FROM THE ARCHIVE 361 -1995-

1995-SMFrom the 1995 album Shirley Bassey Sings The Movies Eleanor Rigby.
Also below a live performance from the National Lottery Show from the same year.

Eleanor Rigby. Written by John Lennon / Paul McCartney.

Released on the 1995 album Shirley Bassey Sings The Movies. A live recording is available on The Diamond Collection.

In the UK the single “Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby” was on the chart position number one for four weeks in August/September 1966. In the US Billboard The Beatles reached a No. 11 with this song. It is part of the soundtrack of the 1968 movie “Yellow Submarine” and has also been sung by Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.

This song must have been quite a shock to pop listeners in 1966, as it talks about dead and unfeeling people. According to McCartney, Eleanor Rigby began as a plain tune with a melancholy descending phrase, and the image of a spinster, Miss Daisy Hawkins, sweeping up the rice in a church after a marriage. Armed with only the first verse, McCartney headed for Lennon’s house at Weybridge where, during an informal evening with friends, he and the other Beatles pieced the rest of the song together. Though an “Eleanor Rigby” lies buried close to McCartney’s home, he said that the name was a combination of a clothing shop and an actress’ name. With “the face that she keeps in a jar by the door” they hint at the masking of the despair inadmissible by English middle class etiquette. Eleanor Rigby dies alone, because unable to tell anyone how she felt. McKenzies sermon won’t be heard, and he does not care very much about his parishioners. At the beginning they started with “Father McCartney”, but then it became the more neutral “Father McKenzie”, a name found by consulting a telephone directory.

A comment about the movie “Yellow Submarine” from the internet: Pure delight, a phantasmagorical animated feature with as much to hear as there is to see: Beatles’ songs, puns, non sequitur jokes combined with surreal pop-art visions in story of Beatles trying to save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies.

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Lyrics:

Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits in the window
Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working
Darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care?

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

Oh, look at all the lonely people
Oh, look at all the lonely people

Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?

Oh, look at all the lonely people
Oh, look at all the lonely people

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

(Transcribed by Roman)

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DSB at Buckingham Palace for Royal Welsh Gala

The Prince of Wales hosted a gala concert for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at Buckingham Palace on Monday. Dame Shirley Bassey, who generously supports two students at the college with scholarships, told BBC Wales at the event how she felt compelled to sponsor their training: “I started off with nobody supporting me, there was nothing when I started, there were no schools or college for me. I made it, and I wanted to give that back to my hometown, where I came from in the docks of Cardiff.”

Dame Shirley Bassey met nine-year-old pianist Charlotte Kwok, from Llanharan, who is a member of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama junior conservatoire, with her Mother Chui Au and and father Nicholas Kwok.

Dame Shirley Bassey at Buckingham Palace

American soprano Chanae Curtis, 25, is on the college’s opera MA course and said Dame Shirley was full of praise for the show: “Just being here is incredible and then speaking to Shirley Bassey was amazing. It was nice to know that she liked it. She was so encouraging and had such a warm heart. She made a great comment and said that the college is opening doors and if she had had some of those opportunities when she was young she might have taken a different route.”

The College’s remarkable achievements in recent years have earned it a growing international reputation as a centre of excellence in training for careers in the arts and creative industries. The new venues and facilities opened in 2011 mean that exceptionally talented young people from across Wales can now train alongside their peers from more than 30 countries in facilities to rival the best in the world.

Other guests included actor Michael Sheen, actress Ruth Jones and singer Bryn Terfel.

Mae Ms Bassey yn noddi ysgoloriaethau i ddau fyfyriwr yn y coleg, a dywedodd wrth BBC Cymru ei bod yn teimlo angenrheidrwydd i noddi eu hyfforddiant. “Dechreuais i ffwrdd gyda neb yn fy nghefnogi,” meddai. “Doedd ‘na ddim cefnogaeth pan ddechreuais i, doedd dim ysgolion neu goleg i mi. “Fe wnes i lwyddo, ac rydw i’n awyddus nawr i gefnogi fy nhref enedigol, o ble ddes i – o’r dociau yng Nghaerdydd.” (BBC Cymru)

FROM THE ARCHIVE 360 -1994-

Dame Shirley Bassey on the Michael Ball Show in 1994. For previous posts CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE

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Lyrics:

When I fall in love it will be forever
Or I’ll never fall in love
In a restless world like this is
Love is ended before it’s begun
And too many moonlight kisses
Seem to cool in the warmth of the sun

When I give my heart it will be completely
Or I’ll never give my heart
And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too
Is when I fall in love with you.

And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too
Is when I’ll fall in love with you

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