These two songs were the most discussed Dame Shirley Bassey songs on YouTube when I uploaded them for the first time many years ago.
The song ‘Somehow’ from the Royal Albert Hall concert from 1973 and ‘Excuse Me‘ from the 1972 documentary ‘All about Shirley’.
These two clips take everybody by storm, including Shirley, because of the huge power and emotion she puts in them. It is always nice to show these two clips to people who don’t know Shirley and her music very well. Also because they are not the most obvious choice among all the other well known songs she sings live. They are little secret-hidden-surprise songs.
I remember a story about Liberace. He bought an 8-track from Shirley’s new album at the time: ‘Something Else’. He was driving home by car while playing ‘Excuse Me’ and got so overwhelmed by it that he had to pull his car to the side of the road. He could not concentrate to drive. The police almost arrested him because he was parking in an illigal zone.