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Interview USA -1990-

For today we have an interview for you from American TV from 1990 with Dame Shirley Bassey where she speaks about her new album at the time Keep The Music Playing and her tour through the USA. It is from a local New York TV. channel and I think most of you haven’t seen this interview before. It was kindly sent to us by Audrey from her sister Jean’s collection. As a little extra we have added a clip of How Do You Keep The Music Playing recorded at Carnegie Hall

Also a newspaper from Monaco from that same year with the translation below. It is a very nice interview although the French journalist wrote down ‘Kiss me honey, honey kiss me’ as ‘Kiss me money, money’. (maybe a good title for a new song?) Anyway I would like to thank Audrey very much for these great items and I hope you all enjoy this interview.

The ultimate weapon!
 
The voice of Shirley Bassey conquered the Monte Carlo Sporting Club.

After “bomb” Tina Turner, the lion claws all out, here’s a star cat from heaven: insinuating, charming, irresistible. Two incomparable artists who have dominated the summer with their fiery temperament.

Shirley Bassey conquered the public of the Monte Carlo Sporting Club with infinite elegance. Mimicry of star games scene worthy of a great actress. And, above all, a voice that carries everything in its wake. If Shirley has learned all the lessons of Broadway, she was able to add a large pinch of humour. She plays the comedy (very good) and she has the good taste to know that all this is really serious.

JAMES BOND IN A GOWN:

It is cinema! As stated in its first “tube” the smashing success of the original “Goldfinger”. But this means “Bond” all in sequins and rhinestones, cooing, playing divas enamored with consummate skill, being conquered in the audience kindly murderous glances, has the ultimate weapon: her voice! A beautiful volume, a range has to fade, envy, a soprano, a vibrant and stamp, for thirty years she sings, not a scratch, not a flaw! The jet has lost none of its power.

Full of power and finesse, Shirley! As convincing in pianissimi lace only in fortissimi in C major. “When You smile”, “New York, New York”, “Something” driver for the room.

FUNNY, TENDER, POIGNANT:

Love, humour, glamour. The romantic drama to comedy music. Poignantly in “I Am What I Am”, or “This is my life”. Infinitely funny “Kiss honey, honey kiss me me” or “Big spender”. The room cheering her with a standing ovation. They kiss her. And for the finale, she envelops the entire audience in a huge coat scene.

The voice of the twenty-eight gold records, sings one last time tonight at the Hall of Stars.

The Fool On The Hill

The Fool On The Hill
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Released January 2nd, 1971 on a single (with What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? on the B-side). The single reached chart position no. 48 in the UK. It was also on the The Shirley Bassey Singles Album in 1975 and in 1978 on the “25th Anniversary Album”. Shirley Bassey performed this song live on The Tom Jones Show in 1971.

The song is available digitally remastered on CD collections, for example on the 1999 re-issue of the 1970 album Something.

Originally this was a Beatles song released first on their album “Magical Mystery Tour” in December 1967. This was the first Lennon & McCartney song by Shirley Bassey, but the first Beatles song had been Something in 1970. In 1968 this song was a place no. 6 in the US Billboard for “Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66” and his album with the title “Fool On The Hill” reached no. 3 in the album charts.

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(From the George Webb collection)

Lyrics:

Day after day
Alone on a hill
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
And he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Well on the way
Head in a cloud
The man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud
But nobody ever hears him
Or the sound he appears to make
And he never seems to notice

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

And nobody seems to like him
They can tell what he wants to do
And he never shows his feelings

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Day after day
Fool on the hill
Day after day
Fool on the hill
Day after day
Fool on the hill
Day after day after day after day after day

(transcribed by Roman)

 

The Monaco Interviews -1990 & 1999-

For this blog I have for you a few interviews (on video and from magazines), that Dame Shirley Bassey gave from her beautiful home in Monte Carlo. We will start today with the video which is from 1999 and an interview for a magazine from 1990 shortly after Shirley moved from Switzerland to Monte Carlo.

Interview from 1990

Interview from 1991

Interview from 1999

For another interesting article from WalesOnline CLICK HERE

DSB’s 70TH. BIRTHDAY PARTY

For today’s blog we are happy to present the video footage of Dame Shirley Bassey’s seventieth birthday party which was held on December 16th. 2007 at Cliveden House  Berkshire near London. With special thanks to Alan from London who provided the video that was broadcast by CNBC.

Special surprise act was singing group Blake. Theme of the party was of course: Let’s get this party started.

It all started with Dame Shirley arriving in true James Bond style by helicopter.

To watch a previous post CLICK HERE and for an interesting article CLICK HERE

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