The Liquidator

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In 1965  Shirley Bassey recorded the title song for The Liquidator.  She recorded the main title and the end title and also a single version of the song. Below you find the four versions of the song. She also sang this song live on the 1967 Special ‘Bassey meets Basie‘. This special was released on Betamax Video.

This is the title theme of the 1965 movie ‘The Liquidator’ released in December 1965 on the soundtrack album.The original soundtrack version with the orchestra directed by Lalo Schifrin himself has been re-released on CD on the 1995 US collection Goldsinger – The Best of Shirley Bassey.A completely different recording was made on December 19th 1965 and released in January 1966 on the UK Columbia single DB 7811. This was Shirley’s last A-side for Columbia before signing to United Artist Records. In the US in November 7 1966 a United Artists single UA 50099 had been released. One version was directed by Tony Osborne and another by Arthur Greenslade. One of these singles contained the version which is available on many CD collections digitally remastered, for example on Bassey – The EMI/UA Years 1959 – 1979. Shirley also performed the song on a BBC special “Show Of The Week” in 1966.

The liquidator (mono version)

The liquidator (single version)

My liquidator

My liquidator (end title)

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Dame Shirley Bassey will perform iconic Bond theme song at The Baftas to celebrate their 60th anniversary

JAMES Bond fans should tune into the EE British Academy Film Awards next Sunday – as singing legend Dame Shirley Bassey is putting on a special performance in honour of the 60th anniversary of the franchise.

I can exclusively reveal the superstar, who is the only person to have ever recorded more than one Bond theme tune, will be belting out a classic from the 007 films to kick off the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Dame Shirley Bassey is putting on a special performance. Insiders are staying tight-lipped about which of the songs Dame Shirley will perform but she’s got three of the best to pick from – with her title tracks including Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.

Dame Shirley’s performance isn’t the only treat the film Bafta bosses have lined up, as they have a star-studded roster of actors ready to dish out the famous mask awards.

The bombastic vocals of Dame Shirley Bassey are set to help bring the upcoming BAFTAs alive as the star is due to perform one of her Bond theme classics as part of the awards show extravaganza.

And 85-year-old Dame Shirley is due to be something of a jewel in the crown of the night’s events – which will take place on Sunday 13 March at the Royal Albert Hall – as she will take to the stage to belt out one of her iconic Bond songs to mark 60 years of the spy-themed franchise.

Dame Shirley performed three of the past Bond themes – Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker – but show insiders are keeping their own mouths firmly closed over which of the songs the Welsh wonder will perform on the night.

Below two videos where Dame Shirley speaks about her James Bond songs and a video from 10 years ago in honour of 50 years  James Bond.

FROM THE ARCHIVE 541 -1987

The year 1987: Shirley Bassey was at a diamond auction in Geneva and she recorded her big hit The Rhythm Divine with Swiss pop duo Yello, she performed at the Royal Variety Performance that year and of course the wonderful Berlin concert was recorded that year.

New videos on YouTube

Three new videos appeared on YouTube lately. One is a hilarious interview of Sharon Osborne backstage with Dame Shirley Bassey (or rather more an attempt to) at the Queens’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 Golden Jubilee. Two others from the Ed Sullivan Show that can be downloaded from iTunes. One from 1960 and one from 1967. The Party’s Over & Don’t Rain On My Parade