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Dame Shirley Bassey & Dame Joan Collins

Joan Collins with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & the Royal Choral Society, conducted by Louis Clark
Joan Collins with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & the Royal Choral Society,
conducted by Louis Clark

Dame Shirley Bassey and Dame Joan Collins have been good friends since a very young age.

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Joan’s father, Joe Collins, was Dame Shirley Bassey’s first agent and Joan has been married to Anthony Newley, who was the co-writer of one of Shirley’s biggest hits ‘Goldfinger’ and she was there in the studio when Dame Shirley recorded Goldfinger.

 

memo30aAnd… since this is the Video Showcase a video as well. But this time a beautiful song from JOAN! She made a beautiful cover of John Lennon’s IMAGINE in 1982. The song was released as single in the Netherlands and taken from a tribute album for the Beatles with the London Symphony Orchestre.

Okay… So we’ve had many Dallas actors and actresses singing tracks, such as Audrey Landers, Charlene Tilton, Victoria Principal, Patrick Duffyand even good old Larry Hagman, so I guess a single by a Dynasty actor or actress was to be expected. But I never imagined it would be the preposterous proposition of Joan Collins reciting the lyric of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’!

This single was released in 1982 to promote the album ‘The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays The Beatles’. You have to marvel at the sheer strangeness of records sometimes. The B-side is slightly less bizarre, with Roy ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’ Wood singing

Dame Shirey arrives at the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson at the Claridge Hotel in London in 2002
Dame Shirey arrives at the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson at the Claridge Hotel in London in 2002

SAFEWAY PICNIC 2002

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Lyrics:

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as oneImagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

#SeeTheNeed Alistair Morrison’s Photo Booth Experience with Dame Shirley

Celebrated portrait photographer Alistair Morrison: “The Lots of Charity Great Britons dinner was such a wonderful success, a gathering of iconic stars who mingled informally and reminisced about great moments of the past. The highlight for me was sitting in the photo booth with Dame Shirley Bassey and Pierce Brosnan. What a wonderful way to have fun.”

Alistair Morrison Photo Booth

Last year, striking portraits of Dame Shirley Bassey, Barbara Windsor and Neil Morrissey were released by the charity RNIB to mark the launch of its new campaign ‘SEE THE NEED’. The photographs show the celebrities with their eyes closed to raise awareness of the challenges facing people who lose their sight.

Dame Shirley Bassey Alistair Morrison

The charity is campaigning for every eye department in the UK to have access to a sight loss adviser, a specially trained member of staff who can provide practical and emotional support to patients who have just found out they’re losing their sight.

Currently just one in three eye departments in the UK have access to a sight loss adviser and RNIB is warning that patients are being left alone after the devastating news that they’re going blind.

Dame Shirley Bassey said; “As a singer, I need my sight. I’d miss so many things that are going on in the world, like colours, paintings, trees, wonderful buildings, castles. I need to see faces. I need to see the reactions of the people. If I couldn’t see the people, I could not imagine myself singing.”

Barbara Windsor added; “I want to see everything that’s going on, know everything that’s going on, and I’ve always been like that.

“I’d hate not to see, I couldn’t bear that. It must be really hard for somebody to lose their sight; I think it’s about time we started a new campaign to say ‘hey, this is important’”.

Alistair Morrison said; “I’ve been a photographer for 30 years and I’ve used my sight for everything I’ve done. Without it, it would be a completely different world for me. I think it’s essential that people understand that the moment you lose your sight, you’re going to be lost and at that time you’re going to need help. The idea that only one in three hospitals has that support is not right, and it has to change.”

Sight loss advisers offer emotional support and practical advice to people who are losing their sight. They help people understand their eye condition and explain how to take treatment that might prevent further sight loss.

Based in eye clinics and hospitals, sight loss advisers are a vital link to services such as counselling, workplace support and rehabilitation, so that people can adapt to life with sight loss whilst remaining independent.

RNIB is encouraging people to demand support in their area by signing the petition at www.rnib.org.uk/see.

“I Feel 29” – Dame Shirley Reveals Secret To Looking Young and Fabulous!

DSB appeared on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’ show last month and gave some insight into how she maintains her youthful vigour.

Expanded video with preview, introduction and additional footage: