are many live recordings available too.

This song is from the musical “Oliver!” written by Lionel Bart. The musical is based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. The premiere was on Thursday, June 30th, 1960 in the New Theatre in London. The film adaptation of Oliver! won six Oscars. Lionel Bart (his real name is Lionel Begleiter) was one of the best known composers of contemporary music. Bart disposed of the film and musical rights to Oliver! He sold them in 1973 – a decision that he thought had perhaps cost him £100 million. In 1994 Sir Cameron Mackintosh made a successful West End production of Oliver!. In the the video An Audience With Shirley Bassey you can see Lionel Bart in the audience. Another song he had written was for example the title song of the second James Bond movie “From Russia With Love” (1963), performed by Matt Monroe. Other songs of Lionel Bart that Shirley Bassey has recorded are “Where is love” (also from “Oliver!”) and “Far away” (from “Blitz”). Lionel Bart died on April 3rd 1999 of cancer. He bequeathed a quarter of all the income from his work to establish a charitable foundation, to which he has also given a quarter of his net estate.

On the internet the following review of the 1962 Original Broadway Cast album of “Oliver!” was found: Lionel Bart’s musical version of Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens’s novel of Industrial Revolution London in the late 19th century, was far more entertaining than the subject matter would suggest. The show has Dickens’s sad story of poverty and crime, but also one of the strongest scores heard on Broadway in the 60s – “I’d Do Anything,” “Be Back Soon,” “Oom-Pah-Pah,” “As Long As He Needs Me” – in fact, it’s one hit after another (no wonder this album reached #4 in the charts and went gold). And it has the incomparable Georgia Brown too.

There was a studio drama behind this hit: Producer Norman Newell had booked the vast number one recording studio at EMI’s Abbey Road for a Bassey recording session, and he and a large orchestra awaiting Shirley’s arrival. When she failed to appear at the expected time Norman made a frantic phone call to Shirley’s home to discover that she had completely forgotten about the recording session and had gone off to the cinema! Newell quickly arranged for every cinema in London’s West End to ‘page’ the missing singer and soon afterwards a breathless Shirley arrived at Abbey Road. The Orchestra was booked till 5:30pm and she came rushing in at ten past five … and gave one of the best recording performances of her career!

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Lyrics:

As longs as he needs me
I know where I must be
I’ll cling on steadfastly
As longs as he needs me

As long as life is long
I’ll love him, right or wrong
And somehow I’ll be strong
As long as he needs me

If you are lonely then you will know
When someone needs you you love them so
I won’t betray his trust
Though people say I must
I’ve got to stay true just
As longs as he needs me

If you are lonely then you will know
When someone needs you you love them so
I won’t betray his trust
Though people say I must
I’ve got to stay true just
As longs as he needs me

(lyric provided by John Bol

Dame Shirley Bassey and Lionel Bart
Dame Shirley Bassey and Lionel Bart

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 243 -1960-

Today With These Hands which was the B-side of the single The Party’s Over.

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With these hands, I will cling to you
I’m yours forever and a day
With these hands, I will bring to you
A tender love as warm as May

With this heart, I will sing to you
Long after stars have lost their glow
And with these hands, I’ll provide for you
Should there be a stormy sea
I’ll turn the tide for you, and I’ll never
No, I’ll never let you go

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 242 -1959-

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The Party’s Over
Music written by Jule Styne. Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden.

07c0c38d3dbfc501a4d5f8af7c75d87f4a814c8aReleased in 1959 on the album The Fabulous Shirley Bassey and on single in 1960. Live performances are on the albums Live At Carnegie Hall and Live In Japan ’77 and Shirley Bassey has performed it at many more live concerts. It had been in TV 1972 in a Talk Of The Town Special and in 1976 at one of her own shows.

The song is available on CD on the re-released album and on many collections for example on The Love Album.

This song is originally from the musical “Bells Are Ringing” performed by Judy Holliday. The Broadway premiere was on November 29, 1956 and the musical had 924 performances. In 1960 the song was also part of the soundtrack of the movie version starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin. 2001 a revival of the musical including this song ran again on Broadway for 69 performances.

The musical “Bells are Ringing” is about the telephone operator Ella Peterson (Judy Holliday), who works for an answering service and becomes involved in the lives of her customers and helps them to fix their problems.

Lyricist Betty Comden (born 1915 in New York City) studied science before pursuing a career in acting. During the late 1930′s, she befriended Adolph Green (also born 1915 in New York City), himself an aspiring actor as well, and in the early 1940′s they formed the nightclub act trio “the Revuers” together with pal Judith Tuvim. Tuvim became Judy Holliday in Hollywood. Comden / Green wrote “Bells Are Ringing” as a vehicle for their old partner Judy Holliday. Another success of this musical was “Just in Time”. Judy Holliday repeated her stage role for the 1960 movie and sadly this was her last movie – she died at the age of 42. The biggest success of the duo Comden / Green was 1952′s “Singin’ in the Rain”, widely acclaimed as the greatest film musical ever made. 1991 the musical “Will Rogers Follies” by Cy Coleman and the duo became the Tony Award for Best Musical and the album received the Musical Show Album Grammy. That same year, they were also announced as recipients of the annual Kennedy Center Honors. Betty Comden is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame.

The composer Jule Styne (born 1905 in London as Julius K. Stein) was very successful as songwriter and showmaker for musicals like “Gypsy” and “Funny Girl” (from which Shirley Bassey also recorded some songs). He worked for example together with Sammy Cahn for Frank Sinatra and other famous artists.

Lyrics:

The party’s over
It’s time to call it a day
They’ve burst your pretty balloon
And taken the moon away It’s time to wind up
The masquerade Just make your mind up
The piper must be paid

The party’s over
The candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed through the night
It seemed to be right
Just being with him Now you must wake up
All dreams must end
Take off your makeup
The party’s over
It’s all over
My friend

You danced and dreamed through the night
It seemed to be right
Just being with him Now you must wake up
All dreams must end
Take off your makeup
The party’s over
It’s all over
My friend

(Transcribed by Roman)

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