Thank you to Philip for letting us know about a radio interview Shirley did with Alex Belfield that is available to listen to on a site www.celebrityradio.co.uk. When you log on select search and put in Shirley Bassey. It’s the only Shirley interview on there. It lasts for around 18 minutes.
For you to listen to today is the song “Light My Fire”
My name is Thomas Hockling and I am Astrid’s husband. Friends asked me to play songs recorded by Shirley Bassey. I felt that this is an impossible task because her interpretations are unsurpassable.
The only chance is maybe finding my own initimate version (of Light My Fire), which may work. So I tried my own compact version which I recorded live (vocals and keyboard). Dieter, a member of my band added further drums and the bass. I hope you can accept my version alongside Shirley Bassey’s great interpretations and thanks a lot for listening.
And here is Shirley’s rendition of “Light my fire”
Tomorrow we are all going to the Royal Albert Hall in London. It is a trip down to memory lane, the year 1973…..
I remember a concert at the Royal Albert Hall where Shirley made her entrance and shouted: “Albert I’m back!”
The concert is superb audio and video but I’ve added a few things from a tape in lesser quality that are not included in the good one. Like for instance the introduction of the orchestra.
Here is a picture of my good friend and longtime super fan Hillary Finney presenting Shirley flowers at the Royal Albert Hall.