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All Sold Out Part 2 of 3

 

 

The second part of this rare film features an introduction of the orchestra & Yesterday When I Was Young.

 

By coincidence this song was featured on the recent page about Charles Aznavour.

 

 

Yesterday When I Was Young

Music and original French lyrics written by Charles Aznavour.

English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.

 

Released 1970 on the album Something.

 

Live recordings have been released on the albums:

Live In Japan 1974

Live In Japan 1977

The Birthday Concert

 

The album has been re-released digitally remastered on CD and this song is available on many CD Collections too.

 

Details of this video were given on yesterday’s page.

 

 

Thanks to Steve for these welcome comments:

 

Peggy,

 

I just had to email you, ‘Nobody does it like me’ – that video clip is the best clip of our wonderful Dame that I’ve seen for such a long time, from the guy operating The Royal Albert Hall switchboard to the fantastic gown Shirley is wearing – it’s all excellent. I have to ask – where do people find these clips??

 

Keep up the good work

 

Steve

All Sold Out Part 1 of 3

 

Today I’m pleased to present the first of a trilogy of newly transcribed videos from Pieter (Daanemartina).

 

Three VERY RARE clips

 

from “We’re all Sold out for Miss Bassey”

*****

 

“Hi Peggy,

…A promotion film made by United Artists Records in the early seventies.

I don’t think anyone has even seen these:

 

Part 1 of 3:

 

 

 

It was on film originally, and we had it transformed to DVD by a professional.

 

Hope every fan enjoys there rare videos of our favourite Dame.

 

Warmest wishes from Pieter.”

 

 

 

We’re All Sold Out For Miss Bassey” is a true Shirley Bassey rarity.

 

Produced by United Artists to promote Miss Bassey.

 

The film includes rare backstage and rehearsal footage and a candid interview with Shirley herself. Shirley discusses her nerves before performing, her reaction to the audience and the special relationship she has with them.

 

The following songs are performed: Nobody Does It Like Me, Yesterday When I Was Young & The Greatest Performance Of My Life. These rare performances are electrifying and were recorded at the peak of Shirley’s international stardom.

 Parts 2 and 3 will be added on Tuesday and Wednesday

 

 

 

Nobody Does It Like Me

Music written by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

 

Released in 1974 on the album Nobody Does It Like Me. Live on The Birthday Concert in 1997 and from the same concert on The Diamond Collection. The studio version is available on CD on the collection Diamonds Are Forever. A live video recording has been released on Live In Concert – You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet and on the TV Show DVD A Special Lady.

 

This song is from the Broadway musical “Seesaw”. The premiere was on March 18th, 1973 in the Uris Theatre in New York, and the musical had 296 performances though the show never recouped its investment. “Seesaw” was a two-handed play about a kooky, loveable single girl and her relationship with a strait-laced lawyer.

If you’re interested in the disastrous background of the production read Seesaw on the Dorothy Fields Website.

 

Another song performed by Shirley Bassey composed by the same duo is ‘Hey Big Spender’.

 

 

 

 

Lyrics

 

If there’s a wrong way to do it

A wrong way to play it

Nobody does it like me

 

If there’s a wrong way to do it

A right way to screw it up

Nobody does it like me

 

I’ve got a big loud mouth

I’m always talking much to free

If you go for tact and manners

Better stay away from me

If there’s a wrong way to keep it cool

A right way to be a fool

Nobody does it like me

 

I hear a love song or ballad

I toss like a salad

Nobody tosses like me

 

And when my evenings get tougher

I just take two Bufferin

And drink a hot cup of tea

Last night I met an old acquaintance

At a fancy corner pub

He said: Come on, let’s have some supper

So he used my credit-club

If there’s a wrong way to take a guy

The worst way to make a guy

Nobody does it like me

 

If there’s a wrong bell, I ring it

A wrong note, I sing it

Nobody does it like me

 

If there’s a problem, I duck it

I don’t solve it, I just muck it up

Nobody does it like me

 

As though I try to be a lady

I’m no lady, I’m a broad

And when I talk like I’m a lady

What I sound like is a frog

If there’s a wrong way to get a guy

The right way to lose a guy

Nobody does it like me

 

Nobody does it No, nobody does it

Nobody does it like me

Nobody does it like me

 

(Transcribed by David and Roman)

 

 

About the gown Dame Shirley Bassey is wearing for this show:

 

A sensational stage ensemble by Douglas Darnell comprising: a bias cut gown with fitted bodice, the red silk ground encrusted with ruby red sequins and studded with Swarovski clear crystals, the thin shoulder straps crossed above a low-cut back with two long clear crystal strands terminating in large tassels of vari-coloured crystals, rhinestones and beads, the skirt with flowing train lined in gold silk tissue; with matching voluminous coat of scarlet velvet, the three-quarter length sleeves embroidered with a lattice design of gold sequins infilled with flowerheads of gold beads, imitation pearls, clear and ‘hyazinth’ crystals and iridescent sequins, the collar, sleeves and opening trimmed with a deep border of scarlet feathers, lined in gold silk tissue

 

Weight of gown: approx. 2.5kg.

 

According to Darnell, this gown was originally made to the famous cut-out design and is pictured in this early form on the 1970s album cover Burn My Candle.

Sold at Christies auction 2005.

 

GTPS new video

Enjoy a wonderful new video by Darcellbios…

Good audio and new graphics!

“Keep it coming!”

Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

“Just wanted you to know that I have uploaded to YouTube a clip of Shirley singing ‘Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’.   Many may not be aware that she was first in the running to sing the theme song for the James Bond Movie, ‘Thunderball.”

Regards,

Scot”

 

 

1965: This song, ‘Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ was to be Shirley’s third James Bond Movie Theme, eventually giving her a total of 4 with ‘Moonraker’ but her version seemed a bit playful for a Bond action adventure and so they let Dionne Warwick give it a try with a slightly different orchestral arrangement. In the end, neither artist received the song. Shirley’s good friend and co-patriot, Sir Tom Jones was given the Theme with a new song, ‘Thunderball’ which was the movie title name, and the rest, as they say, is history. After all these years, it is great that Shirley’s version of this fun song has finally been released on one or more of her compilation CDs.

 

A short synopsis: The original main title theme to Thunderball was entitled “Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” which was written by John Barry and Leslie Bricusse. The title was taken from an Italian journalist who in 1962 dubbed agent 007 as Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Barry had thought he couldn’t write a song about a vague “Thunderball” term or the story of the film, so his song was a description of the character of James Bond.

 

The song was originally recorded by Shirley Bassey, but was later rerecorded by Dionne Warwick. Both versions were not released until the 1990s. The song was removed from the title credits after producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were worried that a theme song to a James Bond movie would not work well if the song did not have the title of the film in its lyrics. John Barry teamed up with lyricist Don Black and wrote “Thunderball” which was sung by Tom Jones who, according to Bond production legend, fainted in the recording booth when singing the song’s final, high note. Jones said of the final note, “I closed my eyes and I held the note for so long when I opened my eyes the room was spinning.” Like “Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, the lyrics of “Thunderball” are a description of Bond’s character.

 

(Thank-You for the contributions of Peggy’s Blog, Astrid, Pieter, Ivan, Gary, Rien, Emma, Hank, John, Dave, Nokiaadje, Enrique, Michael, studio production stills, and so many others)

 

SONG LYRICS:

He’s tall and he’s dark,

And like the shark, he looks for trouble,

That’s why the zeroes double,

Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

 

He’s suave and he’s smooth

And he can soothe you like vanilla.

The gentleman’s a killer.

Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

 

Damoiselles and danger

Have filled the stranger’s past.

Like a knife he cuts thro’ life

Like every day’s the last.

 

He’s fast and he’s cool.

He’s from the school that loves and leaves ’em…

A pity if it grieves ’em!

Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’s…not a fool!

 

Oh, damoiselles and danger

Have filled the stranger’s past.

Like the knife he cuts thro’ life

Like every day’s the last.

 

He’s fast and he’s cool.

He’s from the school that loves and leaves ’em…

A pity if it grieves ’em!

Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’s…not a fool!