Happy birthday Shirley -The 60th. Birthday Special-

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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

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Following on from the Happy Birthday Shirley series, an interesting story from Neil

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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

7 thoughts on “Happy birthday Shirley -The 60th. Birthday Special-”

  1. The Best She Ever Looked from Arriving on a London Bus with her Bus Pass to the Beautiful white & turquoise Isabella Christiansen Gown just a Fantastic Celebration God Bless This National Treasure that brought glamour and song into our lives !!!!!! A True Star, I have followed Shirley from 1971 and loved every moment and every concert I have seen her 40 times live over the years ! a big fan

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  2. I couldn’t agree with you more David. Like you I have been following her since 1971 and have also seen her 40+ times and never disappointed. I remember that feeling when the orchestra started playing, waiting for her to appear on stage; the adrenalin when she did – what memories! Shirley was very relaxed on this show and how quick these last twenty years have gone. Thanks Pieter for reliving these memories for us and the great article from Neil too – Terry.

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  3. Love the part when her beautiful dress was cut….priceless!….thanks for sharing.
    Twenty years later Dame Shirley is still entertaining us and as beautiful as ever.

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  4. Thank you Pieter. You have really outdone yourself once again with this fantastic archive. I thoroughly enjoyed it all from beginning to end. I enjoyed seeing DSB on the bus, and the humorous opening interview with Mr. Ken Andrew. What a great sense of humor DSB has. The host was very funny, the Cardiff Men’s Choir, and the very talented ventriloquist were a great addition to this beautiful program. DSB looked gorgeous, in top physical form, and sounded absolutely astounding. She sang each song as if it were effortless. DSB has the gift of making her audience feel welcome and like, just part of her big family. Can’t wait to see what her 80th Birthday celebration will be like. Thank you very much Neil for sharing the story and all with us fans, and once again thank you Pieter.

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  5. It is frightening how quickly the time has gone! I remember watching this show and recording it on my VCR as if it was yesterday. I always felt that Shirley was suffering from a cold or the remnants of one when the show was recorded………………………………….

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