FROM THE ARCHIVE 355 -1986-

Today a combined Blog Bassey Archive/Video Showcase as I will be going on holiday for the next few weeks.
Below a you can listen to There’s No Place Like London by clicking the player. Also two different videos of the Making of….. which features Dame Shirley’s daughter Sharon and grandson Luke.

IMG_0003There’s No Place Like London
Written by Lynsey de Paul and Gerard Kenny.

Released in 1986 on a single, and sadly never re-released on any other medium.

The song had been written for The British Tourist Board and the song was then offered to Shirley Bassey, and she made a music video to promote this song. On the single cover You can see some video screen shots. In the clip she was snapped in some of the popular tourist spots while she lip-synched the song.
Shirley Bassey has performed this song in many shows, and after her performance in “Live from the Piccadilly” 1986 for example she said about this song:
This great number was written by Miss Lynsey de Paul and Mister Gerard Kenny, and I had the pleasure of recording it for the tourist board to entice all the tourists back to jolly old London, because they deserted it there for a while. So let’s hope it did some good.

Miss Lynsey de Paul shall have been a friend of Shirley Bassey and offered the song to her. The singer and songwriter was born as Lynsey Rubin in England in 1951 – she changed her name in the early 1970’s. Some of her most successful songs have been “Sugar Me” and “Rock Bottom”.

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Lyrics:

There’s no place like London
There’s no place at all
The east or the West End
You end up in the best end
There’s no place like London
And I’ve been around
There’s no place like London town

When You walk down the street
Feel the history under your feet
From the top of St. Paul’s
To the old market stores
All in all it’s my cup of tea

There’s no place like London
There’s no place at all
The east or the West End
You end up in the best end
There’s no place like London
And I’ve been around
There’s no place like London town

See them changing the guard
When it’s raining as hard as can be
I don’t care who you are
You don’t have to go far
To get treated like royalty

There’s no place like London
There’s no place at all
The east or the West End
You end up in the best end
There’s no place like London
And I’ve been around
There’s no place like London town

Take Paris in the spring
Take New York in the fall But I’d leave them behind
For the best of them all

There’s no place like London
There’s no place at all
The east or the West End
You end up in the best end
There’s no place like London
And I’ve been around
There’s no place like London
London ‘s capital
There’s no place like London town

(Transcribed by Roman)

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7 thoughts on “FROM THE ARCHIVE 355 -1986-”

  1. Yes Pieter I join with all my fellow DSB fans in wishing you a well deserved great vacation. Enjoyed this archive. DSB represented LONDON very well, and looked and sounded great. Loved seeing her children in the video.

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  2. This song “There’s no place like London” is published on two disc set ” Warner/Chappel presents: Olympic Tracks” for promo use only, but i found it on Ebay!!!!!

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