FROM THE ARCHIVE 336 -1982

New York Medley
Part 1 & 3: music written by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb,
Middle-part: written by Gerard W. Kenny.

New York, New York; so good they named it twice
New York, New York; so good they named it twice

Released on the 1982 album All By Myself. Shirley Bassey performed this live in 1979 in her TV show, and from then on at most of her live concerts. A live recording on CD is on The Birthday Concert and on The Diamond Collection. Additionally it is available on some videos. This song is still an essential part of almost every concert of Shirley Bassey.

The medley consists of three parts:

Part one and three: Taken from the Kander/Ebb song “New York, New York”, which was the theme song of the 1977 musical drama movie with the same name. Liza Minnelli sung the song for the movie. In 1980 Frank Sinatra released a gold-selling three-LP set “Trilogy: Past, Present, Future” with this song. He reached position number 32 in the US Billboard, and belatedly turned the song into a standard. Shirley’s lyrics are performed very differently from the original.

The middle part: Two times the refrain of the song “New York, New York, So Good They Named It Twice”, written and recorded by Gerard Kenny for his 1981 album “Made it Thru the Rain”. For more information on him, look at this Gerard Kenny site.

Another Shirley Bassey song co-written by Gerard Kenny is There’s No Place Like London.

On some records I saw also the name “R. Stoner” for this part of the song, but I don’t know who he is, and what he has to do with this song.

As far as I know, nobody else than Shirley Bassey has performed this medley of the two songs.

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New York (2)

Lyrics:

Start spreading the news
I’m leaving today
I wanna be a part of it
New York, New York

These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
And step around the heart of it
New York, New York
If I can make it there
I’d make it anywhere
It’s up to you
New York, New York

New York, New York
So good they named it twice
New York, New York
All the scandal and the vice
I love it!
New York, New York
Now isn’t it a pity
What they say about New York City

New York, New York
So good they named it twice
New York, New York
All the scandal and the vice
I love it!
New York, New York
Now isn’t it a pity
What they say about New York City

My little town blues
Are longing to stray
I wanna be a part of it
New York, New York
If I can make it there
I’d make it anywhere
It’s up to you New York, New York

(Transcribed by Roman)

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The Lady Is A Tramp – Dutch Concert Footage Unearthed in TV Archives

In 1972 a full Shirley Bassey concert was recorded at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for Dutch TV. The concert was broadcast that year but unfortunately there were no means or possibilities to record it at the time.

After much research in the Dutch archives, emails and phone calls, I am afraid we have to come to the conclusion that the concert really got lost. The only part that was saved is this clip of unedited footage we found and was used for several other programs on tv. For this concert Dame Shirley was wearing the famous ‘Something Gown’.

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The Something Dress – a sensational bias cut stage gown by Douglas Darnell, the sleeveless citrus yellow sateen applied with paisley cones embroidered with Swarovski clear crystals, turquoise beads and imitation pearls with strategically placed cut-out shaped sections; with matching voluminous stage coat of citrus yellow velvet, the sleeves, collar and opening trimmed with a deep border of yellow ostrich feathers, the sleeves applied with paisley cones similarly embroidered and scattered with crystals and beads, lined in electric blue silk tissue; and a pair of stiletto heeled sandals, the thin leather straps and heels painted yellow to match the gown; accompanied by a corresponding album Something, United Artists, 1970.

This dress is closely associated with Dame Shirley’s 1970 hit single written by George Harrison, Something. The gown was worn for the photo shoot for the front cover of the United Artists’ album of the same name released that year. In an interview for the BBC Wales television programme I Am What I Am, 1994, Dame Shirley said that she thought this dress was …sexy, without being over the top…. She also recounted a story of wearing the dress on stage in the Empire Room at the Plaza Hotel, New York. When introducing the song I Capricorn she said “I happen to be a Capricorn” and a voice in the audience called out “I’m a Capricorn too”, peering into the crowd she saw that it was Ava Gardner “looking gorgeous”…she said as she wasn’t ringside and couldn’t get to her easily, she hitched up the gown and walked over to her across the tables – defying any man on the way who looked as though he would attempt to touch her flesh through the holes in the dress, not to. Sold at Christies Gown Auction in 2003. Final Price £6,000.

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 335 -1979-

200px-MoonrakerposterMoonraker
Music written by John Barry (Jonathan Barry Prendergrast) and lyrics by Hal David.
Recorded: April, 1979
Released:
on United Artists soundtrack album:
August 8, 1979, UA-LA971-I
on United Artists singles:
UK: June, 1979, UP 602
US: June 25, 1979, UA-X1308-Y
Charted:
Album US: #159, 1979

Written as the theme for the James Bond movie “Moonraker” in 1979. It was released on a single, and also on the Soundtrack LP.The song did not chart and the soundtrack LP only reached position 159 on the LP charts. This was the third official James Bond recording for Shirley Bassey and her last recording for the United Artists label. Shirley Bassey repeatedly said that she hated “Moonraker” and only did it as a favour to John Barry.
The original soundtrack album contained two versions: the “Main Title” which was playing in the beginning of the film, and an up-tempo “End Title” which is from after the film during the credits. You can listen to both versions here.

The soundtrack album is available on CD digitally remastered. The Main Title is also available on the collection Bassey – The EMI/UA Years 1959-1979, and was on the Reader’s Digest collection Shirley Bassey – This Is My Life, and is on many James Bond and John Barry collections. Another recording has been released 1992 on the Bassey Sings Bond album.

The note about Goldfinger from the 30th anniversary Bond collection:
The big news about the next Bond, “Moonraker,” was that “Jaws is back!” The towering Richard Kiel – who’d portrayed the recurring evil henchman, Voltaire, in TVs “Wild Wild West” – apparently found a following in “Spy” and was therefore called back for “Moonraker.” As the steel-toothed Jaws, he was a likeablebad guy who could never get hurt (thanks to Bond’s masochistic penchant for punching him in the mouth).
Directed by Gilbert and written by Chris Wood, one of “Moonraker” ‘s bright spots is the presence of the beautiful French actress Corinne Clery in the small but memorable role of Drax associate Corinne Dufour. John Barry, Shirley Bassey and Hal David all came back to add some musical gusto to the proceedings.
It has been said that in a radio interview Shirley Bassey did in New York, she said that she walked out of the premiere because the sound on the song was so low, and she thought it should be louder. The interviewer asked her what she thought of Roger Moore, she said: “Wet! Wet! Wet!”
It has also been said that the job to write and record the song for this Bond movie was originally offered to Kate Bush, but she turned it down and so John Barry got the job again.

It has also been suggested that this song was originally written for Dionne Warwick, but she could not sing it, and then John Barry bumped into Shirley in an L.A. hotel and asked if Shirley could sing the song and she did, but it has also been suggested that Hal David and Dionne Warwick had gone their separate ways some years before.

Finally, it has been suggested that this song was intended for Johnny Mathis but he was sick and had to drop out.

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Moonraker (Main Title)

 

Moonraker (End Title)

 

Lyrics:

Where are you?
Why do you hide?
Where is that moonlight trail that leads to your side?
Just like the Moonraker goes in search of his dream of gold
I search for love, for someone to have and hold
I’ve seen your smile in a thousand dreams
Felt your touch and it always seems
You love me
You love me
Where are you?
When will we meet?
Take my unfinished life and make it complete
Just like the Moonraker knows his dream will come true someday
I know that you are only a kiss away
I’ve seen your smile in a thousand dreams
Felt your touch and it always seems
You love me
You love me

(Transcribed by Roman)

Extra: 

A poll from Radio Times!!!!!!! Vote for a Dame Shirley song as your favourite Bond song! Dame Shirley is at number one at the moment. Let’s keep her there. To vote CLICK HERE

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