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Duets # 30

Today another duet from the French 1988 TV-show ‘Le grand echiquier’. It is the duet Dame Shirley Bassey does with Charles Trenet. Song: ‘I wish you love’.

Translation of the article above (By Ed, Christophe & Pieter): (With special thanks to Andre for the article)

Will Shirley Bassey sing ‘Stormy Weather’ at ‘Le Grand Echiquier’?

The inimitable performer of ‘Goldfinger’, Shirley Bassey, made the trip to Paris for the ‘Grand Chessboard’: a rare opportunity to see this lady perform some of her immortal melodies live. It is however very likely that we won’t get to hear one of her most famous songs, ‘Stormy weather’. Shirley Bassey confided one day that as just stated in the title, she felt her nerves tense. ‘Stormy Weather’ in fact didn’t bring her any luck. One day in England, she performed this song when an outage plunged the room into darkness and even she was terrified, she had to go on in order not to put the public into panic. Another time, on the same air, her belt broke and she found herself on stage with just a garter belt. Later, she had to share stage with a fire-eater doing his number. She was so impressed by the flames that she repeated the same verse three times without realizing it. Finally, in Melbourne, Australia, the stage production decided that she would make her entry in a large shell which was supposed to open when the music started but the machinery broke completely and Shirley sang ‘Stormy Weather’ from inside the shell! Since then, she does not want to tempt fate. And, if she perfoms ‘Stormy weather’ on  ‘Le Grand Equiquier’, you now know that it will be a true event!

Duets # 29

Now on the blog’s Video Showcase the first duet of many that Dame Shirley did on the French TV-show ‘Le Grand Echiquier’ from 1988.
The first duet is with Michel Legrand ‘What are you doing the rest of your life’. Music written by Michel Legrand. Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman. Released in 1970 on the album Something and in 1971 on a single (with The Fool On The Hill on the A-side). The album has been re-released digitally remastered on CD and this song is available on the CD collection Four Decades Of Song too.

(Translation of the article above)

A black diamond: Shirley Bassey.
Thirty-six gold albums, queen of the blues, the sultry voice – one of the biggest in the world – Shirley Bassey, a Cardiff girl, born to a Nigerian father and a Welch mother, gives the musical show its highest acclaim. In London she is just as famous as in New York, Moscow or Paris, her voice is operatic but has never addressed the (classical) operatic repertoire. To prepare for this evening, Jacques Chancel accompanied Shirley Bassey to Marrakech where she gave a free concert for children with disabilities.
She is an explosive star, shining under the spotlights, but a jealous wife in her private life and it is from the heart that Shirley Bassey performs her greatest hits. Around her: Henri Salvador, who she had given his first chance in Europe. Charles Aznavour, with whom she sang a duet, Charles Trenet, for whom she interprets a song, Michel Legrand, who will bring some improvisations and Placido Domingo, duplex of the Vienna State Opera. Alain Delon will be there too, Herbert Von Karajan, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Alain Fondary, baritone.
Shirley Bassey wanted to meet great musicians and young talents. Jacques Chancel has invited back the two heroes of the previous recital, pianists Brigitte Engerer and Michael Rudy. In remembrance of the triumph of the Bulgarian child violinist Mila Georgieva, a first chance is given to Sarah Rithllock, 11 year old violinist plus 13 year old pianist Caroline Sageman. The big band will be led by Shirley Bassey’s musical director, Peter Tomasso. (Very special thanks to Andre for this article)

Duets # 28

Now the duet Dame Shirley Bassey did with Jimmy Tarbuck on his show ‘After ten with Tarbuck’ in 1988. This TV-performance of the Dame can also be found on the DVD ‘On TV Shirley Bassey’ Unfortunately this duet is not included on the DVD. Probably because of the credits. Song: ‘Hey good lookin’.  

Duets # 27

For this Video Showcase we have the hilarious duet Shirley Bassey did with Freddie Starr on his 1984 show.

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