Today we go back in time to the year 1982. I know we were already in 1988 with the duets and I am trying to post the duets chronological but we discussed about this one whether to call it a duet or not. It is a duet of Dame Shirley with Edy Gorme. Song: ‘Whatch what happens’. This was part of a medley of songs from the 1982 Midem music festival in Cannes from that year. It was hosted by Michel Legrand and Dame Shirley Bassey opened the festival. She sang: ‘Goldfinger, All by myself and New York-New York’. The show was released on video and called ‘The sound of applause’ but this medley of all the involving artists at the end of the show, was not included nor was ‘New York-New York’. The whole show was televised in France (where it was called ‘Le grand studio) and some South American countries and we were able to find it. All the songs Dame Shirley sang will be on the Video Showcase later after we finish the duets.
Some headlines from 1982
Now the last duet from the 1988 French TV-show ‘Le grand echiquier’. The duet Dame Shirley Bassey did with Henri Salvador ‘Makin’ whoopee’. The duet was not recorded on the show itself but shown in the studio and apparently recorded for another tv-programme. Dame Shirley later recorded this song on her album ‘Shirley Bassey sings the movies‘.
One of the things I adore in life is going to the movies. The glitz and glamour of the cinema world is larger than life, and everybody can be a part of it. Movies allow you to lose yourself completely in a two hour excursion to a world of fantasy. It enables you to be a fly on the wall in a life that could be very far from your own. Even after the projector stops, you are left enchanted. The idea of making this album has appealed for me to quite some time, and I am excited about seeing it materialise. These tracks are a selection of my favourite compositions from well known movies and many of them hold special memories for me in their own right. I have always cherished CRAZY and MAKIN’ WHOOPEE, and of course, GOLDFINGER just had to be on this album!
I hope these songs bring a bit of the glitz and glamour to you.
Written by Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn.
Released on the 1995 album Shirley Bassey Sings The Movies. Previously sung by Frank Sinatra and also by Ray Charles and many other artists. From the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”