FROM THE ARCHIVE 357 -1991-

Bassey, Shirley

Thats what friends are for-1993-UK-Succes

That’s What Friends Are For
Written by Carole Bayer Sager / Burt Bacharach.

Released on the 1991 album Keep The Music Playing.

From the soundtrack of the comedy movie “Night Shift” in 1982. In 1985 Dionne Warwick & Friends reached No. 1 in the US Billboard with this song. This was an all-star group including Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder.

On one sleeve note Rick Glanvill mentions Deniece Williams in connection with this song, but as far as I know, it was a different song with the same title that she sung. (In 1976 Deniece Williams sang a song with this title, and in 1978 Johnny Mathis sang it with Deniece Williams.)

Plot summary of “Night Shift” from the net: A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the “one great idea” for success. His life takes a bizarre turn when a prostitute neighbour complains about the loss of her pimp. His partner, upon hearing the situation, suggests that they fill that opening themselves using the morgue at night as their brothel. Against his better judgement, he gets talked into the idea, only to find that it’s more than his boss that has objections to this bit of entrepreneurship.

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A remix releases as a single

Lyrics:

And I never thought I’d feel this way
And as far as I’m concerned
I’m glad I got the chance to say
That I do believe I love you
And if I should ever go away
Well, then close your eyes and try
To feel the way I do today
And then if you can remember

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me
For sure
That’s what friends are for
In good times, and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Well, you came and opened me
And now there’s so much more I see
And so, by the way, I thank you
And then for the times when we’re apart
Well, then close your eyes and know
These words are coming from my heart
And then if you can remember

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me
For sure
That’s what friends are for
In good times, in bad times
I’ll be on your side forevermore
That’s what friends are for

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me
For sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times, and bad times
I’ll be on your side forevermore
That’s what friends are for

In good times, in bad times
I’ll be on your side forevermore
That’s what friends are for

In good times, in bad times
I’ll be on your side forevermore
That’s what friends are for

(Transcribed by Roman)1991 (7) - Copy

FROM THE ARCHIVE 356 -1991-

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Written by Elton John / Bernard J. P. Taupin.

Released on the 1991 album Keep The Music Playing.

Previously sung by Elton John 1976 on his album “Blue Moves”. 1977 he reached No. 6 in the US Billboard with this song. Concerning Shirley’s relationship to Elton John, she attended Elton John’s 50th birthday party dressed as Cleopatra. The song has also been performed by Joe Cocker, and more recently in a duet with Elton John and the band Blue.

Below two Dame Shirley Bassey/Elton John videos: The first one Dame Shirley Bassey arrives at Elton John’s 50th. birthday party in 1997 and in the second video she is on her way to Elton John’s wedding in 2005.

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 1

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 2

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 3

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 4

Lyrics:

What do I have to do to make you love me?
What do I have to do to make you care?
What do I do when lightning strikes me?
And I awake to find that you’re not there?

What do I do to make you want me?
What do I have to do to be heard?
What do I say when it’s all over?
Sorry seems to be the hardest word

It’s sad, so sad
It’s a sad, sad situation
And it’s getting more and more absurd
It’s sad, so sad
Why can’t we talking over?
Always seems to me
That sorry seems to be the hardest word

It’s sad, so sad
It’s a sad, sad situation
And it’s getting more and more absurd
It’s sad, so sad
Why can’t we talking over?
Always seems to me
That sorry seems to be the hardest word

What do I have to do to make you love me?
What do I have to do to be heard?
What do I do when lightning strikes me?
What do I have to do?
What do I have to do?
Sorry seems to be the hardest word

(Transcribed by Roman)

Thats what friends are for-1998-UK-Right records_02

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Dame Shirley at the RNIB charity dinner

Yesterday on November 23 a gorgeous looking Dame Shirley Bassey attended another event: the RNIB Gala Dinner at Dorchester Hotel in London, England.

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Dame Shirley Bassey wore a bold block colour dress.
She brightened up the room in her bold purple dress and looked elegant with a slick of red lipstick.
Dame Shirley, 78, looked every inch the diva in a black fur cloak to cover her gown and shield off the winter cold.

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Dame Shirley Bassey lends her support to the RNIB’s ‘See The Need’ campaign. If you see the need for a sight loss adviser in every UK hospital join their campaign by signing the petition.

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Dame Shirley Bassey at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Dame Shirley Bassey yesterday the 22.nd of November at the Old Vic Theatre in London where she attended the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

The 61st Evening Standard Theatre Awards took place in a star-studded ceremony at the Old Vic yesterday evening, Sunday 22nd November, with Nicole Kidman, James McAvoy, Imelda Staunton and Vanessa Redgrave among the big winners of the night.

The event was attended by a glittering assortment of high profile celebrities and some of the most prestigious names in the theatre industry, including Shirley Bassey, Ralph Fiennes, Pixie Lott, Lindsay Lohan, Anna Wintour, Adrian Lester, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Simon Russell Beale, Kate Beckinsale, Richard E. Grant, Zoe Wanamaker, Rufus Norris, Penelope Wilton, Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, and many more. This year’s Awards was co-hosted by the Evening Standard’s owner Evgeny Lebedev with acting legends Dame Judi Dench and Ian McKellan, and presented by Rob Brydon.
It was no surprise that Imelda Staunton took home the award for Best Musical Performance for Gypsy, receiving thunderous applause as she went on stage to collect the award from Dame Shirley Bassey. She later brought the house down with a live performance of ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ from the musical, which earned her a standing ovation from the audience.

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