New CD ‘The Early Years’


Release date 21st January on the Stage Door Records label.

Features early tracks from 1956-1957.

Now outside of copyright because the recordings were made over 50 years ago.

Digitally remastered from vinyl records.

The link below is for information and is not a product endorsement.

Grammy Hall Of Fame


A Grammy Award

Hi Peggy: G’day from Sydney, Australia!  

Thanks so much for your fantastic Shirley Bassey blog.  I love looking at it each day. Not sure if you are aware but Shirley’s original 1964 recording of “Goldfinger” is being inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame this year.  You can check this out at the following URL.



Great news and well deserved as it’s one of Shirley’s very best recordings (I’m sure you agree.)  It’s one of 70 recordings that are being inducted this year. Thanks again for this great blog and keep up the good work!

Warm regards, Paul


G’day Paul,

That’s great news.

New Year Greetings to all Ozzies and Kiwis, you are superb fans.

The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honour recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have “qualitative or historical significance”.

The Grammys (originally called the Gramophone Awards) are considered the highest music honour, the U.S. record industry’s equivalent to the Academy Awards (Oscars) for motion pictures


“We meet again Meester Bond.

Pretty girl Meess Bassey has ME, the grreat Auric Goldfinger, to thank for it ALL.

I love only gold. I love G-O-O-O-O-L-D!!!

Know wot I mean, mate?”

(Non-DSB) Yvonne Fair


(Non-DSB) This message arrived from Sandra, about Yvonne Fair (above) and her intense, soulful song from 1975:

“It Should Have Been Me”

“Dear Peggy and everyone at the Blog and DSB Camp – Happy 2008 !I was watching the Vicar of Dibley over the weekend and heard a great song called It should have been me. I found out that a singer called Yvonne Fair had sung it, although I think it was orginally a Motown song. I also found out sadly that she died at the young age of 51 (not sure of the reason).I know it is not DSB, but I can imagine the Dame singing it, because of her life experiences in that it could have been her !

Would you mind posting it and asking fans whether they could see the great Dame belting out this, I for sure can ? How lucky we are that our Dame is in good health.

Thanks Peggy,

Happy New Year

Sandra x”

Click here for the Vicar of Dibley comedy scene featuring the song

Click here for the song by Yvonne

Thanks Sandra, it’s out for the fans to vote!

I think the song and raucous style is more Tina than Shirley, but that’s open to the opinion of all fans.

Comments welcome – What do you think?

More information here on Wikipedia’s page about Yvonne Fair

Images of 2007 final part


This blog is full of images.

That’s hardly surprising when Dame Shirley is glamorous and photogenic.

This series of six pages of pix over the past few days are a fraction of my archive from the past year.

For all the supporting information please look back over the pages in 2007. It might take a while 🙂

Dame Shirley has the best voice of all time. And a distinguished career.

Welcome to all you new fans who are discovering her great music, her unique singing and her joie-de-vivre.

Spread the word!