It is with sadness that we have learnt of the death of Arthur Rugg. Arthur, or ‘Art’ as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was one of Dame Shirley’s greatest American fans. He was well known by many fans from around the world. He ran the unofficial fan club ‘The Shirley Bassey Collector’s Club’ for a number of years which kept fans informed of what had happened in Shirley’s career. He used to send out magazines to the club members which included fans from all over the world. Unfortunately in the ’80′s he had to discontinue it for various reasons. Many fans still remember it with fondness.
Art still continued to follow Shirley’s career with both enthusiasm and loyalty. He adored her. I also know he was an avid collector of her recorded material and memorabilia. He continued to keep in contact with fans and also posted messages on the ‘Message Board’.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Art’s family and friends at this very sad time.
Just for you Art …. RIP
Arthur’s Theme (1987 Live)
Click here for the interview with Arthur outside of Carnegie Hall in 1997 (From the DVD ‘Divas are forever’)