Duets # 30

Now on the blog’s Video Showcase the first duet of many that Dame Shirley did on the French TV-show ‘Le Grand Echiquier’ from 1988.
The first duet is with Michel Legrand ‘What are you doing the rest of your life’. Music written by Michel Legrand. Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman. Released in 1970 on the album Something and in 1971 on a single (with The Fool On The Hill on the A-side). The album has been re-released digitally remastered on CD and this song is available on the CD collection Four Decades Of Song too.

(Translation of the article above)

A black diamond: Shirley Bassey.
Thirty-six gold albums, queen of the blues, the sultry voice – one of the biggest in the world – Shirley Bassey, a Cardiff girl, born to a Nigerian father and a Welch mother, gives the musical show its highest acclaim. In London she is just as famous as in New York, Moscow or Paris, her voice is operatic but has never addressed the (classical) operatic repertoire. To prepare for this evening, Jacques Chancel accompanied Shirley Bassey to Marrakech where she gave a free concert for children with disabilities.
She is an explosive star, shining under the spotlights, but a jealous wife in her private life and it is from the heart that Shirley Bassey performs her greatest hits. Around her: Henri Salvador, who she had given his first chance in Europe. Charles Aznavour, with whom she sang a duet, Charles Trenet, for whom she interprets a song, Michel Legrand, who will bring some improvisations and Placido Domingo, duplex of the Vienna State Opera. Alain Delon will be there too, Herbert Von Karajan, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Alain Fondary, baritone.
Shirley Bassey wanted to meet great musicians and young talents. Jacques Chancel has invited back the two heroes of the previous recital, pianists Brigitte Engerer and Michael Rudy. In remembrance of the triumph of the Bulgarian child violinist Mila Georgieva, a first chance is given to Sarah Rithllock, 11 year old violinist plus 13 year old pianist Caroline Sageman. The big band will be led by Shirley Bassey’s musical director, Peter Tomasso. (Very special thanks to Andre for this article)

4 thoughts on “Duets # 30”

  1. This is a beautiful song written by Michel Legrand and as always Shirley sings it brilliantly. However, this duet I’m afraid made me cringe! – I am sorry but why couldn’t Michel just play the piano, (what he is good at) and leave the singing to a real singer – to me a good song on this occasion was just ruined.

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  2. Have to agree with the other comments. Any chance we could see the clip of the two of them performing this song on Shirley’s BBC show? I recall DSB gave a wonderful rendition and Michel stuck to playing the piano (wonderfully!). Thank you.

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