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DUETS # 44

Today the last duet. A duet Dame Shirley Bassey did with Paloma Faith on Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, which was composed by Jule Styne with lyrics by Leo Robin, for the Broadway musical Gentlemen Prefer Blonds . The song was introduced in the musical by Carol Channing. The song was released on the album from 2014 Hello Like Before.

The French are glad to die for love
They delight in fighting duels
But I prefer a man who lives
And gives expensive jewels
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend
A kiss may be grand but it won’t pay the rental
On your humble flat or help you at the automat
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end
But square-cut or pear-shaped
These rocks don’t loose their shape
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Tiffany’s
Cartier
Talk to me Harry Winston
Tell me all about it
There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyer
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend (you bet)
There may come a time when a hard-boiled employer
Thinks you’re awful nice but get that ice or else no dice
He’s your guy when stocks are high
But beware when they start to descend
It’s then that those louses go back to their spouses
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
I’ve heard of affairs that are strictly platonic
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend
And I think affairs that you must keep liaisonic
Are better bets if little pets get big baguettes
Time rolls on and youth is gone
And you can’t straighten up when you bend
But stiff back or stiff knees
You stand straight at Tiffany’s (Tiffany’s)
Diamonds
Diamonds
I don’t mean rhinestones
But diamonds are a girl’s best
Best friend
How was that for you?
I’m going to hate Samuel’s

Duets # 43

Today the  duet from november 2009 Dame Shirley Bassey did with Dizzee Rascal at the Children In Need concert at the Royal Albert Hall that year. Not only did she look and sound fabulous but it looks like is really enjoying herself (and so is the audience). 

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Special thanks to Dave Spencer for the pictures above

Duets # 42

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For this blog we I have the duet Dame Shirley did with Dame Edna on the 2007 ‘Dame Edna Show’. 

Special thanks to Andre for the sheet music

DUETS # 41

Today the wonderful duet Dame Shirley Bassey did with Bryn Terfel at the 2006 Faenol Festival.

Opera star Bryn Terfel set up the Faenol Festival in his native North Wales in 2000, to showcase some of the best of classical, opera and pop music.

The festival, held on the Faenol Estate in Gwynedd across the August bank holiday weekend until 2008, ran into financial difficulties and both the 2009 and 2010 festivals were cancelled at short notice. There is no festival planned for 2011, but Bryn Terfel has not ruled out the possibility of its return.

Since the first festival in 2000, major guest stars from the worlds of classical and popular music included Boyzone, José Carreras, Renée Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Lesley Garrett, Angela Gheorghiu, Michael Ball, Jamie Cullum, Elaine Paige and Dame Shirley Bassey.

(From Wales Online) As the heavens opened during August Bank Holiday 2006, about 10,000 people were huddled under brollies in a field in North Wales – and they didn’t care a jot about the torrential downpour.

For they were mesmerised by the glamorous diva who was belting out some classic songs on the stage at Faenol Festival.

Wearing a yellow feather-trimmed Julien Macdonald gown, Dame Shirley Bassey dazzled her way through her set for more than an hour. And even as the rain lashed at her, her smile didn’t slip.

“Now I know I’m home in Wales with this bloody rain,” she laughed.

For bass baritone Bryn Terfel – the man behind the festival – it was a dream booking. He was determined to snap up the superstar from the moment he launched his event six years earlier. And after she walked off stage, he declared it one of his “best festivals yet”. Despite the rain.

It had been a rare performance by Dame Shirley in her homeland and that is just one of the reasons why the girl from Tiger Bay is still in demand. She isn’t one of those stars who will appear at the opening of an envelope. She chooses her work projects carefully and she’s never sold out. We haven’t seen her yet losing the plot as she’s locked inside the Celebrity Big Brother house; waltzing with a 20-year-old on Strictly Come Dancing or eating kangaroo’s testicles on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – and I doubt we will any time soon.

Stifyn Parri, managing director of Cardiff-based creative events company and celebrity agency Mr Producer, says: “She has an amazing integrity. She’s from an era gone by, when reality programmes and selling out didn’t exist in the same way.

“And we wouldn’t want to see her on a reality show – the reality of her wouldn’t match the image in our heads. She turns a song into a three-act play but seeing her in a reality show would totally smash that image. There are some people that we want to see only as stars rather than in real life.”