In the year 2011 James Bond composer and dear friend of Dame Shirley Bassey John Barry died at the age of 77. Later that year, on June the 20th. a John Barry tribute was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London where Dame shirley sang Diamonds Are Forever & Goldfinger.

Dame Shirley Bassey said: “I was very sorry to hear of the death of my old friend John Barry, who was responsible for me singing the Bond songs Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. He most recently wrote a song for my latest CD The Performance – it was a beautiful ballad, Our Time Is Now. The world has lost a most gifted man. My thoughts and my prayers are with his family”

In 2009 Dame Shirley released her album ‘The Performance’ which included all new songs especially written for her.  It featured the song ‘Our Time Is Now’ with music written by John and lyrics by Don Black.

For a previous post from 2011 CLICK HERE

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Part 1 2011 G (blog)

2011 B

2011 C (blog)

2011 T

A newspaper article from 1999

1999 H John Barry

Newsflash: John Barry dies at the age of 77

Dame Shirley Bassey performs Diamonds Are Forever

Dame Shirley Bassey performs Goldfinger


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A tribute to John Barry

DSB at 1987 jewel auction at Sotheby’s

website aAs we know Dame Shirley Bassey loves jewelry. Here is a short clip of Shirley and Beau Mills at an auction in Geneva at Sotheby’s where the jewels of the Duchess of Windsor were being auctioned. Also some articles from Dutch magazines about Shirley’s jewelry being stolen in London from her hotel room and in Paris from her dressing room. Shirley loves living in Monte Carlo because it is the only place in the world where you can walk the streets safely, night and day, wearing  jewelry, she says.

GENEVA, APRIL 2 — The jeweled mementos of one of the great love affairs of the century — between the late duke and duchess of Windsor — were auctioned here tonight for an unexpected $33 million, much of which will be used by Paris’ Institute Pasteur to fund research into AIDS.

In the auction conducted by Sotheby’s in a massive white tent erected on the promenade on the banks of Lake Geneva, bidding was furious at times for 97 of the “uncrowned” jewels given to the duchess by the duke, who in 1936, as King Edward VIII of England, gave up his throne to marry the twice-divorced American.

About 1,000 bidders and 300 media representatives crowded the tent for the two-day auction’s black-tie first evening. Fur coats seemed to be everywhere. Streets were lined with Rolls-Royces, Ferraris and other luxury cars that had brought the crowd of potential buyers. These included the ex-wife of the King of Jordan’s brother, members of the Italian royal family and singer Shirley Bassey.

Buyers ranged from Tsuneo Takagi, a Tokyo gem dealer, who paid a staggering $3.153 million for the duchess’ famed 31.26-carat diamond ring, to actress Elizabeth Taylor, who by poolside telephone from Los Angeles successfully bid $566,000 for a 1935 diamond clip designed by the then-prince of Wales for his future bride, then Wallis Warfield Simpson.

For an interesting article from People CLICK HERE

For an article from the New York Times CLICK HERE

For an article from The Washington Post CLICK HERE


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Why Shirley Bassey wears fake jewelery:

Shirley Bassey is able to laugh about it now when she tells “Story” about her jewels being stolen from her London suite.

But on the day she found her own jewels in the window of a Soho-London jewellers she almost died from shock. “After a performance at the London Palladium I came back to my hotel room and there was a terrible mess. Every inch of the room had been searched over and over. I cried like a child I must confess. But I really got scared when I tried to call the police and noticed that the telephone wires had been cut. It felt like somebody was getting at my throat. I ran downstairs, crying and the receptionist called Scotland Yard immediately. But after their requires they only say what I already knew: all my jewellery was gone. I only had two more rings and a bracelet, everything else was gone. All and all worth approximately 30,000 pound.

After two days my husband Sergio and I flew back home to Switzerland and I already made peace with the fact that I lost it all, forever.

But when we came back later to London we walked pass this little jewellery shop in Soho, I looked in the window and yelled out to Sergio: “Look my jewels”! At fist he didn’t believe me but it really was all there. Unbelievable. Shaking with nerves we went inside and I asked if they could show me the jewels and yes, a few bracelets had my initials. Well that solved the case. The police came and questioned the jeweller and he confessed that he bought the jewels from a chamber maid from the hotel. She had the key to the room and had all the time in the world to search the place. Well it taught me never to take too much jewels with me on a trip and the jewels I wear on stage are not worth more then ten pound.”…

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While Shirley Bassey was performing at the Champs Elysee theatre in Paris and the audience was enjoying her performance, thieves took her jewels and travellers cheques.  The estimated value: 300.000 pound!.


Today a programme from the 7th. of August 1966 from a Blackpool concert.

SB - Sunday 7th August 1966 Concert - Blackpool UK

SB - Sunday 7th August 1966 Concert 2 - Blackpool UK

SB - Sunday 7th August 1966 Concert 3 - Blackpool UK


In the year 2010 a DVD with Shirley Bassey TV clips from over the years was released by Odeon Entertainment. The DVD contains:

-The Royal Variety Performance (1971) Till Love Touches Your Life, (Where Do I Begin) Love Story, Yesterday When I Was Young, For All We Know & Something.

-The Engelbert Humperdinck Show (1971) The Joker, The Sea And Sand and a medley with Engelbert.

-The Dickie Henderson Show (1971) Flattery Will Get You Everywhere, (Where Do I Begin) Love Story, Big Spender & There’s No Business Like Show Business.

-Whittaker’s World (1971) What About Today & (Where Do I Begin) Love Story.

-Sez Les (1972) Till Love Touches Your Life & Diamonds Are Forever.

-The Rolf Harris Show (1972) Till Love Touches Your Life, I’ve Never Been A Woman Before & Did You (with Rolf Harris).

-Tarby And Friends (1984) I Am What I Am & Send In The Clowns.

-Tarby And Friends (1986)  When You’re Smiling & What I Did For Love.

-Live From The Piccadilly (1986) There’s No Place Like London & My Way.

-British Academy Awards (1987) Goldfinger & Diamonds Are Forever (Medley).

-Live From The Palladium (1987) A View To A Kill, Goldfinger & Diamonds Are Forever. —

-The Royal Variety Performance (1987) There’s No Place Like London, I Could Have Danced All Night & Hey Jude.

-After 10 With Tarbuck (1988) New York New York, The Rhythm Divine & As Long As He Needs Me.

-Live From The Palladium (1988) Almost Like Being In Love, Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me & The Greatest Love Of All.

-The Royal Variety Performance (2005) Goldfinger, The Living Tree & Music.

It is a fantastic DVD although the cover art is a bit poor and the track list is not even printed on the cover. All songs appear with their title on the screen but For All We Know is called Look At The Two Of Us. It all looks like it was done without much care and in a hurry but the actual clips on the DVD are truly fantastic. Once released there were talks about a volume 2 but that never saw the light of day till today unfortunately. The first batch of this DVD was called back to the shops because most of the DVD’s would not play so that was an unfortunate start to begin with.

Below a review from a magazine that is not very positive but obviously the person who wrote it doesn’t know what she is reviewing or talking about because the DVD has raving reviews on the Amazon website

-This is a fantastic DVD! The picture and sound quality is superb. It’s amazing to see DSB singing her most famous songs at the time they were originally recorded and released. Some songs appear twice (on different shows),but they are always worth seeing and hearing again!

-Having waited anxiously for some of Miss Bassey’s early TV material to be released, I am far from disappointed. Big Orchestra’s. great orchestrations and arrangements,fantastic gowns and a golden voice. Sheer star material at is best This is when we were entertained and Shirley was in the forefront when it came to belting out great classics or modern pop. She can deliver like no other artist can. Having seen her on many occasion at the Royal Albert Hall delivering 90 minutes or more just shows the caliber of star we have and there is sadly no one around these days to touch her. No backing tracks, no miming no assistance from high tech mixing desks, just sheer vocal and profound genius. Long live Shirley !! Stick that in your pipe Simon Cowell and smoke it !!!

-This is a great dvd for all lovers of Shirley Bassey, it is a collection of performances from Shirley that have been screened on ITV shows these include classic Royal Variety Performances and the sunday night series “Live From”, yes a lot of the performances are the same songs but its great to see ITV dusting off the archives and bringing these performances to life once more. you aren’t short-changed either there’s 145 minutes of wonderful performances here to enjoy and the quality of the material is amazing considering that some of the shows are nearly 40 years old. This is a definite must purchase for all lovers of Shirleys classic and breathtaking performances.

-One of the best entertainer of the world. This DVD is a true representation of one classy lady. All these non seen performances are marvelous and you dont want to miss them.The DVD is filled is one of many Dame Bassey’s performances through her career. The quality and sounds of this DVD were excellent.
You will enjoy over 148 minutes of spectacular entertainment that leaves you wanting more. Can’t wait until the other series come out. Thank you Shirley Bassey for this wonder gift you have given all of us. Gold Bassey is Forever!!!!

-What a great buy the is DVD is for all Dame Shirley fans this is a must have to fans collection!
Who else but Dame Shirley can blow your socks off with that powerful dynamic voice of hers… this if you are a fan ….you certainly wont be disappointed in your purchase. A GREAT collection on DVD!!…Superb!!

-“And a great time was had by all……” at last someone with sense has decided to release some vintage Shirley Bassey, can`t really add much to the other lovely people on here, other than…. enrich your life and BUY this..FAB FAB FAB!!!!!!!!!!

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Below my favourite clip on the DVD. The performance from 1971 on the Roger Whittaker Show where Shirley sings What About Today (from the album Something) & Where Do I Begin (Love Story) (from the Something Else album)


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