Fit as a diva


DSB decided not to get any older when she was 29.

Any questions?


Bruce’s bash with Liza


Friday’s party was a huge success.

Dame Shirley was among Birthday Boy Bruce’s 280 guests at the Dorchester.

Well, to be honest, if she hadn’t gone this party would not be on this blog 🙂

Star pals included Ronnie Corbett, Cilla Black, Dale Winton, David Walliams, Rolf Harris, Jools Holland, Tess Daly and Vernon Kay.

No photos to date. If you have any please send!

On Sunday’s BBC One TV celebration, Liza Minnelli performed New York New York. She was remarkable. Those Garland genes kicked in and she did an extraordinary performance with a standing ovation. Good to see Liza back on form.


There’s No Place Like London


On location outside Buckingham Palace

 Daughter Sharon and grandson Luke are in this 1982 video

Please click here to watch it

There’s No Place Like London
Written by Lynsey de Paul and Gerard Kenny.

Released in 1986 on a single, and never released on an album.

The song had been written for The British Tourist Board and was then offered to Shirley Bassey. She made this music video to promote the song. I remember goind to see its ‘premiere’ at the Royal Albert Hall. Composer Linsey de Paul was in the audience, easily identified by her very long golden blonde hair.

The British Tourist Board were running a publicity campaign to attract tourists, specially Americans, back to London after the IRA terrorist bombings had frightened everyone.

Thanks to Pieter for the video and Gary for the photo

Revered chanteuse


Yoko’s older than Shirley

From Billboard…


“Pink’s song “Get the Party Started” is having a second life, thanks to a new version by Dame Shirley Bassey. It’s her “Party” that debuted on Hot Dance Club Play at No. 40 (now No. 16), giving the revered British chanteuse her second entry on this chart and her first in almost 10 years. In May 1998, Bassey entered the tally with “History Repeating,” billed to Propellerheads featuring Miss Shirley Bassey. That song peaked at No. 10.

“Best known for singing the themes to two (sic) James Bond films (“Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever”), Bassey’s U.S. chart career began the week of Jan. 30, 1965 with the debut of that first Bond theme on the Hot 100. That gives Bassey a career chart span of 43 years and one week. By starting the “Party” again, Bassey has her first chart entry of the 21st century.

“If Bassey can move her “Party” into the penthouse, she won’t beat Yoko Ono’s record as being the oldest artist to top the Club Play chart, but she will come close. Ono is 74 and Bassey turned 71 on Jan. 8.”

Copyright : Fred Bronson, Chart Beat, Billboard

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