George Webb


Shirley and George

George, Jean and Shirley

I would like to dedicate today’s blog to super Dame Shirley fan George Webb. Over the last months I mentioned his name on several posts as he was the provider of some of the newspaper scans I used for the blog.
I met George in 1980 for the first time at the Amsterdam concert. Here you can watch the last song of this concert: “This is my life” where Shirley greets George. I remember we had to prevent him from being squeezed in Amsterdam because the audience was coming forwards to the stage.

George and his wife Betty were very devoted fans and their association with Shirley goes back to her early days when Sharon and Samantha were children. George and his wife stayed with Shirley and Sergio when they lived in Switserland and often took the children to buy sweeties or would baby-sit.

After his wife died George went to the concerts alone and there were always complimenary tickets for him, for every venue.
George left all his Shirley Bassey memorabilia to Jean when he died and her sister Audrey made them available for us now to use for the blog. Above you see a picture of George and Jean together at a concert at the St. David’s Hall in Cardiff.

Below two signed photograps from Shirley for George and his wife Betty from his personal collection and a newspaper article about George from the seventies.

(With special thanks to Audrey)

6 thoughts on “George Webb”

  1. Way to go George! I think that is fantastic. And how wonderful that he got to stay with Dame Shirley. WOW! Isn’t she just lovely? So has George passed away then? How fantastic that we still get to read manifestations of his love for Dame Shirley. Thank you for sharing this Pieter.

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  2. YES, SADLY GEORGE WAS ILL IN HOSPITAL FOR A SHORT WHILE, AND THEN PASSED AWAY. DAME SHIRLEY DID SEND FLOWERS TO HIS FUNERAL THOUGH.
    HE REALLY WAS A GENTLEMAN IN THE OLD-FASHIONED SENSE OF THE WORD.
    R.I.P. GEORGE.

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  3. Knew George and Betty well. First met them in the 60’s. and continued to keep in touch up to his death. Yes, he was a great Bassey fan, and so was his wife. Remember meeting him in London when the Dame was appearing at the Talk of the Town We had a great night, and Shirley was wonderful to them both. Met the Dame in the early 60’s. First saw her in concert at one of the Blackpool Piers when she was in her early teens. Taken there by my grandmother, and this started a lifetime of following her career. Never missed a concert in this Country, and George and Betty and I went all over the place to see her. From her humble begginings right up to date.George was a gentleman and one of the biggest Bassey fans I have ever met. Still miss him and think of them both with love and affection. Yesterday has gone,but it’s still very much in my mind. We had so much fun together, and Dame Shirley was absolutely great to both of them, and she is to all her fans.
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