Rare TV Documentary + Commemorating 50 Years Since Jack Hylton’s Death With Gala Concert

It was bandleader and impresario Jack Hylton’s interest in Little Miss Bassey that is said to have put her firmly on her road to international superstardom. In the 1950s, Hylton invited Shirley to star in Al Read’s Such Is Life at the Adelphi Theatre in London, where Philips’ Johnny Franz spotted her, was impressed and offered her a recording deal.

The following video excerpt is from an incredibly rare TV documentary about Hylton’s life, first shown in October 1967 and recently uploaded to Youtube. It also includes a full live performance of Bassey’s first single, Burn My Candle:

With a new album to look forward to, a timely reminder of the incredible longevity of the Shirley Bassey career and Jack Hylton legacy. The 50th anniversary of Hylton’s death is due to be commemorated with a gala concert at Lancaster University on January 29th 2015, featuring a twenty piece orchestra recreating the original Hylton arrangements. We do not know if Dame Shirley will be among the ‘special guests’ attending the event.

2 thoughts on “Rare TV Documentary + Commemorating 50 Years Since Jack Hylton’s Death With Gala Concert”

  1. WOW, FANTASTIC WHAT A FIND THIS IS,, I AM NOT A 100 % SURE BUT 99% THAT THE PHOTOGRAPH ON THE LEFT , TOP PHOTO,
    IS TAKEN AT THE LITTLE THEATRE IN JERSEY IN 1955, I SAW THIS IN THE JERSEY EVENING POST, YEARS AGO PUBLISHED WHEN DAME SHIRLEY WAS ON A RETURN VISIT HERE IN 1963, & AGAIN IN 1995, THE LITTLE THEATRE AS IT WAS THEN CALLED WAS DEMOLISHED YEARS AGO,
    I HAVE ONLY RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT TWO FRIENDS OF DAME SHIRLEY WHO OWNED A HOUSE ON THE ISLAND, IN 1993/1995 STAYED WITH THEM AT THE TIME SHE WAS DOING HER CONCERTS, & THE LATE GREAT DANNY LA RUE WAS ALSO HERE AT THE SAME TIME DOING LA CAGE DE FAUXL ,WHO SHIRLEY WAS AT HIS SHOW & HE ATTENDED HERS AND OF COURSE I WAS ALSO AT ALL 3 SHOWS , 1 WAS DANNY’S THE OPERA HOUSE, & 2 SHOWS SHIRLEY DID ON CONSECATIVE NIGHTS AT FORT REGENT IN JERSEY
    BUT THE REASON FOR THIS STORY IS , THAT 9 YEARS LATER IN THE YEAR 2004, I WAS LIVING AND WORKING IN THE HOUSE THAT DAME SHIRLEY HAD STAYED AT WITH TWO OF HER FRIENDS ON THE ISLAND, , SADLY THEY HAVE NOW BOTH GONE & IT WAS NEW OWNERS WHO HAD BOUGHT THE HOUSE WHO I WAS WORKING FOR, BUT THE SHIRLEY CONECTION AS JUST BEEN BOUGHT TO MY KNOWLEDGE, AT A VARIETY CLUB LUNCH I WAS ATTENDING IN MY ROLL AS BARKER OF JERSEY 5 WEEKS AGO, NEEDLESS TO SAY IT WAS A LARGE HOUSE, BUT I NOW SEE IT IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT, KNOWING THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER IN THE WORLD [ IN MY EYES ] HAD BEEN THERE BEFORE ME.
    I JUST HAD TO TELL MY FRIENDS AT THE BASSEY BLOG, MY STORY ,

    DENNIS , [ JERSEY CHANNEL ISLANDS ]

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