Astrid’s Simply Bassey #115.

Today is the final request from John. Another song that really has to
be experienced live he suggests is “Solitaire” and I’m playing it
today from the Special Lady show recorded for ITV in the early

Thanks for your requests John. If anyone has any songs of versions of
songs they’d like playing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with
me with your requests which are all gratefully received.

Solitaire 1980 Live

DSB in portrait exhibiton

Talking Pictures of Welsh talent in portrait exhibition.

Dame Shirley Bassey grew up in nearby Tiger Bay.

Photographs of creative people inspired by Wales will be unveiled in a new exhibition at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.

Talking Pictures is the brain child of celebrity photographer Cambridge Jones, and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Jones was born in Llanidloes and says he has always wanted to give something back to Wales.

The exhibition will show from Tuesday 7 September until 25 October and then tour internationally.

                                                     See  more photos on the BBC Wales Arts website

Cambridge Jones found success with an exhibition in 2004 called Face The Music, which featured one hundred famous faces and their favourite sound tracks.

He has gone from strength to strength and can count four British Prime Ministers, the Queen, Al Pacino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Ioan Gruffudd amongst his long list of clients.

“Since Face The Music, I have always had it in my mind to do something similar for Wales”, he said.

“For me it is about having pride in something which sometimes encounters prejudice.

“I have encountered prejudice myself – the usual jokes about Welsh people. The first one is funny, but after the fourth or fifth it gets wearing”.

After moving to America, Jones was spotted by Catrin Brace, employed by the Welsh Assembly Government to promote Wales and Welsh talent in the United States and beyond.

Together, Brace and Jones came up with the idea of taking portraits of creative people who are connected to Wales in some way.

The photographs are accompanied by interview clips of the subjects talking about who most inspired them.

Jones himself was greatly influenced by David Bailey, and is known for capturing his subjects as people, not as celebrities.

“I never research my subjects. I meet them and start a conversation as if I’d just met them on the bus”, he said.

“That way the conversation is very real. I haven’t elevated them, and we can work together as equals.”

Jones also doesn’t plan his shoots. In the case of Robert Plant’s portrait, they agreed to meet in a village in Worcestershire.

Whilst driving there Jones spotted a rusty barn, and decided to do the shoot there.

Talking Heads features some obvious choices – Bryn Terfel, Dame Shirley Bassey, Cerys Matthews, Matthew Rhys, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Sheen to name but a few, but Brace and Jones have gone out of their way to include a few surprises.

“I want people to leave the exhibition with a sense of awe at the amazing talent that comes out of this small country”, said Jones.

“There is a value and a currency to Wales, and that’s what I want to show”.

Upcoming performances

Dame Shirley Bassey will be performing on the 29th. of September in the Cardiff Millenium Centre for the opening of the Ryder Cup 2010. For tickets CLICK HERE.

Dame Shirley Bassey in Ryder Cup concert

Dame Shirley at Glastonbury in 2007
Dame Shirley Bassey will perform at the Millennium Stadium

Welsh singing legend Dame Shirley Bassey is the latest star to join the line-up for a Ryder Cup launch show.

It is understood that the Welcome to Wales concert in Cardiff will be her first performance in her native Wales for more than five years.

Meanwhile, TV presenter Steve Jones will host the event at the Millennium Stadium on 29 September.

Pontypridd rock band Lostprophets, Catherine Zeta Jones and Katherine Jenkins have also been confirmed.

Swansea singer Shaheen Jafargholi and Only Men Aloud are among the other acts taking part. The European and US golf teams will also attend the gig.

The Ryder Cup takes place at Newport’s Celtic Manor resort between 1 and 3 October.

Born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Dame Shirley’s career has spanned more than 50 years. She has produced more than 30 studio albums, which have spawned 105 singles, with Diamonds Are Forever and Big Spender being two of her most famous hits.

Dame Shirley said: “I’m honoured to be asked to perform at Welcome to Wales and proud to be part of such a fantastic celebration for The 2010 Ryder Cup.

“This is a huge opportunity for Wales and with Katherine Jenkins and Catherine Zeta Jones also taking part, we’ll certainly be adding the glitz and glamour to golf. I can’t wait.”

Guest presenter Catherine Zeta Jones will deliver a special address to open the concert, while her namesake Steve, the Rhondda-born TV presenter, will introduce the acts to the stage.

“I’m very excited to be part of this huge event and the fact it is in the Motherland is the icing on the cake,” he said.

The Ryder Cup is staged every two years, alternating between venues in Europe and the United States, and it is the first time it has been held in Wales.

Another performance at the Royal Albert Hall on the 28th. of October for the 50th. anniversary concert of  the Beatles Philharmonic Tribute.

The world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra takes you down memory lane with a music spectacular of classical interpretations of Beatles’ songs. This musical marriage combines dramatic orchestral arrangements imaginatively fused together with rock and pop.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Alan Chircop, will be complemented by a large chorus, with special guest appearances from Dame Shirley Bassey, Tony Christie, Darius Campbell and the UK’s Soul Queen – Beverley Knight.

Further highlights will include performances by Candy Rock, Maria Elena Infantino, Lynn Faure Chircop, Elliott Frisby, James Andrew Arthur, Sherry Davis, The Scarletz, William Owen, Analiza Ching, Maria Abela Manconi, Susan Black and Tony Moore. The grand finale will bring the orchestra, chorus and guest soloists together for a stunning climax to this performance.
Well-known broadcaster and Beatles aficionado, Mike Read, will be presenting a narrative backdrop to this tribute, taking the audience through The Beatles’ legendary history.

The event is hosted by Fayon Cottrell and is supporting the Noah’s Ark Appeal and the Malta Community Chest Fund.

For tickets CLICK HERE.


Today a wonderful video appeared on YouTube of “Something” where you can see Shirley walk through Sydney (Australia). “Something” is one of Dame Shirley Bassey’s biggest hits from the seventies. Audrey sent us some great and very interesting newspaper clippings all about  “Something”  (From the George Webb collection). I hope you all enjoy reading them. I apologise for the quality of the newspaper clippings but keep in mind that they have been kept for 40 years!