In 1982 a series of articles was published in the Sunday Mirror. It was three weeks in a row and we have the artcles of the first two weeks here. Unfortunately the third part is missing. So anybody who has it please let us know.





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Dio Come Ti Amo


Dio Come Ti Amo (Oh God How Much I Love You)
Written by Domenico Modugno.

Released on the 1991 album Keep The Music Playing

Keep the Music Playing is a 1991 album by Shirley Bassey. The album was recorded in the UK at the Westgreen Studios and in the Netherlands at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum. The album is a mixture of contemporary pop ballads, such as “I Want to Know What Love Is” from Foreigner, the Jennifer Rush power ballad “The Power Of Love”, and the more gentle “Still” from Lionel Richie, combined with standards from the field of jazz and pop, such as “He Was Beautiful”, the sweet jazz ballad from Cleo Laine. Several of the song arrangements reflect an operatic pop style influence, which may have roots in her 1984 album I Am What I Am, which she recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the fact that in the latter mid-1980s she started working with a vocal coach, a former opera singer. Bassey returned to the Beatles with “Yesterday”, as she had previously covered “Something” and “Fool on the Hill” successfully in the 1970s, and had performed “Hey Jude” frequently live. Another previously successful formula was used for the closing track “Dio, Come Ti Amo ” an Italian original in the tradition of “This is My Life” and “Natalie”..

Previously sung by Domenico Modugno. This Italian singer and writer was best known for singing the international hit Volare, which he also co-wrote. Dio Come Ti Amo was the Italian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966.

Below a video with the official video clip of the song and a great live version on a German TV Show called Telestar.

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Why must I remember
Why can’t I simply close my eyes, go to sleep
And make him disappear
Why must I always hear

Dio come ti-amo
Those were the words he said
Oh god how much I love you
It still runs through my head
The wind began to blow
And all the leaves were flying
He stood there in the night
And tried to keep from crying

What could I have told him
What could I say of you
When love has lost it’s meaning
It’s over, it’s through
And so I hurried on
For someone new was waiting
To hold me in his arms
In endless celebrating
But that was long ago
And many loves have I
But only one was real
And that I let slip by

Dio come ti-amo
I still can hear him say
Oh god how much I love you
Yet I walked away
I know, it’s much to late
But I go right on praying
To have you back again
So you can hear me saying

Dio come ti-amo
Oh god how much I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you

(Transcribed by Roman)

Shirley is ‘Forever’

It’s not very often that there are any CD releases these days. Certainly nothing with new recordings and usually CDs that contain tracks that have been released many times over. Several weeks ago I saw that a 3CD set was to be released on 20th April called ‘Forever’. I noted it was on the label Factory Of Sounds which is based in Holland and pre-ordered it hoping to get it not too long after it’s release. I buy all CDs that are released of Shirley’s and I didn’t take much notice of what tracks would be on it. I did know there would be 75 tracks in all and that it would be a mixture of recordings from the Philips and Columbia labels along with the complete UA album ‘Never, Never, Never’. I then read that there would be 2 tracks that have been taken from TV recordings.

SB - Forever

The set arrived this weekend and I am rather pleased with it. Yes there are tracks I could do without – the ‘Café De Paris’ 5 track EP for instance. It has never been an EP I’ve really liked. and usually skip those songs. I do love that they have used the original UK single release of ‘Reach For The Stars’ which in my opinion is far superior to the stereo version they’ve always used on various albums etc. Songs such as ‘Tonight’, ‘Ave Maria’, ‘Far Away’ and ‘My Faith’ are great additions along with ‘Let’s Start All Over Again’ and ‘Above All Others’. The quality of the CDs is excellent and I have to say I’m really pleased with it.

The TV recordings are at the end of CD 3. Track 21 is actually a 2 song medley and the ‘As I Love You’ which has been taken from the 1961 Bing Crosby Christmas Show and was recorded in England. You hear Bing introduce her and then she sings ‘Luck Day’ / ‘I’m Shooting High’ medley followed by ‘As I Love You’. I was familiar with these as I have the show on DVD. Track 22 though is completely new to me. Taken from ‘The Garry Moore Show’ which was aired December 4th 1962 Shirley sings ‘As Long As He Needs Me’. I have never heard of this show before and have not seen any recording or clip of it. This is completely new to me.

Overall I’m really happy with this release and it’s a great addition to my collection. Below is the full track listing of the set.


I’ve added the two TV recordings for you to hear:

CD3 Track 21:

CD3 Track 22:

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