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FROM THE ARCHIVE 430 -2007-

A very busy year for Dame Shirley Bassey was 2007. That year marked her 70th. birthday and the release of her single “The Living Tree” on 23 April written, produced and originally recorded by the group Never the Bride, marking Bassey’s 50th anniversary in the UK Singles Chart – and the record for the longest span of Top 40 hits in UK chart history. Dame Shirley Bassey performed a 45-minute set at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival wearing a pink Julien Macdonald dress, and customised Wellington boots. A new album, Get the Party Started, was subsequently released on 25 June 2007 and entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 6. The single of the title song reached No. 3 on the US Dance Chart. The same year, Bassey performed “Big Spender” with Elton John at his annual White Tie and Tiara Ball to raise money for The Elton John AIDS Foundation. Also that year Dame Shirley performed in Fashion Rocks in aid of The Prince’s Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.

On September 16 she joined her good friend Joan Collins as they attended a Julien Macdonald fashion show at the London Hilton Hotel.

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RECORD SLEEVES FROM THE PAST – 8

Released in Greece on the EMI label this is a 12 track compilation album called ‘Mega Portrait’.  There is no year on the record for when it was issued.

The 12 tracks are from Shirley’s Columbia recordings.  Not surprisingly it includes some of her big hits from that label including ‘Goldfinger’, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ and ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’.  I’ve always wondered why ‘Reach For The Stars’ which was a double sided No 1 hit for Shirley along with ‘Climb Every Mountain’ isn’t included in many compilation albums.  When it is then the single release version is very rarely used (as far as I know never on a vinyl album at all).  Once again it isn’t included on this album.  A nice album with a portrait of Shirley used instead of a photograph.

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DSB at the 2000 Royal Variety Performance

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 5th December, 2000
Dominion Theatre, London   

THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE

Held in the presence of
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS
THE PRINCE OF WALES
 

Presented by: BBC Television Entertainment
Musical Director & Supervisor: Michael Reed
 
HEY PACHUCO – MARTIN CREWES & THE RVP DANCERS
JANE McDONALD
BEN ELTON
KYLIE MINOGUE
BLAST!
JANE HORROCKS
MARTIN CLUNES
MARK WILLIAMS
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
TIM VINE
RONAN KEATING
THE KING & I
ELAINE PAIGE
NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
RONNIE CORBETT
DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY
AFRICAN FOOTPRINT
RICHARD STILGOE & PETER SKELLERN
STAR FOR A NIGHT – CLESTINE WALCOTT-GORDON
BRYN TERFEL
DOMINIC HOLLAND
LIONEL RICHIE
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
WESTLIFE
Produced & Directed by: Kevin Bishop
Stage Director & Choreographer: Kim Gavin
 

Shirley Bassey at the Royal Variety Performance
At the Dominion Theatre, London, Dec 5 2000

ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCEDame Shirley Bassey joined a host of celebrities at the Royal Variety Performance 2000. The show was performed in the presence of Prince Charles and other personalities. No stranger to the event, Shirley Bassey has won ovations at this celebrated royal event for forty years.

Dame Shirley was introduced by British comedian Ronnie Corbett “Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce to you, a dear friend, recently honoured by the Queen, and now making her first appearance since, the fabulously exciting, tingling making, Shirley Bassey!…”

Shirley opened with Light My Fire with 6 male backing dancers, she then sang As I Love You and ended with I Am What I Am. She was hailed as one of the evening’s major successes, confirming her status as the greatest pop diva of the last century, and this one so far!

shirley_bassey06The voice, the figure and, as far as I could see, the face have resisted the march of time. The applause that followed her three-song spot, climaxing with a breathtaking performance of I Am What I Am, must have been heard halfway up Tottenham Court Road!

In the event programme there was an advertisement from ‘Frontier Batley,’ formerly known as the famous ‘Batley Variety Club,’ wishing everyone well and going on to say “… particularly all the stars who have appeared here over the past 30 years and of course congratulations Dame Shirley Bassey The Undisputed Goddess Of Entertainment”.

The performance was transmitted on BBC1 on Sunday 17 December 2000, although sadly this was shortened and Shirley’s rendition of As I Love You was cut from the final transmission.

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From BBC News, Wed 6 Dec 2000

Pop diva Dame Shirley Bassey had a kiss for Prince Charles as he met the singer after this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

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The prince also met fellow singer Kylie Minogue after the show, which featured a line up including boy band Westlife, singers Ronan Keating and Lionel Ritchie and comedians Martin Clunes and Rowan Atkinson.

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Dame Shirley, dressed in a black sequined halter-neck dress, kissed the prince on both cheeks and told him she was sorry she did not have a flower to give him.

She said she first got to know Prince Charles 14 years ago when she performed in a show for the Prince’s Trust. “He is a very genuine and gentle man. I have been to a few of his parties and dinners at Highgrove,” she said.

First held for George V in 1912, the Royal Variety Performance has become an entertainment institution, raising money for retired performers across the UK. The Prince was greeted as he arrived at the theatre by Laurie Mansfield, the life president of the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund, and also met with BBC director general Greg Dyke and Alan Yentob, the corporation’s director of drama, entertainment and children’s programming.

Smiling Through The Tears
From The Daily Telegraph, Dec 20 2000

PDVD_035Dame Shirley Bassey smiled her way through Sunday’s Royal Variety Performance, but in fact things were far from well. “She was very upset that her dress didn’t look like anything special,” says her dressmaker, Doug Darnell.

“Her gown should have made her look like a sphere of light, but, because of the way the BBC shot it, it didn’t. They then missed out one of her songs. In America, this would never have happened.” A BBC spokesman said: ‘Dame Shirley was the highlight of the show.

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After the show:

Thanks to Bigspender for the following three pictures of Dame Shirley Bassey taken after the performance when she autographed programmes and tickets for fans. She explained that she was having a few problems signing them because of the recent operation on her hand.

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Unofficial Dame Shirley Bassey News and Features

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