I’m A Fool To Want You

shirley-8-ytIn 1994 a five CD box-set was released with a bonus CD of the previously unreleased full lenght recording of Shirley’s 1964 Carnegie Hall concert. Shirley was 27 at the time and it was her debut concert at Carnegie Hall.
Here is a wonderful song from that CD called: I’m A Fool To Want You.

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Carnegie Hall

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Shirley Bassey recorded this love ballad, ‘I’m A Fool To Want You’  in 1968 as one of the tracks on her Album, ’12 Of  Those Songs.’  Sean Connery wrote the cover notes for this EMI/Columbia LP and regarding this song he writes, “Bassey is at her superb best!”

This song has also been included on several of Shirley’s compilation CDs, including (1989) ‘I’m In the Mood For Love, and (1994) Collection, ‘Bassey – The EMI/UA Years 1959-1979. In addition, Shirley’s 1964 live recording at Carnegie Hall is also something special to hear!

Frank Sinatra, is one of the greatest male vocalists of his day, and most would say, of any day! But, many of you might not know that Frank was also an accomplished song writer. Well, Frank along with Joel S Herron, and Jack Wolf, wrote this wonderful song. And, over the years, Shirley has recorded several of Frank’s songs, but this relatively obscure song is my favorite.

It is a well known fact that Frank and Shirley were friends and they knew each other going back to the early to mid-60’s when both were performing in Las Vegas.

Frank has said of Shirley that she has the greatest (vocal) pipes in the world.  And Shirley has said of Frank: “Frank had the most unusual voice – it was like an instrument, he could hold a note for so long. He was my idol and I learned so much from him. On stage he was magic!”

This song was written in 1951, and many believe this was Frank’s paradoxical homage for his love to Ava Gardner whom he was married to at the time.

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Ava Gardner & Shirley Bassey

Special thanks to Pablo Aharonian for the Ava Gardner pictures

3 thoughts on “I’m A Fool To Want You”

  1. I like this song very , very much!!
    The whole recording of the live performance al Carnegie Hall in 1964 is so special !
    Many thanks for this compleet information Pieter, it makes the song much more special!!

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  2. Thank you Pieter.. I agree with Sunlover and I enjoyed the extensive background information about the song. What a great artist Frank Sinatra was I love his music. Thank you for the lovely video and the Carnegie Hall interior photo as well as the lovely picture of DSB’s salutation to Carnegie Hall. Very nostalgic.

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  3. IT’S A CLASSIC SONG, THANKS PIETER, I DO HAVE THE ORIGINAL
    1968 VINYL { 12 OF THOSE SONGS, } & ALSO ANOTHER !2″ INCH L.P OF 12 OF THOSE SONGS,+ THE SLEEVE.
    WHICH IT IS MADE INTO A CLOCK TICKING AWAY ON A WALL.
    WHICH WAS BOUGHT ME, FOR ONE OF MY BIRTHDAYS,[2010].
    PLEASE BASSEY FANS LISTEN ALSO TO [ LENA MARTELL’S } RECORDING, OF { I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU } RELEASED ALSO AS A SINGLE IN THE 1960’s SUCH AN UNDERATED ARTIST.

    BUT THE E.M.I YEARS [ A MUST HAVE,] FOR ANY DAME SHIRLEY
    FANS, I BOUGHT IT WHEN RELEASED IN 1994, IT STILL AS THE PRICE TAG ON IT [ £50- 20p ] WHICH 22 YEARS AGO WAS RATHER A LOT OF MONEY, BUT 93 TRACKS, 24 PAGE BOOKLET, THE EXTRA CD, RECORDED LIVE ON THE 15TH OF FEBRUARY 1964,
    AT CARNEGIE HALL, [ PRICELESS ]
    IF IT WAS “BASSEY”, IT WAS ALSO MINE, I WORKED HARD,I SAVED HARD & WHEN IT CAME TO ” BASSEY ” I SPENT HARD.
    FROM 1957 AT [17] ,,WELL ,{ NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW,]

    60 YEARS ON SHE IS STILL THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER IN THE ” WORLD ” [ AT 77 ,& DAME SHIRLEY 80 ], [ 7TH & 8TH ] OF JANUARY [2017] GOD WILLING WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO,
    I REALLY MUST SHUT UP ,THE BASSEY BLOGGERS , & YOURSELF ASKED FOR A COMMENT ON THE ABOVE ,ARCHIVE I FEEL I WILL BE BANNED , BUT WHEN IT COMES TO “BASSEY”
    IT’S ” BASSEY’S BLOG ” SORRY BLOGGERS & YOU PIETER ,

    Dennis JERSEY C.I

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