We mark today’s occasion by sharing a radio program in which Stuart Barr uncovers the colourful career of the British transgender pioneer who shaped Shirley Bassey’s early sounds, including debut single, ‘Burn My Candle (At Both Ends)’ and enduring hits, ‘As I Love You’ and ‘Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me.’
“In 1972, Wally Stott’s transition to Angela Morley made front page news. Wally was famous. He was composer for the Goon Show and Hancock’s Half Hour, and music director to stars like Frankie Vaughan and Shirley Bassey. “TV Music Man changes his sex” screamed the headlines. Where would Angela go from here? Stuart talks to Angela’s friends and colleagues to discover how she made her mark in the music business, as a woman and a man. And he explores the special qualities of the music she wrote and arranged, from the famous ‘Hancock’ tuba theme to her work alongside John Williams on blockbusters like Star Wars and Superman.”
Today we show some pictures from Dame Shirley backstage signing autographs at the Evening Standard Theater Awards on the 22nd. of November 2015. Very special thanks to Jill from Canada for these unique and wonderful photos. For a previous post about the event CLICK HERE please.
A highlight of the British summer calendar 2016 will take place Saturday 9th July on a floating stage in Henley on Thames…
“Dame Shirley Bassey will guest star alongside Blake at the Henley Festival, after the two acts combined successfully in 2015 recording the Christmas classic – Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Dame Shirley needs little introduction with a career and back catalogue spanning over sixty years, with classic tracks such as the James Bond hits ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ to her name; she will bring unrivalled glitz and glamour to the 2016 Henley Festival.”
“Blake will bring their distinctive ‘crossover’ of electrical and classical music to the fourth night of the Henley Festival 2016. The trio have enjoyed fantastic success since forming in 2007, with their first album reaching number one in the UK Classical Album Chart and receiving a Classical BRIT Award. They continue to grow in popularity and return to the Henley Festival for the first time since 2011 with over 1 million album sales to their name.”
Tickets for the event range from £35.00 to £110.00. For big spenders, VIP packages are also available at £325 (Grandstand A) and £350 (Lawn) – these include champagne reception, three-course dinner with wines, coffee and complimentary bar.