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DSB at the Roundhouse -The BBC Electric Proms- 2009

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Today we showcase Dame Shirley Bassey’s last full concert which was at the Roundhouse in London in October 2009. Below the video which starts with a commercial for the BBC Electric Proms. Originally ‘Apartment’ was cut out but I managed to edit it back in.
Below also newspaper articles about this historic event. I hope you all enjoy it.

Tracklist:

Commercial for the BBC Electric Proms

1. Diamonds Are Forever
2. I’m Still Here
3. Apartment
4. Kiss me Honey Honey Kiss Me
5. Almost There (with Tom Baxter)
6. What Now My Love
7. Big Spender
8. After The Rain (with Richard Hawley)
9. The Lady Is A Tramp
10. The Performance Of My Life
11. As Long As He Needs Me
12. Light My Fire
13. The Girl From Tiger Bay
14. I Am What I Am
15. Goldfinger

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A Night to Remember – DSB at The Jersey Style Awards

On Saturday 24th June, winners of the inaugural Jersey Style Awards in association with Chopard were revealed at a glittering red carpet gala on the Channel Island. A high profile list of honourees included Dame Shirley Bassey who was inducted into the Style Hall of Fame. The celebrities arrived on the island from London by private jet for the prestigious ceremony.

The event’s theme was to celebrate and honour the island’s wealth of culinary, art, retail, leisure, style and heritage organisations from the people who shape its character, personality and individuality as one of the best kept secrets in the British Isles. Local politician Murray Norton said; “This event has been an incredible platform to showcase the best of what Jersey has to offer on a cultural, artistic and stylish level. We are so honoured to have such esteemed guests on our shores and I think the winners showcase that Jersey can indeed punch above its weight globally in delivering first class cuisine, visitor and cultural attractions and luxury adventure.”

Dame Shirley broke into an impromptu performance of Diamonds are Forever as she thanked the organisers for the award.

Quality weekend with this lot.. @bigjldn @julienmacdonald @christian_arno @melissaodabash #dameshirleybassey 🇬🇧👌🏼

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It was a particularly memorable occasion for The Bassey Blog’s dear friend and regular commenter Dennis Welch, whose struggle to get a ticket caught the attention of the local media.

Thankfully a kind-hearted Islander read about his plight and stepped in with a last minute ticket. Speaking to the media at the event, Mr Welch said: “I absolutely love him for what he has done – it means the whole world to me. 24 hours ago I had given up hope, and tonight she sat right near me and I was talking to her.”

Dennis kindly shared with us the photos and video below, adding “I had a fantastic evening that I will never forget, Dame Shirley was radiant. The man in the first picture is John Ovenden, who saw my story in the Jersey Evening Post. He had two VIP tickets for him and his wife Tracey, but she let me have her ticket saying I would enjoy the evening more as I was the island of Jersey’s biggest fan of Dame Shirley Bassey. My gratitude is forever, John took these photos as he is a professional photographer of sea life, dolphins on the island of Jersey and much more.”

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Alternative video footage can be found here and here.

DSB at the opening of the Cardiff Millenium Centre

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Shirley comes home

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Dame Shirley Bassey at a gala at the Cardiff Millenium Centre in 2004 where in 2005 the Royal Variety Performance took place.

Wales Millennium Centre opened in 2004 and has already established its reputation as one of the World`s iconic arts and cultural destinations.  The vision of the Centre is to be an internationally significant cultural landmark and centre for the performing arts, renowned for inspiration, excellence and leadership.

The Centre is one of the most unique and lively performing arts centres in Europe, opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004.  Look beyond the amazing exterior, as featured in Torchwood and Dr Who, and you will come across a bustling atmosphere that makes our visitors want to return time and time again.  We’re so much more than a theatre.  Our visitors come to enjoy blockbuster West End musicals, opera ballet and contemporary dance, hip  hop and stand up comedy, art exhibitions, workshops, training days, free daily foyer performances, guided tours, bars and restaurants….. there really is something for everyone!

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To visit the website of the lovely city of Cardiff CLICK HERE

DSB TALKS ABOUT AVA GARDNER & ‘THE SOMETHING GOWN’

Shirley Bassey talks about her encounter with Ava Gardner and about the “Something” dress

 

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On March 27,1951, during a period of intense personal and professional problems, Frank Sinatra entered the Columbia studios in New York to record “I’m A Fool To Want You” for the first time. It’s a song he more than just help compose; he lived it. Many consider the recording, which is posted here, to be the most emotion-filled performance of his career, or at least the most moving of the song, anyway.
pinup501021avagardner_anthonyfranciosa (2)You hear a youthful, vulnerable Sinatra filled with tremendous sorrow. It was a time in his life he later described as “all Mondays.” His first marriage was essentially over. His career was in a downward spiral and about to crash: within a year’s time Columbia did not renew his recording contract; he was dropped by his talent agency; his TV show was canceled. He was considered, well, finished. Plus, he nearly was broke financially. Oh, then there was his torrid affair with actress Ava Gardner.
tamlinfoto1 (48) Nothing in life wounded Sinatra more than his relationship with her. Their affair was once described as “a two-year soap opera with screaming fights heard around the world.” Sinatra’s intensely passionate and wildly stormy relationship with Gardner–“The Last Goddess” was “the” love of his life–has been well documented. It was one of the most dramatic and heavily reported Hollywood affairs in the early 1950’s. At the time, the two were the rage–and he, the contempt–of every gossip rag.
VENUSKWKWKBut Gardner was the only one who could damage him. And how his love for her left him damaged.
If the reports are true, Sinatra attempted to take his own life on two different occasions to end the severe pain that gripped him over losing Gardner. His need for her was that great.
 

Frank Sinatra’s version of “I’m a fool to want you”

Shirley Bassey’s version of “I’m a fool to want you”

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The Something Dress – a sensational bias cut stage gown by Douglas Darnell, the sleeveless citrus yellow sateen applied with paisley cones embroidered with Swarovski clear crystals, turquoise beads and imitation pearls with strategically placed cut-out shaped sections; with matching voluminous stage coat of citrus yellow velvet, the sleeves, collar and opening trimmed with a deep border of yellow ostrich feathers, the sleeves applied with paisley cones similarly embroidered and scattered with crystals and beads, lined in electric blue silk tissue; and a pair of stiletto heeled sandals, the thin leather straps and heels painted yellow to match the gown; accompanied by a corresponding album Something, United Artists, 1970.

This dress is closely associated with Dame Shirley’s 1970 hit single written by George Harrison, Something. The gown was worn for the photo shoot for the front cover of the United Artists’ album of the same name released that year. In an interview for the BBC Wales television programme I Am What I Am, 1994, Dame Shirley said that she thought this dress was …sexy, without being over the top…. She also recounted a story of wearing the dress on stage in the Empire Room at the Plaza Hotel, New York. When introducing the song I Capricorn she said “I happen to be a Capricorn” and a voice in the audience called out “I’m a Capricorn too”, peering into the crowd she saw that it was Ava Gardner “looking gorgeous”…she said as she wasn’t ringside and couldn’t get to her easily, she hitched up the gown and walked over to her across the tables – defying any man on the way who looked as though he would attempt to touch her flesh through the holes in the dress, not to. Sold at Christies Gown Auction in 2003. Final Price £6,000.

Shirley performing “The lady is a tramp” wearing the “Something”  dress

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A special “thank you” to Pablo Aharonian  for the Ava Gardner pictures