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FROM THE ARCHIVE 262 -1962-

“Tonight” is a popular song with music written by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and was published in 1956.

It was introduced in the Broadway musical West Side Story. The song was revived in 1961 on single records in versions by Ferrante & Teicher (#8 pop, #2 easy listening) and Eddie Fisher, whose version narrowly missed the Top 40. Shirley Bassey recorded the song in 1962, where it peaked at #21 on the UK charts, becoming the only recording of this song to chart on the UK charts. Jay and the Americans also released a cover version of the song. Andy Williams released a version on his 1962 album, Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes. Sergio Franchi recorded the song in his 1963 RCA Records Red Seal album, Broadway, I Love You. We Five released the song on their 1966 album, You Were on My Mind.

Many of the pieces in “West Side Story” experiment with different melodic tricks. This song is notable for its prominent perfect fourth intervals, and a theme that starts on a pentatonic scale but develops into a western key.

Jenna Ushkowitz sang the song on Glee, on the episode Preggers. The song also was a plot device in the episode. When Tina (Ushkowitz) gets the part, Rachel (Lea Michele) says that she thought all West Side Story material goes to herself, also with both her and Natalie Wood being Jewish. At the end, when Tina still gets the song, Rachel quits Glee Club to star as Sally Bowles in the school production of Cabaret. Tonight was featured again in the fifth episode of the third season of the show, “The First Time,” this time sung by Lea Michele and Darren Criss.

Gloria Estefan recorded the song with Dave Grusin from the album “Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story” (1997).
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Tonight, tonight, won’t be just any night,
Tonight there will be no morning star
Tonight, tonight, I’ll see my love tonight.
And for us, stars will stop where they are.

Today the minutes seem like hours,
The hours go so slowly,
And still the sky is light

Oh moon, grow bright,
And make this endless day endless night!
Tonight

The hours go so slowly,
And still the sky is light

Oh moon, grow bright,
And make this endless day endless night!
Tonight

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 261 -1962-

Let’s Start All Over Again was released in 1962 as the B-side of the single ‘Tonight’. Below a programm from 1962.

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Lyrics:

I’ve tried to live my life without you,
And while I had good cause to doubt you,
There’s something woderful about you,
Let’s start all over again.
I’ve found no lips like yours to kiss me,
If now you’ll only say you’ve missed me,
Around your finger you can twist me,
Let’s start all over again.
Let’s forget the harsh words,
Let’s begin a new,
We will need no passwords,
Ours is ‘I love you’,
Tho’all those artificial faces,
Will bawl us out as hopeless cases,
They don’t know what your warm embrace is,
Let’s start all over again.
Let’s forget the harsh words,
Let’s begin a new,
We will need no passwords,
Ours is ‘I love you’,
Tho’all those artificial faces,
Will bawl us out as hopeless cases,
They don’t know what your warm embrace is,
Let’s start all over again.

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Have Voice Will Travel # 1

Today the start of repostings from the Video Showcases with working links.  Below my first post from July 2008. I hope you enjoy the video once more!

Hello and welcome to Pieter’s Video Showcase, a new section on the Bassey Blog. Some of you may know me already, my name is Pieter and I am Dutch and I live on the south west coast of Holland. I’ve been a big fan of Shirley Bassey since 1973 ever since I bought my first album “And I Love You So”. I was fifteen when we went on a schooltrip to London and we were at Petticoat Lane Market and I could not decide between two albums: “And I Love You So” & “Never, Never, Never.” I could only afford one of them!

Two years later, I saw Shirley performing live for the first time in Rotterdam and I have been a huge fan of hers ever since. Back then we didn’t have any videos of course and we were happy with newspaper cuttings and pictures. But since this is now the video-dvd-YouTube age we are privileged with so many great Shirley Bassey Videos available at our fingertips and believe me she has spent a lot of hours making TV shows and live concerts!

What I like most is to share my videos with real Dame Shirley fans and to find new videos along with my best friend Astrid. Susan and Ed are helping me out with the descriptions and the song lyrics all the time and we enjoy all of that very much. Since we posted videos on YouTube we received videos from people all over the world and they all have been very kind and generous and we would like to thank them all! In the meantime: Keep them coming.

To visit my Youtube just click on my name at the bottom of any of my blog posts.

In my Video Showcase I’m going to be showcasing a selection of Shirley Bassey videos from Youtube, both from my own Youtube and from other people. I hope you will enjoy the videos I pick out. Sometimes it will be something new, current or quirky and sometimes just a plain and simple celebration of the best of Shirley Bassey from the past. I guess you could say something old, something new, something borrowed – but definitely nothing blue (unless you consider Shirley showing her thighs during a rendition of Big Spender as blue!!)

And for my first five Video Showcases I’ve chosen the documentary “Have Voice Will Travel” and here is the first part. I hope you enjoy it…

Unofficial Dame Shirley Bassey News and Features

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