FROM THE ARCHIVE 564 -2010-

In 2010 the John L. Williams biography called Miss Shirley Bassey was released. No matter if you like the book or not the first page of it that you can read below, is certainly catching and attracts the attention of the reader.
Also that year Dame Shirley Bassey presented the Baftas and she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York along Sting, Lady Gaga and Elton John at a benefit for the saving of the rain forest. Below you can also watch a video of Dame Shirley at Buckingham Palace where there was a night organized in honour of Richard Burton.

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/2010_BRIT_Awards_highlights

Göttinnen unsere Zeit Hamburg -Dame Shirley Bassey-

At the beginning of 2013  Dame Shirley Bassey gave her last live performance where she sang more than 2 songs at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and it was just spectacular. Not only did Dame Shirley get a standing ovation at her entrance and exit to the the stage but after EVERY song! Dame Shirley got very emotional because of the wonderful reception she got. 

The voice was in perfect shape and she looked fabulous of course wearing the white gown she also wore for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee concert.

She did 5 songs: Goldfinger, Something, Diamonds Are Forever, The Lady Is a Tramp & I Am What I Am.

The orchestra was fabulous and it must have been great for her to perform with such a large group of great musicians. The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

Below a video of her performance plus the good quality audio

Newspaper article from German newspaper

Wales on line

Hamburger Abendblatt

Here are some pictures:

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Introduction of Dame Shirley
Goldfinger
Something
Diamonds Are Forever

Dame Shirley talks with the audience

The Lady Is A Tramp

Dame Shirley thanks

I Am What I Am

FROM THE ARCHIVE 563 -2009-

The year 2009 was of course the year of THE PERFORMANCE. One of Dame Shirley Bassey’s finest albums! Below you can listen to a wonderful interview with David Arnold about the making of The Performance.

Interview with David Arnold

Shirley Bassey at the Mayfair Club

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Today the review of a song recorded in 1965 that is one of the very favourites of the blog team. It’s Yourself was recorded by Dame Shirley in 1965 and released as a single. The B-side was Secrets. Here you can watch a live performance of the song now from the Mayfair Club in London.

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Shirley Bassey – At The Mayfair Club London – Shindig #83 (1966)

1965/1966 January 1, 1966 TV Appearance on Shindig – Performing at the Mayfair Club in London. This program was pre-recorded in late 1965. This show was Season 2, Episode 32). SONGS Performed: A Lot Of Living To Do, He Loves Me, It’s Yourself. ABOUT Shindig: Shindig! was an American musical variety series which aired on ABC from September 16, 1964 to January 8, 1966. The show was hosted by Jimmy O’Neill, a disc jockey in Los Angeles at the time who also created the show along with his wife Sharon Sheeley and production executive Art Stolnitz. The series first aired for a half-hour every week, but was expanded to an hour in January 1965. In the fall of 1965, the show split into two half-hour telecasts, on Thursday and Saturday nights. Shindig!’s premiere episode was a pilot featuring The Righteous Brothers. Later shows were taped in Britain with The Beatles as the guests. The series featured other “British invasion” bands and performers including Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark, Lulu, Rod Stewart, Herman’s Hermits, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Matt Monroe and Cilla Black. Shindig continued to broadcast episodes from London throughout its run. Many popular performers of the day played on Shindig! including Elvis Presley, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Richeous Brothers, Bo Diddley, Chuck Barry, Johnny Cash, The Supremes, Johnny Mathis, The Mamas and the Papas, Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, Davy Jones, The Four Tops, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys and more.

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Lyrics: It’s Yourself

It’s yourself I love, don’t you know
More than anyone, more than me

When you won my love, don’t you know
What you went and done, don’t you see

If there’s anything I’ve left to give
I’ll give it to you
If there’s any life I’ve left to live
I’ll live it for you

What’s my happiness
What’s my wealth
What’s my everything
It’s yourself

If there’s anything I’ve left to give
I’ll give it to you
If there’s any life I’ve left to live
I’ll live it for you

What’s my happiness
What’s my wealth
What’s my everything

It’s yourself!