Dame Shirley Bassey attends the Red Cross Summer concert in Monaco

Dame Shirley Bassey, 84, looks effortlessly chic in a black trouser suit and white embellished top as she attends the Red Cross Summer concert in Monaco (By NIOMI HARRIS FOR MAILONLINE)

She’s carved out a glittering music career spanning almost 70 years, releasing huge hits including Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever.
And Dame Shirley Bassey continued to dazzle as she put on an effortlessly chic display while attending the Red Cross Summer concert in Monte Carlo, Monaco on Friday. The legendary singer, 84, looked smart in a sleek black trouser suit and an embellished white top as she posed on the red carpet at the event.
Shirley appeared in great spirits as she flashed a dazzling smile while posing in her black blazer and wide-leg trousers.
The Welsh beauty teamed her look with sparkly black heels anThe star was in great company at the annual charity event as it was also attended by Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover. d a matching handbag, while she added a further touch of bling with a diamond necklace and stud earrings.

FROM THE ARCHIVE 513 -1959-

In 1959 went from Phillips to Columbia but as you can read below on the newspaper articles it was a not a smooth transition. Her last album for Phillips was The Bewitching Miss Bassey and the first album for Colombia was The Fabulous Shirley Bassey.

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)

FROM THE ARCHIVE 512 -1958-

Today some newspaper articles from 1958. Terrence Davis who held Shirley Bassey hostage in November 1957 was sentenced to three years in prison. The singles Hands Across The Sea/As I Love You and Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me/There’s Never Been A Night were hits that year. In the featured image you see Shirley with her dog Beaujolais.