Astrid’s Simply Bassey #123

For this week’s blog, I’m playing a song for Lydia who kindly wrote to me.
 
“Hello there dear friends. I love this site so much. I am so grateful
for the years of love and efforts that are represented here. Astrid I
wonder if you havea  version of Dame Shirley singing For Once in My
Lifetime. I know she did sing the Stevie Wonder song for Once in my
Life there is someone who needs me, someone I have needed so long
song. But the one I am talking about starts out Just once in my
lifetime I feel like a giant, I soar like an eagle….  Do you by
chance know the one I mean?  Judy Garland sang this song too.”

The song is “For Once In My Lifetime” and was recorded by Shirley in
the mid-sixties and released on the album “Shirley Stops The Shows”,
she also performed it live at Carnegie Hall in 1964, a recording
released in 1994 as part of the box set “The EMI/UA Years.”

I hope you enjoy listening to these Lydia and my heartfelt thanks for
your kind support.

 

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Once In A Livetime – Shirley Stops The Shows
 
Once In A Lifetime – Carnegie Hall in 1964
 
 
 
 
 

5 thoughts on “Astrid’s Simply Bassey #123”

  1. Thank you Astrid! I especially love the Live version. It is beautiful. I wonder if this was a encore or an opening. I wonder if any of you fortunate people who have loved Dame Shirley back in the sixties and may have been at this concert can share any details? Dress? Hair? Conductor? I
    I know Judy Garland sang this in 1964 in concert at the Palladium. As I have stated before, I really love Judy Garland now too, because one of Dame Shirley’s interviews mentioned her love Judy. Judy’s version is great, it has depth too. But Dame Shirley’s just knocks your socks off! The energy and the talent is amazing. Great arrangement and orchestra.
    I am going to put this as number 1 in my Dame Shirley Exercise playlist. I find it very inspiring. Thank you Astrid!

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  2. A GREAT SONG BY A GREAT LADY.

    IF JULES READS THIS MESSAGE COULD YOU PLEASE GET IN TOUCH REGARDING THE DSB PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THR ALBERT HALL THAT YOU HAVE OF ME AND THE GREAT LADY. ED AND I CANNOT GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS KEEPS BOUNCING. SORRY TO TROUBLE YOU. REGARDS JULIE

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  3. Dear Astrid,
    Theses are two different songs and are both live versions:
    1. For Once In My Life has no studio version as long as I kno Live 1990.
    2. Just Once In A Lifetime live 1964
    Kind Regards

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  4. Thanks again Astrid for all that you do and all of the jDame Shirley joy that you share. As I listened to the Shirley Stops the show version, I marveled at the power of her voice in 1964. It made me realize I would love to hear her sing it now, with her even more awesome voice now. She totally rocks!!!! I was reading some article the other day about Shirley, and someone mentioned something about Shirley when she was in her “prime”. I am fairly new at all things Bassey, but I have honestly not been able to discern a PRIME. She was fantastic then, and she is even more fantastic now. i don’t know , maybe they were talking about age.Long Live Dame Shirley who is still in her prime in my opinion.

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