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Dame Shirley Bassey at the John Barry tribute -2011-

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(Special thanks to Peter for the scan)

Composer John Barry remembered at memorial concert (By Neil Smith) Arts reporter, BBC News.

Friends and fans of the late film composer John Barry have celebrated his life and career at a memorial charity concert.

Dame Shirley Bassey was among the performers at the event, held at the Royal Albert Hall in central London.

The musician, best known for his work on Born Free and the James Bond films, died in January aged 77.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed selections from a host of Barry scores.

Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson opened the tribute, remembering the composer as “a great man of music”.

Barry, he said, had “an intuitive understanding of how to create the perfect union of music and the moving image”.

Those sentiments were echoed by Sir Michael Caine, who appeared via video message to salute “one of the all-time greats”.

“John was one of my oldest and closest friends,” the actor continued, reliving the night he had stayed with the erstwhile bandleader only to be kept awake by him working on one of his most famous compositions.

“I was the first person in the world to hear Goldfinger,” the veteran star recalled. “And I heard it all night.”

Lyricist Don Black remembered Barry as a proud Yorkshire man who remained so, despite living in the US for much of his life.

“I like to say John put the York in New York,” said Black, whose collaborations with the multiple Oscar-winner included the title song from 1966’s Born Free.

The concert also featured excerpts from some less familiar Barry scores, among them music from 1965 comedy The Knack… And How To Get It.

Inevitably, though, it was Barry’s contributions to the Bond series that took precedence at an event attended by several members of the so-called “007 family”.

These included Bond producer Michael G Wilson, Goldfinger’s Shirley Eaton and actress Samantha Bond, who played Miss Moneypenny from 1995 to 2002.

David Arnold, who wrote the music for the last five Bond films, produced the programme with Barry’s widow Laurie and also performed.

The celebrated composer was awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to music.

“John would love to know you were here for him,” said Sir George Martin, declaring that his friend had had “an unerring instinct for what a film needed”.

His tribute followed a ‘Bond Suite’ featuring music from Thunderball, From Russia with Love, You Only Live Twice and others that brought the audience to its feet.

The most sustained applause was saved for Dame Shirley as she took to the stage near the end of the evening to belt out the theme tunes to Diamonds are Forever and Goldfinger.

All profits from the concert will benefit the newly established John Barry Scholarship for Film Compositio, at the Royal College of Music, London

Shirley Bassey & John Barry with the gold disc for Goldfinger

Below some pictures from super fan Julie made at the Royal Albert Hall

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History Repeating (with the Propellerheads)

Today everything there is to know about History Repeating with the Propellerheads . Below a video where the Propellerheads  speak about how they persuaded Dame Shirley Bassey to record History Repeating with them, also the recording of the video plus the actual video itself.

(Special thanks to Rien for the clip)

The Propellerheads featuring Miss Shirley Bassey.
Written by Alex Gifford.

Released in 1997 on The Propellerheads’ album Decksandrumsandrockandroll, with vocals by Shirley Bassey for this song. Three different mixes were released on the History Repeating Singles. The song is also on the 2000 collection The Greatest Hits – This Is My Life and on the 2003 album`” Thank you for the Years.”

The song is also on the soundtrack album of the film There’s Something About Mary from 1998, and is used by Jaguar for its S-Type car TV commercial. The tune was used as the theme for the UK Channel Four chat show “So Graham Norton”, Graham Norton’s former chat show.

On the sleeve note from the History Repeating Singles Shirley Bassey is thanked for ‘being up for it’ and Chris Lawson is thanked for recording ‘Miss Bassey’s Splendour’.

This song was wonderfully performed live during the Thank you for the Years Tour 2003, and has also been performed at many live shows and on a BBC television and radio special.

Originally it had been announced that a remix of this song by the Propellerheads would be on The Remix Album…Diamonds Are Forever, but it wasn’t. Remixes do exist, but only on DJ CDs.

Some information about the making of the History Repeating music video is on the video and DVD Divas Are Forever. There you will see that it took several hours to film and that Shirley had problems with the shoes.

Lyrics History repeating:

The word is about, there’s something evolving
Whatever may come, the world keeps revolving
They say the next big thing is here
That the revolution’s near
But to me it seems quite clear
That it’s all just a little bit of history repeating

The newspapers shout a new style is growing
But it don’t know if it’s coming or going
There is fashion, there is fad
Some is good, some is bad
And the joke is rather sad
That its all just a little bit of history repeating

And I’ve seen it before
And I’ll see it again
Yes I’ve seen it before
Just little bits of history repeating

Some people don’t dance, if they don’t know who’s singing
Why ask your head, it’s your hips that are swinging
Life’s for us to enjoy
Woman, man, girl and boy
Feel the pain, feel the joy
And side step the little bits of history repeating

Just little bits of history repeating
And I’ve seen it before
And I’ll see it again
Yes I’ve seen it before
Just little bits of history repeating



And now from CNN: Shirley Bassey rehearsing at Carnegie Hall -1989-

Today I would like to share a video and a newpaper article with you from 1989. It was the year when DSB recorded her Spanish album called ‘La Mujer’. As you know I am an avid video collector and for the last few weeks I have been going through my friend Rien’s video tapes. I spend many hours going through video tapes and it is aways a thrill to find a new piece of footage like this one. Unfortunately the video tapes that are between 20 and 30 years old are really in decline now. This video has a poor quality too unfortunately because of its age but I thought I was worth sharing with you anyway because it is so unique. It is a recording from CNN (Showbizz today). So if there are any fans who still have old video tapes please send them to us and I will scan them for new footage. We have a huge archive now of videos and sometimes I also find things we already have in a better quality.

I hope you enjoy it. (with special thanks to Rien)

Dame Shirley Bassey AT THE CLASSIC BRIT AWARDS -2011-


DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY took to the stage at the Classic Brit  Awards on Thursday (12May 2011) to pay tribute to late JAMES BOND composer JOHN  BARRY.

Barry, who wrote theme tunes for 11 Bond films including From Russia with  Love and You Only Live Twice, suffered a fatal heart attack in January (11) –  and he was posthumously honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music  prize during the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Actress Virginia McKenna and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall were on hand  to present the award, which was accepted by Barry’s lyricist pal Don Black.

Dame Shirley joined the tribute by performing the Barry title song she  recorded for the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger.

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