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If you go away

As a follow up on the last blog’s theme here the remix-version of     ‘If you go away’
Along with a great interview from 1997 with Dame Shirley for the     M & S magazine and some great concert pictures that Jean‘s sister Audrey sent us. Thanks Audrey! Unfortunately we don’t know where or when the pictures were taken. So if there is anybody who knows, please let us know.
It is almost a year ago now since we lost our beloved friend Jean.

P.S: Susan wrote:

Hi Pieter 
Those photos of Shirley on today’s Blog are from the opening night of the 2000 UK Tour, which I believe was Bournemouth? She’s clutching the yellow ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ Beatles TY beanie bear I gave her!!!!!!!! 
Susan xxx
Thanks Susan!



On the Paul O’Grady show Dame Shirley Bassey mentions the George Gershwin song ‘Summertime’ as being her ‘party piece’.

Here is a live version of the song. Probably recorded in 2002 by Jean at the ‘Liverpool ‘Pops’


Lyrics Summertime:

And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

So your daddy’s rich
And your ma is good lookin’
So hush little fellow
Don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But till that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mamma standing by


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How insensitive

Hello everyone! Just to let you know that I am  on holiday for a few weeks.  So the blog will be a bit quieter that usual. I will be returning the end of November. I will try to make a post on the blog occasionally but I am sure there will be lots of new and exciting things going on within the next few weeks with the Roundhouse Performance and the new and exciting CD being released. For those who have tickets for the Roundhouse Electric Proms: I hope you all enjoy the concert. Unfortunately I won’t be able to go because of my vacation, which was planned a long time ago. Pieter.

P1010062aEmma and ShirleyHere is a short report of my vacation from 1979. I was in Sardinia and found Shirley’s second home there. A part of the 1972 special “All about Shirley” was recorded here. It was very beautiful and the moment I arrived  “How insensitive”  was played on the local Italian radio-station. It is my all time favourite Shirley Bassey song and it made me feel very happy that it was played on the radio right at that moment. I was even able to record it on tape but unfortunately there was no announcement about Shirley, but there were a few jingles after the song. Here is the song and the jingles.



The Novaks named the house “Tiger Bay”.  




 From the 1979 BBC show Shirley singing: “How insensitive”.

Michael Ball


Dear viewers of the blog.

ALW 1993I will be away for a few days to London to see Michael Ball performing at the Royal Albert Hall. Here a performance from Shirley on the Michael Ball show from September 7th. 1994. First Shirley sings “With one look” from the album “Shirley Bassey sing the songs of Andrew LLoyd Webber” after that Shirley and Michael in a duet “When I fall in love”  from  Nat King Cole . I wish everybody a good weekend and I hope you enjoy this performance, until next week: Pieter.







And a knock-out performance from Shirley at the Royal Albert Hall, one we never get tired of:

Another great picture from Shirley at the Royal Albert Hall (1984)

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Shirley singing “Nobody does it like me” (and drink a hot CUP of tea)

rah 1984