Today 20 years ago Dame Shirley Bassey’s 60th. birthday special was recorded at the TV studios in London on a Sunday afternoon. It was a great experience to attend and lots of fun. Here you can watch the special plus extra features. At the start the premiere of the West End musical Smokey Jo’s Cafe, Shirley Bassey talks to After 5 TV reporter Ken Andrew about how she feels about her forthcoming 60th. birthday.
Songs: s’ Wonderful, Crazy, Yesterday When I Was Young, Slave To The Rhythm, You’ll See, Try A Little Tenderness, Can I Touch You There, With One Look, Goldfinger, Something & Big Spender
Following on from the Happy Birthday Shirley series, an interesting story from Neil
During the show Dame Shirley’s dress was cut up and Neil explained that it was auctioned at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on July 18th 1999 by actor Gordon Kaye (of “Allo Allo” fame). It was a fundraising evening by the famed “Water Rats” organization. It was called “A Night Of Knights” and the top table consisted of such luminaries as Dame Very Lynn, Dame Thora Hird, Sir John Mills, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Nigel Hawthorne to name a few…and they all signed the back of the presentation!
Neil said “‘I bought it from a lovely man called Gerry Palmer who said he wanted it to go to a good home, I happily obliged. Gerry was delighted with it`s new look and said I had done Shirley proud!”
Thanks to Neil for sharing this wonderful story