For this blog we have the duet from the 1972 Rolf Harris show: The Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood duet Did you ever? From the DVD ‘On TV Shirley Bassey’. Also below you can find a radio programme from 1972 with the New Scottish Radio Orchestra. (special thanks to Andre for the audio and to Carl for the newspaper clippings) Click the player to listen.
To watch this great duet click the DVD left or right
About the dress Dame Shirley Bassey wears for this performance designed by Doug Darnell. Description & Notes A two-piece evening ensemble comprising: a full-length sleeveless gown of ivory silk, the plunging neckline and back of the bodice richly decorated with Swarovski blue zircon and clear crystals in a foliate design, labelled inside Modele Originel Darnell of London; and matching short jacket with three-quarter length sleeves fastening at the back, similarly decorated at the neckline; and – a short-sleeved empire line stage gown of ivory satin, the scoop neck, bodice, sleeves and lower skirt richly embroidered with Swarovski topaz and clear crystals, black beads and sequins, gold sequins and imitation pearls in Ottoman-style flowerheads. The empire line gown in this lot was worn on stage by Dame Shirley for a Royal Command Performance in the late 1950s. Final price at the Christie’s 2003 Gown Auction £2,800
Today Dame Shirley’s duet ‘Big spender’ with Florence Desmond on her first ‘This is your life Show’ from 1972. (Special thanks to Audrey for the great newpaper clippings from the George Webb collection)
For this Video Show Case the second duet of Dame Shirley with Mike Douglas. Mike Douglas sings the Frank Sinatra song called ‘Around the world’ and our Dame sings the Patsy Cline song called ‘Won’t you come home Bill Bailey’. originally called; ‘Bill Bailey won’t you please come home’. The song was written in 1902!
For the video click left or right
Around the world; Written by Norreen, Claus / Rasted, Soren.
Around the world I’ve searched for you I traveled on till hope was gone to keep a rendezvous I knew somewhere, sometime, somehow You’d look at me and I would see the smile you’re smiling now It might have been in County Down in ol’ New York, in gay Paris , or even London town No more will I go all around the world I found my world in you.
Won’t you come home, Bill Bailey won’t you come home I moan the whole night long I’ll do the cookin’, honey, I’ll pay the rent I know I’ve done you wrong Remember that rainy evening I put you out nothin’ but a fine tooth comb Well ain’t that a shame, I know I’m to blame, Bill Bailey, won’t you please come home.
I FOUND MY WORLD IN YOU.
The year 1969 was also the year Shirley Bassey recorded the album: ‘Does anybody miss me’. The title being very appropriate as she moved that year from the UK to Switzerland.
On the cover of the album Shirley’s wears the dress that she was not allowed to wear on this Mike Douglas Show because it was to revealing.
The ‘Does anybody miss me’ album was re-issued on CD in 2009 by BGO along with the 1968 album ‘This is my life’.
Promotion photo from United Artists Records Germany late sixties/early seventies