Dame Shirley Bassey & Dame Joan Collins

Joan Collins with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & the Royal Choral Society, conducted by Louis Clark
Joan Collins with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & the Royal Choral Society,
conducted by Louis Clark

Dame Shirley Bassey and Dame Joan Collins have been good friends since a very young age.

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Joan’s father, Joe Collins, was Dame Shirley Bassey’s first agent and Joan has been married to Anthony Newley, who was the co-writer of one of Shirley’s biggest hits ‘Goldfinger’ and she was there in the studio when Dame Shirley recorded Goldfinger.

 

memo30aAnd… since this is the Video Showcase a video as well. But this time a beautiful song from JOAN! She made a beautiful cover of John Lennon’s IMAGINE in 1982. The song was released as single in the Netherlands and taken from a tribute album for the Beatles with the London Symphony Orchestre.

Okay… So we’ve had many Dallas actors and actresses singing tracks, such as Audrey Landers, Charlene Tilton, Victoria Principal, Patrick Duffyand even good old Larry Hagman, so I guess a single by a Dynasty actor or actress was to be expected. But I never imagined it would be the preposterous proposition of Joan Collins reciting the lyric of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’!

This single was released in 1982 to promote the album ‘The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays The Beatles’. You have to marvel at the sheer strangeness of records sometimes. The B-side is slightly less bizarre, with Roy ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’ Wood singing

Dame Shirey arrives at the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson at the Claridge Hotel in London in 2002
Dame Shirey arrives at the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson at the Claridge Hotel in London in 2002

SAFEWAY PICNIC 2002

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Lyrics:

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as oneImagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

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