FROM THE ARCHIVE 281 -1966-

Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me
Written by Albon Timothy / Michael Julien
Released in 1958 on a single. A chance appearance as a last minute substitute on “Saturday Night At The London Palladium” where she sung As I Love You at the end of 1958 helped Shirley Bassey to become well known at that time. The earlier single release “As I Love You” was now selling very well. The public then also discovered “Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me” and in early 1959 it reached No. 3 in the charts. Eventually “As I Love You” reached No. 1 in the charts. These two records were running neck and neck in popularity for some time and Shirley Bassey became the first female singer since 1954 to have two records in the top five. In Australia “Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me” was her first hit and reached position No. 34 in the charts in 1959. “Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me” became a landmark in her early career and is forever associated with her.

In the OK! magazine interview Shirley Bassey stated that this song is one of her favourites among her own songs. Her other favourite is Big Spender. She said: “I never tire of them because they’re fun numbers in which audiences join in.”

The song was included in the 1959 album The Bewitching Miss Bassey (length 2:24). A newer recording was released in 1966 on the album I’ve Got A Song For You (length 1:52). The song was also recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1984 on the album I Am What I Am (length 3:37). Most Shirley Bassey collections contain one of these recordings. Since 1959 Shirley Bassey has sung this song at almost every live concert it is also available on many live recordings, and on Video and DVD.

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Lyrics:

Kiss me, honey, honey, kiss me
Thrill me, honey, honey, thrill me
Don’t care even if I blow my top
But, honey, honey, don’t stop

I’d like to play a little game with you
A little game especially made for two
If you come close then I will show you how
Closer, closer, now

Kiss me, honey, honey, kiss me
Thrill me, honey, honey, thrill me
Don’t care even if I blow my top
But, honey, honey, don’t stop

We’ve never played this little game before
If you relax then you’ll enjoy it more
Just settle down and let me teach you how
Closer, closer, now

Kiss me, honey, honey, kiss me
Thrill me, honey, honey, thrill me
Don’t care even if I blow my top
But, honey, honey, don’t stop
(But, honey, honey, don’t stop)

You kiss so well my lips begin to burn
And I can tell I’ve got a lot to learn
So hold me close and darling show me how
Closer, closer, now

Kiss me, honey, honey, kiss me
Thrill me, honey, honey, thrill me
Don’t care even if I blow my top
But, honey, honey, don’t stop
(Don’t care even if I blow my top)
But, honey, honey, don’t stop
(Never stop)

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