Happy birthday Shirley -The 60th. Birthday Special-




Today 20 years ago Dame Shirley Bassey’s 60th. birthday special was recorded at the TV studios in London on a Sunday afternoon. It was a great experience to attend and lots of fun. Here you can watch the special plus extra features. At the start the premiere of the West End musical Smokey Jo’s Cafe, Shirley Bassey talks to  After 5 TV reporter Ken Andrew about how she feels about her forthcoming 60th. birthday. 

Songs: s’ Wonderful, Crazy, Yesterday When I Was Young, Slave To The Rhythm, You’ll See, Try A Little Tenderness, Can I Touch You There, With One Look, Goldfinger, Something & Big Spender

Bassey, Shirley





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Following on from the Happy Birthday Shirley series, an interesting story from Neil







During the show Dame Shirley’s dress was cut up and Neil explained that it was auctioned at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on July 18th 1999 by actor Gordon Kaye (of “Allo Allo” fame). It was a fundraising evening by the famed “Water Rats” organization. It was called “A Night Of Knights” and the top table consisted of such luminaries as Dame Very Lynn, Dame Thora Hird, Sir John Mills, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Nigel Hawthorne to name a few…and they all signed the back of the presentation!

Neil said “‘I bought it from a lovely man called Gerry Palmer who said he wanted it to go to a good home, I happily obliged. Gerry was delighted with it`s new look and said I had done Shirley proud!”

Thanks to Neil for sharing this wonderful story

David Walliams Celebrates DSB for a BBC One special and they want YOU to be in the studio audience!

David Walliams Celebrates DSBJoin Dame Shirley Bassey at The London Studios for a night of entertainment, comedy and of course live music, with the Dame thrilling viewers as she performs some of her biggest and best-loved classics backed by a live studio orchestra.

Date: Saturday 26th November 2016
Venue: ITV London Studios, SE1 9LT (South Bank)
Nearest Station: Waterloo
Doors Open: 7.00pm


“There may be an opportunity to feature some of Dame Shirley’s biggest fans in the show, so please tell us what she means to you by answering the question featured in the application form. Please be aware, due to expected high demand, SRO may not be able to issue tickets to everyone who requests them.  Applicants will be randomly picked and tickets issued by email. The fan related question is for editorial use only, it will not serve as a ticket selection method.”

Showtime -Bassey’s Time-

Stops the shows

In a cabaret setting, guest performers from Britain and the Continent join guest hosts in London on a series of international playbills.  Shelley Berman introduces England’s Matt Monro and Wales’s Shirley Bassey. Shirley Bassey performs  two songs.  The show was recorded in Great Britain and broadcast on June 11th. 1968. With special thanks to Neil for this extraordinary video. Shirley Bassey sings two songs from the album Broadway Bassey’s Way: Come Back To Me & If Ever I Would Leave You.

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Lyrics Come Back To Me:

Hear my voice where you are
Take a train, steal a car
Hop a freight, grab a star, come back to me
Catch a plane, catch a breeze
On your hands, on your knees
Swim or fly, only please, come back to me
On a mule, in a jet
With your hair in a net
In a towel wringing wet
I don’t care, this is where you should be
From the hills, from the shore
Ride the wind to my door
Turn the highway to dust
Break the law if you must
Move the world, only just come back to me

Blast you hide, hear me call
Must I fight City Hall?
Here and now, damn it all, come back to me
What on earth must I do
Scream and yell till I’m blue
Curse your soul, when will you come back to me?
Have you gone to the moon or the corner saloon?
And to wreck and to ruin
I don’t care this is where you should be

In a crate or a trunk
On a horse or a drunk
In a Rolls or a van
Wrap yourself in saran
Anyway that you can
Come back to me
Come Back to me
Come Back to me

Lyrics If Ever I Would Leave You:

If ever I would leave you, it wouldn’t be in summer
How I’d leave in summer, I never will know
Your hair streaked with sunlight, your lips red as flame
Your face with a luster that puts gold to shame

But if I’d ever leave you, it wouldn’t be in autumn
How I’d leave in autumn, I never will know
I’ve seen how you sparkle when fall nips the air
I’ll know you in autumn and I must be there

And could I leave you running merrily through the snow
Or on a wintry evening when you catch the fire’s glow

If ever I would leave you, it wouldn’t be in springtime
Knowing how in spring I’m bewitched by you so
Oh, no, not in springtime, summer, winter, or fall
No never could I leave you at all

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