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DSB on the 1971 Tom Jones Show

In 1971 Shirley Bassey was guest star on the Tom Jones Show  (This Is Tom Jones) the third season. During the rehearsals for that show she broke a rib while hitting a high note. On the show she performed three songs: Something, Fool On The Hill and a duet with Tom Jones: With A little Help From My Friends. The show was aired on the first of January 1971. Several of these shows were released on DVD but unfortunately not the one with Shirley Bassey’s performance and there have been lots of legal disputes over these DVD’d for copyright issues.

For this show she wore the famous catsuit and another dress by Douglas Darnell The Gypsy Dress. Below you can find a description of the Gypsy Dress from the 2003 Christie’s catalog.

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Dame Shirley pictured with her musical director Brian Fahey

About the dress Dame Shirley is wearing for this performance:
The gypsy dress:

A flamboyant gypsy-style coat by Douglas Darnell, the full red cloqué silk tissue slit to the waist with flowing train. The hem decorated with bands of white, red and black ribbon and gold sequins. The fitted black velvet bodice trimmed with a deep border of large Swarovski ‘hyazinth’crystals, gold sequins and imitation pearls, with balloon sleeves of gold patterned gauze similarly trimmed at the cuffs.
Douglas Darnell recalled that Dame Shirley wore the gypsy-style coat to open the show on various occasions in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

DSB on the Showbizzquiz

In 1984 Shirley Bassey was the guest star in the Dutch television show “The Showbizzquiz”.
The record- and the television company had a difficult job in persuading her to do the show because she had just finished her big tour in the United Kingdom.
They wanted Shirley to sing Something because it is was her biggest hit in Holland, which she did not want to do. So two representatives flew to London to talk to her. 
On the day of the recording in a studio in Dordrecht Shirley’s plane from Switzerland was delayed and she barely made it to the studios in time.  Shirley sang I Am What I Am and Something in front of the audience to a backing tape while Michael Alexander was directing her from the first row. When the show was broadcast around Christmas later that year, I Am What I Am”  was taken out and If You Don’t Understand replaced it. They wanted to plug If You Don’t Understand because it was her latest single at the time.  (Here you can listen to the extended version). What they actually did was record If You Don’t Understand without the audience and instead of that the crew was used as audience. The Dutch fans who were present in the studio during the recording said that ‘unfortunately’ the performance was flawless and it was all recorded in one take. Of course the fans would have enjoyed it if she had to do it again a few times so they could enjoy Shirley performing a little bit longer. Below is the cover of If You Don’t Understand” and some pictures of Shirley receiving a golden disc for her album I Am What I Am, at the Royal Albert Hall. The album sold 150,000 copies in the first  few weeks and went immediately gold.

The special dance-mix of If You Don’t Understand

Shirley receives her golden disc from a representative of Tower Bell Records at the Royal Albert Hall in London

-With special thanks to John den Outer for the pictures and his contribution to the report-

 

 

DSB live in Yokohama -1990-

A fabulous New Year to all Dame Shirley fans and to the great lady herself!
Let’s start this New Year with a fabulous concert from 1990 in Yokohama.
There are two versions of this concert a short one with Japanese subtitles and an extended version. It has great stereo sound so what better way to start this new year than to turn up the volume to Bassey power and sit back and enjoy!

Tracklist:

  1. Goldfinger/Diamonds Are Forever;
  2. Almost Like Being In Love/This Can’t be Love;
  3. And I Love You So;
  4. Kiss Me Honey, Honey Kiss Me;
  5. Never Never Never;
  6. New York Medley;
  7. I Am What I Am;
  8. When You’re Smiling;
  9. Something;
  10. I (Who Have Nothing);
  11. You Never Done It Like That;
  12. Big Spender;
  13. Hey Jude;
  14. What Now My Love;
  15. The Greatest Love Of All;
  16. For Once In My Life;
  17. This Is My Life;

Tracklist:

  1. Goldfinger/Diamonds Are Forever;
  2. Almost Like Being In Love/This Can’t Be Love;
  3. And I Love You So;
  4. Kiss Honey, Honey Kiss Me;
  5. New York Medley;
  6. When You’re Smiling;
  7. Something;
  8. Big Spender;
  9. Hey Jude;
  10. What Now My Love;
  11. The Greatest Love Of All;
  12. For Once In My Life;

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About the dress Shirley Bassey is wearing for this performance:

Description & Notes
An elegant bias cut stage gown with low-cut back and fitted bodice by Douglas Darnell, the pale lemon silk chiffon ground densely embroidered with pale lemon beads and embellished with clusters of Swarovski aurora borealis crystals and silver bugle beads in a pattern of trailing leaves, the bodice décolleté similarly decorated with a cut-out leaf border, the skirt with flowing train, lined in silver silk tissue.

Weight: approx. 4.5kg.

Photograph courtesy of Dave Spencer.

Sold at Christies, final price £3,200

The photograph illustrated shows Dame Shirley wearing this gown during her performance in a cabaret show at the Hotel Metropole, Birmingham, 1990.

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Merry Christmas!

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The Blog Team wishes everybody a merry Christmas!

We now look back at 2015 when Dame Shirley Bassey and Blake recorded the single The Christmas Song. Below you can watch the video of the song plus behind the scenes footage of the recording of the video. Also Dame Shirley & Blake performing the song on the Graham Norton show that year plus some newspaper articles and Dame Shirley’s Christmas wishes for the Blog viewers.

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