DSB on Imagine -2009-

After Dame Shirley Bassey’s health scare in 2008 she bounced back the year after with a new Album ‘The Performance’, this documentary by the BBC and the Roundhouse Concert. Broadcast November 24th. 2009.


Alan Yentob gains exclusive access and insight into the creative world of Dame Shirley. After a triumphant Glastonbury appearance and a major illness, at 72, Dame Shirley Bassey, one of our greatest singers, tentatively re-enters the ring to confront her life in song.

Some of the best contemporary songwriters, including Gary Barlow, the Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Hawley and KT Tunstall, along with the famous Bond composer John Barry and lyricist Don Black, have interpreted her life through song for a new album produced by David Arnold. The songs frame and explore the myth of Shirley Bassey, the girl from Tiger Bay, and the voice and the desire are not found wanting! A back story profiling Shirley, complete with archive of her greatest performances, tells the story of what makes Dame Shirley Bassey the living legend that she is today.

2009 AU (blog)


Today we start from the top with some random newspaper articles from 1956

1956 C NMEBassey1stJune

1956 D NMEBassey9thMarch

1956 E NMEBassey17thFeb

1956 H NMEBassey22ndJune

1956 G NMEBassey21stSept


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Record Sleeves From The Past – 17

This 2 album compilation set was released on the Pair label in the USA and includes 16 tracks in total.

The set was issued in 1985 and contained 16 tracks, 15 of which are from Shirley’s Columbia recordings and ‘The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)’ from her United Artists catalogue.  Strangely though it was a 2 album set with only 4 tracks on each side of the records whereas most companies would have have released it as a single album.  It came in a single album sleeve with what looks like a painting of Shirley on the front and a concert photo on the back.  At the time of it’s release quite a number of fans criticised the front of the cover which they did not like. I personally did not dislike it.

SB - Sassy Bassey - USA

SB - Sassy Bassey 2 - USA

It has since been released on CD twice, once with the original cover artwork and secondly with a completely different sleeve photo.  It is only a one disc set.

Sassey Bassey-1990-CANADA-Pair

Sassey Bassey-1993-USA-Pair



1972 Programme UK

1972 Programme UK 2

1972 Programme UK 2 - Copy

1972 Programme UK 3 - Copy

1972 Programme UK 3

1972 Programme UK 4 - Copy

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1972 Programme UK 6 - Copy

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1972 Programme UK 9

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Unofficial Dame Shirley Bassey News and Features

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