On 3rd. October 1994 Dame Shirley Bassey received a silver disc for her album: “Shirley Bassey sings the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber” during a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The silver disc was handed to her by Michael Ball and they did a duet: “When I fall in love”.
Here a report by Susan of the event and a clip from the Michael Ball show from that same year where they also did the duet with Shirley as guests star on the show. (Special thanks to Audrey for the photo)
Report by Susan:
Shirley Bassey Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 3rd October 1994.
Shirley had just given a fabulous performance of ‘New York, New York’ on her opening night in London and was introducing her next song: “If you saw the Michael Ball Show you’ll have seen…..” when who should walk on stage to great surprise and cheers from the audience but Michael Ball himself! “This is a shock”, said Shirley.
“I’ve come as both a friend and a fan”, said Michael, “to present you with something I’m very proud to do. A silver disc for your new album”.
“That’s wonderful”, said Shirley. “Thank you Michael. Bye!” (there was much laughter when Shirley said ‘”Bye!” so abruptly).
She then said, “Whilst you’re here, do you want to do something from that show?”
Michael Ball said he’d had a little chat with Mike (Alexander) and that he had all the parts. “Will we do the song that we did on my show?”
“If I remember the words!”, said Shirley. “If I don’t, I’ll bluff them”
They duetted on a brilliant performance of ‘When I Fall In Love’ and Shirley didn’t forget the words.
Michael Ball left the stage and then a female fan shouted, “Record it, Shirley!”
“Record it? Do you think we should?”, replied Shirley. “Do you hear that, Michael?”
“Take him home as well!” shouted a fan.
“Take him home?” said Shirley. “Don’t mix business with pleasure! Or is that don’t mix pleasure with business? It’s one of the two! The song I was speaking about before I was so pleasantly interrupted was Sir Andrew’s ‘With One Look’ from Sunset Boulevard”.
She then went on to perform the song magnificently!
Here is a clip from the Michael Ball show where Shirley sings “With one look” and does the duet with Michael Ball.