Shirley Bassey

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Last year when we had all the duets Dame Shirley Bassey did on the blog there was also the duet she did in 1974 with Bernard Ighner. It was a song called ‘Davy’. (Duets # 18)  At the time I sent mr. Ighner an email to ask him if he was able and willing to share the memories he has of his cooperation with Dame Shirley. Long after the duet had already been on the blog he replied and I would like to share this email with the viewers of the blog. This is what Mr. Ighner replied:

Dear Mr. Daane,
Firstly, I do apologize for the lengthy delay in response to your email, sent to me on the 30th of June of this year.
Hopefully, all apologizes accepted, It would be a pleasure to tell you something about the duet I did with Shirley Bassey singing “Davy” on her 1974 album “Nobody Does It Like Me”.

Prior to meeting Dame Shirley Bassey, I like many many others so enjoy her Robust Style [ie] “Gold Fingah”. Equal to her robust delivery is a beautiful Voice. One that is instantaneously identifiable as hers.

The late Dr. George Butler who was head of A&R at United Artist Records during that time, sent Shirley Bassey a song “Davy” I had written and recorded as a demo with my sister Sondra Ighner who was the original female voice on the original recording of Davy.

Dame Shirley Bassey did in fact come to Los Angeles,California to record “Davy” with me, as a duet. I was totally delighted with the idea. It was difficult to believe such a power voice came from such a petite woman. I liked her instantly, There was no ego to contend with, just mutual respect.

I learned that she had never recorded with anyone else, prior to me nor since. Not being totally sure of the above at this point, I should hope, that distinction still belongs to me.

As the session got underway, I immediately discovered our voices were beautiful together. It was fantastic!!!

Just today, I went into my garage to look for something in particular. There was no pre-thought as it relates to looking for what I subsequently, opened the first box and found. It was truly miraculous. It is a magazine photo from the United Artist release of Shirley Bassey’s “Davy” .

Do you have a relationship with her? If so, give her my “Best Wishes” In addition to the photo is an audio file of a song entitled “Everything Must Change” I wrote and am singing which has become a Modern Day Classic. If you are in touch with her, please pass it on to her for me? Thank you in advance.

Everything must change


8 thoughts on “Davy”

  1. very interesting and of course we know Shirley later did other duets. `EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE` is a song I wish Shirley had recorded. There are 2 versions I love by Nina Simone and Peggy Lee.


  2. I love “Davy” and am pleased to hear that DSB and Mr. Ighner had such a delightful time recording it — it certainly shows in the finished product. “Davy” was also beautifully recorded by Marlena Shaw.
    “Everything Must Change” is a contemporary standard and it would be a PERFECT addition for DSB’s repertoire. There are so many standout versions of this song — Oleta Adams, Shirley Horn, Morgana King, Gloria Lynne, and on and on — but DSB could certainly distinguish her interpretation with her majestic talent.


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