DSB on the Tom Jones show

Shirley Bassey singing “Something” on the 1971 Tom Jones show.
Special thanks to Gordon for this great clip.

Dame Shirley pictured with her musical director Brian Fahey

About the dress Dame Shirley is wearing for this performance:
The gypsy dress:

A flamboyant gypsy-style coat by Douglas Darnell, the full red cloqué silk tissue slit to the waist with flowing train. The hem decorated with bands of white, red and black ribbon and gold sequins. The fitted black velvet bodice trimmed with a deep border of large Swarovski ‘hyazinth’crystals, gold sequins and imitation pearls, with balloon sleeves of gold patterned gauze similarly trimmed at the cuffs.
Douglas Darnell recalled that Dame Shirley wore the gypsy-style coat to open the show on various occasions in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

3 thoughts on “DSB on the Tom Jones show”

  1. Completely agree. Dreadful. Looks as if she’s decided to wear the John Lewis soft furnishings department with some lampshade trimmings thrown in for luck; circa1970. A complete nightmare, Douglas must have been on something.


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