Astrid’s Simply Bassey #85

For this post-Christmas blog, a more somber note as we remember our dear friend Jean Reade who died on this day last year. I am playing Thank You for the Years, which was a particular favourite of Jean’s. Our thoughts today are with Janice, Audrey and all the family. Jean will never be forgotten.

Thank You For The Years



The blog team wishes everybody a wonderful Christmas.  Also of course to Dame Shirley who is now enjoying her holidays.
We want to thank her and her team for the wonderful things they gave us this year. We now go back to Christmas 1986 with Shirley &
Des O’Connor, Tom Jones and Freddy Starr.

Des O’Connor tonight.

Part 1

Part 2

There’s no place like London 


Comedy with Freddy Starr and Des O’Connor 


Hey Jude


We’ll keep a welcome

Astrid’s Simply Bassey #81

This week I’d like to play a song requested by my dear friend Terry, who asked me if i could include the song Ballad of the sad young men on my Simply Bassey. He said: “I love her singing this record from the mid seventies, we don’t hear much about this song but I think she sings it beautifully.” – I agree with you Terry and hope that you enjoy it today.

Ballad Of  The Sad Young Men

If you go away

As a follow up on the last blog’s theme here the remix-version of     ‘If you go away’
Along with a great interview from 1997 with Dame Shirley for the     M & S magazine and some great concert pictures that Jean‘s sister Audrey sent us. Thanks Audrey! Unfortunately we don’t know where or when the pictures were taken. So if there is anybody who knows, please let us know.
It is almost a year ago now since we lost our beloved friend Jean.

P.S: Susan wrote:

Hi Pieter 
Those photos of Shirley on today’s Blog are from the opening night of the 2000 UK Tour, which I believe was Bournemouth? She’s clutching the yellow ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ Beatles TY beanie bear I gave her!!!!!!!! 
Susan xxx
Thanks Susan!