Category Archives: Bassey Archive

FROM THE ARCHIVE 454 -1966-

In 1966 Shirley Bassey recorded her first album for United Artists Records called I’ve Got A Song For You. (in the US the album was called Shirley Means Bassey) The album was recorded in the US.

1966 - I've Got A Song For You

1966 AR NMEBassey29thApril (blog)

Other releases that year:

Vinyl Single: The Liquidator/Sunshine
Vinyl Single: Don’t Take The Lovers From The World/Take Away
Vinyl Single: Who Could Love Me?/Give Him Your Love
Vinyl Single: Shirley/Who Could Love Me?
Demo recording for Oliver never released: He Lives In A World Of His Own? Who The Hell

1966 AS NMEBassey29thJuly (blog)

1966 C NMEBassey27thMayA3Cover (blog)

1966 CY (blog)

1966 BL

1966 BW RMBassey3rdSept (blog)

1966 BQ NMEBassey27thMay2

FROM THE ARCHIVE 453 -1965-

The year 1965 saw the release of the albums Shirley Stops The Shows. (The USA Release was called Shirley Bassey Belts The Best!) and the Live At The Pigalle album (which was called in the USA Live In Person)

Vinyl Single: No Regrets/Seesaw Of Dreams
Vinyl Single: It’s Yourself/Secrets
Vinyl Soundtrack Album: The Liquidator.Contains the following by Shirley Bassey
The Liquidator (title theme) My Liquidator (end title)

That year there was also a dispute about Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang the title song for the James Bond movie Thunderball that was out that year. Below some newspaper articles about that.

1965 AE

1965 BG NMEBassey3rdDec

1965 BV NMEBassey22ndOct

1965 DI

Shirley Bassey’s row
over ‘Mr, Kiss Kiss’:
No hurry, say judges

The hearing of an action involving singer Shirley Bassey and the new James Bond film “Thunderball” wil NOT be speeded up, three  Appeals Court judges decided yesterday. The action is being brought against Eon Productions to stop the release of the film unless a song Miss Bassey recorded “Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang.” is included in the title sound track. The British film premiere has been fixed for December 29. Lord Justice Sellers said that if S.V.B. Ltd. suing on behalf of Miss Bassey were right, the remedy would be in damages, and there was no point, in ordering a speedy trial. An injunction against Eon Productions, he said. would create great difficulties. New written evidence by Mr. Albert Broccoli, a director of the company and one of the producers of “Thunderball.” was before the court. Mr. Broccoli said that while it might be technically  possible to incorporate Shirley Bassey’s existing recording of “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” it would not enhance her considerable reputation because it was “artistically unmeritorious.” It was contemplated that if used at all the song would follow a whimsical ending as the end-tunes were being shown .
DRAMATICALLY
In this context, said Mr.Broccoli, both the arrangement of the song and her rendition of it were dramatically in apposite. Mr. Broccoli added that to incorporate the song in the soundtrack would mean reconnaissance the music and reprocessing all the sound in the last reel of the film. The cost of production of “Thunderball” was about £500,000 and a delay in distribution and exhibition would incur interest charges on that sum.

Shirley Bassey giving a farewell song to Liverpool football players on the evening of their departure to Milan for a European Cup game. With Ron Yeats on piano, the team sang one of Shirley's numbers, 'As long as he needs me' 10th May 1965.
Shirley Bassey giving a farewell song to Liverpool football players on the evening of their departure to Milan for a European Cup game. With Ron Yeats on piano, the team sang one of Shirley’s numbers, ‘As long as he needs me’ 10th May 1965.

FROM THE ARCHIVE 452 -1964-

The year 1964 was a very significant year for Shirley Bassey. It was the years her biggest hit Goldfinger was recorded and the birth of her second daughter Samantha.

A concert was recorded at Carnegie Hall on 15 Feb 1964 But it was only published in 1994 on the compilation CD Bassey – The EMI/UA Years 1959 – 1979

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1964 DK

Other recordings were:

Vinyl Single: My Special Dream/You
Vinyl Single: Gone/Your Love
Vinyl Single: Who Can I Turn To?/To Be Loved By A Man
Vinyl Soundtrack Album/CD Soundtrack Goldfinger James Bond Movie. Contains theme by Shirley Bassey: Goldfinger
Vinyl Single: Goldfinger/Strange How Love Can Be
Vinyl Single: Now/How Can You Believe?

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1964 AM

FROM THE ARCHIVE 451 -1963-

Today a few newspaper articles from 1963. he year I (who Have Nothing) was recorded and became a hit. For a previous post about this great song and the sheet music CLICK HERE

1963
EP Album In Other Words ….
With Geoff Love and his Orchestra:
In Other Words (Fly Me To The Moon)
Just One Of Those Things
It’s Magic
The Song Is You

Vinyl Single What Kind Of Fool Am I?/Till

Vinyl Single I (Who Have Nothing)/
How Can You Tell?

Vinyl Single Puh-Leeze! Mister Brown/
The Wayward Wind

1963 AA NMEBassey1stMarch

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1963 AC NMEBassey30thAugP

1963 AE NMEBassey27thSept

1963 AF NMEBassey26thJuly2