Live performance from 1972 at ‘The Talk of the Town’ in London.
Songs: Where Am I Going, Let Me Sing And I’m Happy, I Capricorn, Johnny One Note, Excuse Me, Shirley, I’ve Never Been A Woman Before, Somebody Like Me, Without You, I’d Like To Hate Myself In The Morning, And I Love You So, Till, Day By Day, The Party’s Over.
About the dress Dame Shirley is wearing for the concert:
A twinkling stage gown designed by Douglas Darnell in 1972 for Shirley’s season at the “Talk of the Town” in London that year.
The black silk chiffon ground encrusted with black sequins, with exceptionally low-cut back and sweetheart neckline, the bias cut skirt with flowing train lined in silver silk tissue adorned with a crystal butterfly at the back.
Dame Shirley wore it for numerous stage appearances and it can also be seen in the BBC footage of Live At The Talk Of The Town, 1972, Carnegie Hall 1973 and in Japan in 1974. Dame Shirley told us that her fans were particularly fond of this dress when it had the crystal butterfly in place and used to call out asking “Where’s the butterfly” if she went on stage in another gown, to which she responded: “It’s flown away”.
The dress was sold in auction at Christies in 2003, minus the Butterfly back.
Final price £3,500. Special thanks to Ian (our Gown Guru) and DavidB for this information.
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