In 1994 a five CD box-set was released with a bonus CD of the previously unreleased full lenght recording of Shirley’s 1964 Carnegie Hall concert. Shirley was 27 at the time and it was her debut concert at Carnegie Hall.
Here is a wonderful song from that CD called: I’m A Fool To Want You.
Shirley Bassey recorded this love ballad, ‘I’m A Fool To Want You’ in 1968 as one of the tracks on her Album, ’12 Of Those Songs.’ Sean Connery wrote the cover notes for this EMI/Columbia LP and regarding this song he writes, “Bassey is at her superb best!”
This song has also been included on several of Shirley’s compilation CDs, including (1989) ‘I’m In the Mood For Love, and (1994) Collection, ‘Bassey – The EMI/UA Years 1959-1979. In addition, Shirley’s 1964 live recording at Carnegie Hall is also something special to hear!
Frank Sinatra, is one of the greatest male vocalists of his day, and most would say, of any day! But, many of you might not know that Frank was also an accomplished song writer. Well, Frank along with Joel S Herron, and Jack Wolf, wrote this wonderful song. And, over the years, Shirley has recorded several of Frank’s songs, but this relatively obscure song is my favorite.
It is a well known fact that Frank and Shirley were friends and they knew each other going back to the early to mid-60’s when both were performing in Las Vegas.
Frank has said of Shirley that she has the greatest (vocal) pipes in the world. And Shirley has said of Frank: “Frank had the most unusual voice – it was like an instrument, he could hold a note for so long. He was my idol and I learned so much from him. On stage he was magic!”
This song was written in 1951, and many believe this was Frank’s paradoxical homage for his love to Ava Gardner whom he was married to at the time.
Special thanks to Pablo Aharonian for the Ava Gardner pictures
In 1978 Shirley Bassey celebrated her 25th. year in show business.
She signed her first contract in december 1953.
Here is a copy of that first contract. Click on the contract to see and hear Shirley’s comment.
A newspaper article from 1978 about Shirley celebrating her 25th. anniversary. Shirley got the party started but took the celebrations a bit too serious and was arrested in London.
Shirley arriving and leaving the court
In 1978 a double- LP was released with 40 of Shirley’s greatest hits
The album was on of her best-selling albums and Shirley received golden discs for it in several countries, also in Holland at her concert in Rotterdam in 1980. (A day after the Amsterdam concert, which was broadcast on TV). I had a chance to meet her after the concert with only one picture left on my film and I made this one of Shirley with the gold disc. It was great to meet her and she was very happy and relaxed. I remember using a very high sensitive film because I did not want to bother Shirley with the flashlight during the concert. When I took the picture I said: “Thank you very much” and Shirley still posing for the picture said: “But there was no flash!”
This is the concert programme for the 25th. anniversary tour with an autograph from Arthur Greenslade, Shirley’s musical director at the time.
For the video the song Make The World A Little Younger one of the songs on the 25th. anniversary album. originally from the album “Never never never”. Shirley recorded it for one of her 1979 BBC shows but it was rejected probably because something went wrong with the sound. The song was written especially for Shirley and we had a message from Sam McReynolds saying: ” My grandmother Karen O’Hara and grandfather Denny McReynolds wrote this song for Shirley Bassey. It is beautiful and I absolutely love it, she did a great job of singing it.”