History Book

Thanks to Gary for this interesting message and link

Yes, Shirley is officially History!

A publisher in Cardiff has produced a series of books for the school curriculum

Among books about Henry VII and The Plague, there’s one about Shirley Bassey


“Hi Peggy,

The new site looks great! It is much easier to navigate, although I
miss the picture of Shirley on the left hand side of the screen.

I enjoyed the clip from the Mayfair Club. “It’s Yourself” is a very moving song.
How large was the Mayfair Club? It would seem that most of the clubs
back then were very small venues. Hmm, I’m still playing small

I noticed that in the past, you linked a version of “Excuse Me”. I
recently saw a version that Shirley did in Germany around 1972(?) on
YouTube. What I liked about that performance was her ability at the
end of the song to “drown out” or at least be equal to the orchestra
of which was probably close to full volume. I believe the cameraman
was startled because the camera moved slightly. Wow! I was literally
“pinned” back into my chair. At the end of the song, she hugged her
music director, but I do not understand why she was taking a bow to
the orchestra and not the audience.

My wife came across this storybook on Shirley. You may have seen this,
but here is the link in case you have not.


Keep up the great job!

Best Regards,

Gary ”

… I never went to the Mayfair Club, Gary, but I think it was quite small

I’ve seen her in 1,000-seater clubs like Blazers (Windsor), Caesar’s Palace (Luton) and the Circus Tavern (Grays)

All the shows were sensational, because Shirley was understandably less nervous in an intimate atmosphere

I don’t think nightclubs can afford her now!

We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside


Above: 2006 tour

Shirley Bassey joins Tom Jones and the Band of the Welsh Guards for this special version of We’ll Keep A Welcome In The Hillside.  That most Welsh of songs.

Taken from the 1986 Des O’Connor Christmas Show, originally broadcast on Thames TV.


Thanks to Pieter, who is going on vacation soon, so I’ll have to rely on his back catalogue of video treats.

This song was originally kindly added by Scot in 2006, but this new version has slightly better fidelity.

(Non-DSB) Bigspendah’s Request


My friend, the super superfan Bigspendah, has always sent loads of photos and news to this blog, ever since it started.

So this is from a trustworthy source.

I’m pleased to relay her request to pass on this message for the American breast cancer charity:

“A favour to ask, it only takes a minute….   Please tell ten friends to tell ten today!The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on ‘donating a mammogram’ for free (pink window in the middle).   This doesn’t cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammograms in exchange for advertising.Here’s the web site! Pass it along to people you know.  http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2



Click here to visit to the UK charity’s web site

Festival Awards 6 November


 Who’s that rock chick?


 Shirley was funky, man!


According to the Northern Times (a UK regional newspaper), on 6 November DSB will attend an Awards Ceremony for music festivals at the Koko Nightclub in London. The winners of the UK Festival Awards 2007 will be announced.

To date, Shirley’s presence has not been confirmed by any other source.

Shirley likes awards shows, and she might be nominated for her triumph at Glastonbury.

# If and when # any more news comes in, this will be updated. Don’t hold your breath, folks!

Click here to link to the story

And now… 

Vote for DSB as the Best Feel-Good Act in the festival season…

Click here to visit the Festival Awards site

then scroll down a long way to find her

You need to register so there’s no cheating!

Voting closes Sunday 28 October