All Aboard Shirley!

Visitors to a Welsh beauty spot will soon be enjoying breathtaking scenery while riding on Dame Shirley Bassey after it was announced a train carriage is being named in her honour.

“I always look forward to going back to Wales and to be honoured by Snowdon Mountain Railway makes this visit extra special.” (DSB)

The narrow guage tourist railway travels almost 5 miles to the summit of picturesque Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales.

A carriage naming ceremony is due to take place on Thursday 17th May 2018. Alan Kendall, General Manager of the railway said:

“We thought we’d save the best ‘til last by naming our final carriage in honour of Dame Shirley.

“For a global superstar like Dame Shirley to take time to visit our railway in North Wales is an absolute highlight of our 122-year history.

“It’s to recognise her glittering 65-year career as an ambassador not only for Wales but also the UK.

“With Dame Shirley’s busy schedule it’s been a long time in the planning and we’re delighted her visit has finally been confirmed.”

DSB At Rose Ball Monte Carlo 2018

Dame Shirley put on an age-defying display on Saturday as she made an appearance at the ball in an eye-catching fluffy pink jacket, reports The Daily Mail.

The Welsh powerhouse stunned in a sparkling star-studded gown which she accessorised with a pair of silver earrings.

Bassey added to her glam ensemble with a swipe of shimmering eye-shadow and a red lip.

Princess Grace of Monaco created the Rose Ball in 1954 which is organised every year by the Monte-Carlo SBM group.

The event is held in the prestigious Salle des Etoiles restaurant in the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

Currently presided by Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline of Hanover, the Rose Ball is a symbol of glamour.

It brings together the elite and international high society from across the globe and the proceeds of the charity event go to the The Princess Grace Foundation.

Run On And On

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The song “Run on and on” on the 1975 album “Good, bad but beautiful” was written especially for Shirley by Mercia Love from Johannesburg.
Below a newspaper article about her and how she came to write this song for Shirley Bassey. (From Rien’s collection)
Unfortunately this song was never performed live but you can listen to the studio version here.

Looking at the songs on this album I realized that Shirley sang many of the songs from this album at concerts and in TV-shows.
Below you can find all the titles that are on YouTube.

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Send in the clowns

Good Bad But Beautiful


The Way We Were

I’ll Be Your Audience

Feel Like Making Love

All In Love Is Fair

Run On And On

The Other Side Of Me




The year 1979 was a very significant year for Shirley Bassey with a lot of things happening in her artistic and private life. There was the recording of the 6 BBC tv. shows, the birth of her first grandson Luke, a world tour and she played Broadway for the first time that year and was there for two weeks. The sad thing that year was her divorce from her second husband Sergio after a marriage that lasted almost 11 years. Shirley decided to move to California after the divorce. Below some newspaper articles about the divorce. Also below a clip from one of the 1979 BBC. shows Shirley performing Almost Like Being In Love. The songs she sang so beautiful at the Sir Bruce Forsyth tribute a few weeks ago at the London Palladium.

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