Concert for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 80th. birthday. Songs: Goldfinger, Something & Big Spender
On May 24th, 2001 a concert took place in the Royal Albert Hall in London to mark the 80th Birthday of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, which is on June 10th. Among many other artists, Dame Shirley Bassey appeared, and performed three songs.
Shirley Bassey was introduced by former Scary Spice Girl, Mel B and opened with Goldfinger, then sang Something and then before performing Big Spender, she wished His Royal Highness a Happy Birthday and said how honoured she was to be asked to perform at tonight’s birthday celebrations.
After the evenings biggest applause Shirley led the line-up in singing Happy Birthday to Prince Philip. He walked onto the stage towards her, both arms outstretched and kissed her on the cheek as she curtseyed to him.
Prince Philip was all smiles at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the venue for a glittering party to honour the 45th anniversary of his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and also his 80th. birthday. Guests included pop band Hear’ Say, who laughed and joked with the prince, waving a microphone at him in an attempt to interview him! Singing sensation Dame Shirley Bassey, who looked radiant in a floor-length shimmering gown, roared with laughter as she chatted to Prince Philip, before posing.
For this blog’s Video Showcase we have the beautiful song Here’s To Life. Dame Shirley recorded it on the Hello Like Before album last year but has sang it also on numerous occasions during here live performances over the years. The song was originally sung by Shirley Horn and below there is a wonderful video of her singing it live.
No complaints and no regrets I still believe in chasing dreams and placing bets But I have learned that all you give is all you get So give it all you’ve got
I had my share, I drank my fill And even though I’m satisfied, I’m hungry still To see what’s down another road, beyond a hill And do it all again
So here’s to life And every joy it brings So here’s to life To dreamers and their dreams
Funny how the time just flies How love can go from warm hellos to sad goodbyes And leave you with the memories you’ve memorized To keep your winters warm
But there’s no yes in yesterday And who knows what tomorrow brings, or takes away As long as I’m still in the game, I want to play For laughs, for life, for love
So here’s to life And every joy it brings So here’s to life To dreamers and their dreams May all your storms be weathered And all that’s good get better
Here’s to life Here’s to love And here’s to you
The video on the top is from a live performance in Manchester by Dame Shirley from 2006 and of course below that one the studio version from the Hello Like Before album.