Duets # 24

Today we are reviewing duet # 24 already. When I started this series of duets I did not realize there were so many and there are still lots more to come as we are now going from 1980 up to 2009 which year saw the last duet.

This Video Show Case will show you now the duet Dame Shirley Bassey did with Robert Goulet on her ITV special ‘A special lady’. This special was released on a DVD in 1983 and is still available. Here you can see three different covers of it from different countries.

To visit Robert Goulet’s official website CLICK HERE


In 2018 Dame Shirley Bassey was in Los Angeles for AmFAR. Songs: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Almost Like Being In Love & I Am What I Am.

The star-studded bash was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in California and this year the event honoured singer-songwriter and activist, Katy Perry.
The black-tie event features a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and special performances – including one by Dame Shirley Bassey.

The gala has raised more than $13million (£10m) for HIV and Aids research and Katy is being honoured alongside Blake Mycoskie for their commitment to the fight against Aids as well as other humanitarian work.

Also that year she was at the Bruce Forsyth tribute at the Palladium.

Plus an article in Vogue

programme -2000- Royal Variety Performance

Duets # 23

Today we review the wonderful duet Shirley Bassey did with Les Dawson on her 1979 BBC show. Song: A Couple Of Swells which was originally a duet by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.  

We’re a couple of swells
We stop at the best hotels
But we prefer the country far
Away from the city smells

We’re a couple of sports
The pride of the tennis courts
In June, July and August we look cute
When we’re dressed in shorts

The Vanderbilt’s
Have asked us up for tea
We don’t know how to get there
No sire, no sire

We would drive up the Avenue
But we haven’t got the price
We would skate up the Avenue
But there isn’t any ice

We would ride on a bicycle
But we haven’t got a bike
So we’ll walk up the Avenue
Yes, we’ll walk up the Avenue
Yes we’ll walk up the Avenue’s till we’re there,
Till we’re there.

A picture of Shirley and Les when she was a guest at his show in 1989

CLICK HERE for an article from Wales Online about Les Dawson.

A funny cutout of the article: This exposure led to television specials with Cilla and Lulu. Shirley Bassey adored Les, but Joan Collins did not. She failed to appreciate that the out-of-tune piano playing was a deliberate joke. ‘How can they let him play live on air?’ she asked. That says a lot about Joan Collins.