FROM THE ARCHIVE 459 -1975-

The year 1975 was a very busy year. There was the recording of a BBC show, the album Good Bad But Beautiful was released and there was a world tour. (Europe, Austalia, Japan, USA) Below a video from 1975 of Shirley Bassey in rehearsal where she sings And I Love You So.

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The recording of the BBC show in Bahrein

Chanson d’enfance & French article

Chanson d’enfance (Song of my childhood) from the musical ‘Aspects of Love’ is a beautiful song from the 1993 album “Shirley Bassey sings the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber” and is partly sung in French and in English.

Lyrics:

Pas de tendresse
No tenderness
Et pas de joie
And no joy
Loin d’ici
Far from here
Loin de toi
Far from you
Rien de plus triste
Nothing is sadder
Que mes soupirs
Let my sigh
Lorsque vient le jour
When the day comes
Où il me faut partir
Where I must go
Chanson d’enfance
Song of my childhood
Tu vis toujours dans mon cœur
You l’ve forever in my heart
Toi, la plus douce!
You’re the sweetest
Toi, la plus tendre!
You’re the most tender !
What could be sweeter?
Nothing is sweeter
What could be sweeter?
Nothing is sweeter

The official video from “With one look” from the album.

 

Translation (by Ed)

SHIRLEY BASSEY: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

FIVE MUCH LOVED PERSONS FROM THE PRINCIPAL OF MONACO, ALL CHOSEN BY PRINCE ALBERT

Shirley Bassey is the voice of “Golfinger” one of the many great James Bond movies. In September the singer is doing a tour of Great Britain: London, Glasgow, Blackpool and of course Cardiff where her family always has the first ten rows.

She was not born looking like she just came back from the hairdresser and possesses more than a hundred hats.
She was born in Cardiff, a Nigerian father and a Welsh mother, and she lives in Monte Carlo. In this magical place she decided to put her bag after two marriages, which have in turn trained in Lugano and Marbella. Solitude sun facing the sea. Alone but rebel at learning the French language. She has tried. One day, she ventured to say “a pea” instead of “a little bit.” Everyone laughed and she did it again. It is the symbolic and sensual voice of three of the most famous James Bond films “Goldfinger”, “Moonraker” and “Diamonds for Ever”. Once again, for the gala of the Legion of Honour at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, she thrilled the spectators with her rubato, its syncopation and its range hoarse. A beautiful singer dressed in black veils and gold glitter. A fire on stage. And at the end of the show, the roses never ended up, flying over her feet. The Queen of England decorated Shirley Bassey ribbon of Order of the British Empire. That day, the singer was wearing a black dress, strict, enlivened with a feathered hat, also black. She is preparing a tour in Great Britain for the month of September. It will be London, Glasgow, Blackpool and of course Cardiff, the capital of Wales, where her family is every time in all the seats of the first ten rows. Then a diva discusses her childhood.

(Article by Laetitia d’Ornano. Photo Henry Leutwyler/Madame Figaro)
Special thanks to Audrey for the article


Shirley received a silver disc for the album from Michael Ball

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Radio Programme 1972 (with the New Scottish Orchestra)

Several fans on FB have been commenting about a BBC radio programme that was transmitted at the end of 1972 which featured Shirley and Norman Newell being interviewed and naturally Shirley singing.  Brian Fahey is also featured as he was the conductor for the New Scottish Orchestra.

From what I understand this has been posted on the blog previously but the link is no longer available but they mentioned that I might be able to post it again.  I’d forgotten all about it and wasn’t sure I had it but there it was in my archives!  I listened to it just to make sure it was all ok so hope you will enjoy hearing it.

The photo was taken from the session for the 1972 album ‘And I Love You So’ which was released in 1972.

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