Los Angeles speculation 3


Keep guessing!

As promised, my spies in Los Angeles have been tuning their antennae to pick up any speculation about DSB attending the Grammys on 8th February at the Staples Center. The Goldfinger song is being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

For the background to this unashamed gossip, please visit blog pages 16th January  and  9th January

Details of the Grammy Hall of Fame are on blog page 2nd January 

Many fans tell me they think 2008 is going to be another great year, and DSB is at the top of her game.

Now I have received this interesting message from one of my (007 Shh!) spies in LA. My friend Hope, a loyal DSB superfan.

Hope you find it of some interest too…

Dear Peggy,


I’ve been holding my breath in hopes that the Grammy Awards will go on as planned.


Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy has stated that he’s totally on the side of the writers who are currently on strike but that they are on the same side and are not the enemy.


The Recording Academy has made extensive efforts in Washington and in the public arena fighting for creators rights and copyright protections.


Furthermore, there are only 2 WGA writers who would be part of the Grammy broadcast but 700 more employees in 3 other unions having to do only with musicians, radio and television artists and theatrical stage employees…..


Portnow has stated that whether or not they get a waiver from the Writer’s Guild, the show will go on….and Beyonce (who is also with the Screen Actor’s Guild, whose members are not crossing picket lines in solidarity with the striking writers) and her manager have stated that she will be attending the Grammy’s, no matter what….


Bottom line is: for inductions into the Grammy Hall of Fame, I don’t recall ever seeing anyone actually receiving an award on stage.


They are just part of a list and photo and music tributes that are announced from the stage….but inductees are often introduced from the audience and stand up to received a bow.


I’m hoping that the Grammy’s will realize the blockbuster value of having Shirley either receive an award on stage and/or having her actually sing “Goldfinger”and bring the house down!


I also wonder if Shirley remains in L.A. in order to enjoy all that we have to offer here, and if she was also present at the Rose Parade on Jan. 1st…… Hopefully I won’t have to hold my breath too much longer!


Happy Days,


Thanks Hope, I expect we shall know what’s happening, or not happening, nearer the date. Please keep us updated!

Reply from Terence Lee


I am delighted to receive a reply from Terence, in response to my “Calling Terence Lee!” page dated 19th January.

Hi Peggy,

Here they are…..the colour one was sent to me in the resort island of Penang, Malaysia where I reside.  


The black and white one was given to me before the concert by her assistant Hilary. Shirley had instructed her to pass me the photo. Hilary asked me if I would like to meet the Dame and in a moment of temporary insanity, I answered “NO……better not disturb her before the show.”

Thinking back on my answer today, I can kick myself for losing my only opportunity to meet the Dame backstage face to face. This privilege was only given to me as I had specially flown all the way from Penang Island to Cardiff for the show and Shirley was informed about it.

She was kind and gracious like a true Dame, years before she was accorded that title.

Best, Terence”


Thank you Terence for sharing your signed photos and ‘close encounter’ with fans around the world.

No surprise that you regret turning down Shirley’s invitation to her dressing room. That’s almost unknown, except for celebs and VIPs. Then it’s sometimes after the show, not before. Shirley is understandably nervous before a concert. After a concert she needs time to recover and change clothes before leaving the venue. It’s hard work!

The Catsuit


‘The Shirley Catsuit’

Thanks to Gown Guru Ian for this report, with Mikey Mike’s 1997 Althorp Park concert photos.


A stunning catsuit designed by Doug Darnell in 1969, consisting of natural coloured chiffon which is covered in Swarovski crystals of aquamarine and turquoise.

The catsuit originally had wonderful bell-bottom trousers, finished off around each hem in ostrich feathers, very late 1960’s!


Dame Shirley loved this outfit and wore it on many appearances between 1970-1974, including her season at the Talk of the Town in 1970 and for several album shoots.

In 1997 for the occasion of her 60th birthday Dame Shirley decided to have Doug reinvent the catsuit to modern day fashion!


Doug revamped it with straight trouser legs and took off the ostrich feathers. Dame Shirley wore this on her 60th Birthday TV show to sing ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ and on her 1997 open air picnic concert at Althorp House, the family seat of the Spencer family, a few months before Diana died. It’s now run by Charles Spencer, with a museum and an exhibition of Diana’s gowns. Her grave is on an island in the lake.

At a similar picnic-style concert the same year, at Castle Howard in Yorkshire, Shirley wore the ‘Pizza Gown’.


This outfit is a testimony to DSB’s hard work at keeping a stunning figure, being able to wear an outfit at 60 and look as good (if not better) than she did when she first wore it at age 32!

We would love to hear from whoever bought this gown at Christie’s charity auction in 2003 and know what became of it.




A fabulous stage ensemble by Douglas Darnell comprising: a sleeveless Catsuit of natural coloured chiffon applied with lace, lavishly embellished with Swarovski aquamarine, topaz and aurora borealis crystals, turquoise teardrop beads, imitation pearls and vari-shaped and coloured sequins, the lower legs additionally encrusted with beads and sequins in an exotic floral pattern, lined in gold silk tissue; a matching short-sleeved coat-dress, the corresponding ornate bodice attached to a full skirt of layered sparkling eau-de-nil voile piped with gold silk tissue; a voluminous turquoise stage coat, densely embroidered with translucent iridescent sequins and trimmed at the cuffs, hem and flowing train with a deep border of turquoise ostrich feathers, lined in gold silk tissue; and a corresponding pair of stiletto heeled shoes customised by Darnell, stamped on the insole Peppino Vasso Hand Made and with the retailer’s name F. Pinet

Weight of catsuit and coat-dress: approx. 3.5kg.

This catsuit was worn by Dame Shirley on many occasions throughout her career from the 1960s until recently. The legs were originally flared and the hems trimmed with turquoise ostrich feathers. These were removed by Darnell some time later and the trouser legs were straightened, the corresponding coat included in this lot was designed at the time of the trouser leg alterations.

The photograph illustrated on the frontispiece of the catalogue is taken from the inside gatefold sleeve of the 1971 album Something Else. The catsuit was also worn by Dame Shirley during the Talk Of The Town shows, April, 1970 and is featured on various album covers from the 1960s and 1970s including: Diamonds Are Forever: Pieces of Dreams; Star Des Bal Pare ’70; Love Story Por Su and The Shirley Bassey Collection. Dame Shirley also wore both the catsuit and the stage coat during her 60th Birthday Concert at Althorp Park, July, 1997.


Dame Shirley told us that she loves this outfit.

Final Price £6,000


Catalogue image displayed with kind permission of Christie’s Images Ltd. © 2002

Althorp Park concert photos thanks to Mikey Mike

Thanks to Bigspendah for editing the text.

Nu Cool on Hed Kandi

Umm.. I wouldn’t understand this headline either!

But it’s good news.

Thanks to Ed for these links.

Hed Kandi is a successful UK disco house label launched in 1999. They issue compilation albums by various artists.


Dame Shirley Bassey’s cool version of Slave To The Rhythm is on a massive new Hed Kandi compilation.

Shirley is mentioned on their TV ad…


and you can hear their DJ talking about the track here:



Great to see Dame Shirley reaching new generations like this!

She has been described as everything from Easy Listening to Rock Chick. DSB is now Nu Cool as well.


Slave To The Rhythm was on this 1996 album