Dominion Theatre, London
28th November, 1994
THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
Held in the presence of
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES
Presented by: BBC Television Entertainment
Musical Director & Supervisor: Michael Reed
Production Manager: Richard ValentineProduced & Directed by: Kevin Bishop
Stage Director & Choreographer: Kim Gavin
LAINE THEATRE ARTS DANCERS
THE ITALIA CONTI ACADEMY OF THEATRE ARTS CHOIR
PASSING ZONE – JON WEE & OWEN MORSE
OLIVER – THE CAST
VIVIANA DURANTE & ZOLTAN SOLYMOSI
RIVERDANCE – THE CAST
Released in 1986 as B-side of a Towerbell single (A-side: There’s No Place Like London). The recording has never been re-released, but Shirley Bassey has performed the song on some live concerts 1995 on her 40th anniversary world tour.
The original French title of this song was “Mourir Sur Scène”. The song was a great hit in 1983 for Dalida. She was a singer of Italian descent, who raised in Egypt, and was very successful in France and some other countries (born: Yolande Christina Gigliotti). Norman Newell translated this song for her into English, and so she recorded it in English as “Born To Sing” too. Norman Newell wrote English lyrics for a few more of Dalida’s songs, and he was responsible for many hits of Shirley Bassey.
On the 1995 video An Audience With Shirley Bassey, she says before this song: “This next song was written for me by my dear friend Norman Newell, who wrote for me many of my hits. And this one is the last one, he wrote for me. Thank You Norman.” As written before, he had not written it for Shirley Bassey originally, but she was obviously referring to the fact, that he remembered this song, and offered it to Shirley Bassey. She brought it back to the audience, because Dalida had died a few years before.
Description of the dress Dame Shirley Bassey wears for this performance: A striking ‘shimmy’ gown by Douglas Darnell of sheer white silk chiffon, the bodice and narrow straps densely embroidered with imitation pearls, translucent sequins and large imitation pearl drops, the skirt slit centrally to the upper leg and decorated overall with tiers of cascading white silk tassels on imitation pearl terminals over vertical stripes of translucent sequins, the flowing train further embellished with multiple rows of translucent sequins on the upper surface and lined with a deep border of white sequins.
Weight: approx. 4.5kg.
Dame Shirley wore this gown during a performance at the Launch Party for London Fashion week, 15th February, 2003; The gown was worn by Dame Shirley on a number of occasions in the late 1990s and is featured on the cover of the 1996 single recorded with Chris Rea Disco La Passione.
Sold at Christies Gown Auction for: £4,800.