Category Archives: Simply Bassey

My Rhythm Divine Story

Today I would like to share with you one of my all-time favourite Shirley Bassey songs, The Rhythm Divine, recorded with the Swiss band Yello.
This incredibly emotional and powerful song was released in 1987 on various different releases but it was on the Canadian 12″ pressing that I discovered one of the most beautiful photos of Shirley Bassey…
From the Canadian LP Pressing
From the Canadian LP Pressing

Unfortunately the picture on the LP was too small to have it enlarged or to have it made into a poster, so one day I had the idea of having a painting commissioned of it. I found a painter in the nearby town of Stuttgart who made a painting of the photo using the picture from the LP. I was so impressed with the result and the painting now hangs above my desk where I can admire it every day…

The painting that hangs above my desk
The painting that hangs above my desk

And here is the wonderful recording of The Rhythm Divine…

Astrid’s Simply Bassey #2

Shirley Bassey – July 1965

And the song for this time is Shirley’s superb recording of “It’s Yourself” (From the 1965 single) – by special request of Michael in memory of his late and dear father…

Astrid’s Simply Bassey #1

Hello and welcome to Astrid’s Simply Bassey, a new section on the Bassey Blog. Some of you may know me already, my name is Astrid and I am German. Although I am from Hamburg in the North of Germany, I now live in Aalen in the South of Germany. I’ve been a big fan of Shirley Bassey for years and I love her voice, passion and style.

Astrid’s Simply Bassey will be an simple and unashamed celebration of Shirley Bassey in pictures and music. I’ll be selecting some of my favourite photographs and songs on a regular basis for you to enjoy. As English not my mother language words will be kept to a minimum (Ed is helping me with this welcome message) and please do excuse any mistakes that I might make. I sometimes joke with friends that when it comes to English I only understand or speak “Shirley English!” 🙂

Those of you who do know me will know that my main passion is collecting videos of Shirley Bassey and I have amassed a huge collection of recordings over the years, many of which my friend and fellow collector Pieter will be featuring on his video section of this blog. I’m always looking to meet new video collectors to swap videos so please feel free to get in touch if you’d be interested in swapping with me.

I hope you will enjoy my postings on this blog. If you have any photos that you’d like me to feature, a favourite song or any suggestion at all please let me know.

… and to start off with some screenshots from an AIDS Gala concert at the Theatre Champs Elysees, Paris in 1987. This video was recently posted on Youtube and I love it.


And the song for today is April in Paris… 🙂