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DSB at Royal Ascot

In the intro of The Graham Norton show we see a picture of Dame Shirley Bassey with a feathered hat. I found a video of this event which was at Royal Ascot in 1999. Dame Shirley Bassey was a few times at Ascot and the last time was in 2011. CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE  for the posts from 2011

Ascot Racecourse is a famous English racecourse, located in the small town of Ascot, Berkshire, used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 9 of the UK’s 32 annual Group 1 races, the same number as Newmarket. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family, being approximately six miles from Windsor Castle, and owned by the Crown Estate.

Ascot today stages twenty-five days of racing over the course of the year, comprising sixteen Flat meetings held in the months of May and October. The Royal Meeting, held in June, remains a major draw, the highlight being the Ascot Gold Cup. The most prestigious race is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes run over the course in July.

Royal Ascot Royal Ascot is one of the world’s most famous race meetings, and dates back to 1711. The Queen attends the meeting, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage. It is a major event in the British social calendar, and press coverage of the attendees and what they are wearing often exceeds coverage of the actual racing. The Royal Enclosure has a strict dress code—male attendees must wear full morning dress including a top hat, whilst ladies must not show bare midriffs or shoulders and must wear hats. Outside the Royal Enclosure the dress code is less severe, but many people choose to wear formal dress anyway. To be admitted to the Royal Enclosure for the first time one must either be a guest of a member or be sponsored for membership by a member who has attended at least four times. This continues to maintain a socially exclusive character to the Enclosure. Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making this Europe’s best-attended race meeting. This leads to a split among racing fans, some of whom are glad to see racing in the spotlight, and getting more attention, while others do not like the meeting despite the quality of racing.

There are 16 Group races on offer, with at least one Group One event on each of the five days. The Ascot Gold Cup is on Ladies’ Day on the Thursday. There is over £3,000,000 of prize money on offer.

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James Bond -A View To A Kill-

Below my last post for the next two weeks as I will be on holiday. Hope you enjoy it.

In 2019 the next James Bond film will be released and it looks like this time Beyonce is going to sing the theme song. For an article from Daily Mail about it CLICK HERE As we know Dame Shirley Bassey is the only singer who got to sing three James Bond themes and according to the article she is the only one that there was no controversy about and nobody could compete with her.

Today we will review the James Bond Album Shirley Bassey recorded it 1987:

In 1987 Shirley Bassey recorded a CD with James Bond tunes. All re-recordings of Bond songs, also including the three tracks Shirley Bassey had performed on the original soundtracks previously.

The recording session for this album was in 1987, shortly after The Rhythm Divine and it should have taken one week. The album was due for release 1987 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of “Dr No”.

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01. A View To A Kill
02. Nobody Does It Better
03. From Russia With Love
04. We Have All The Time In The World
05. You Only Live Twice
06. Diamonds Are Forever
07. Live And Let Die
08. Moonraker
09. For Your Eyes Only
10. All Time High
11. Thunderball
12. Goldfinger

The “Woman” magazine from June 27th, 1987 (with Shirley Bassey on the cover) contained an interview with Shirley Bassey and wrote: … Now Shirley is back on form and has just recorded an album of Bond songs to celebrate 007’s 25th anniversary this month. “I jumped at the opportunity” she says “I loved doing Goldfinger again. We slowed it up and now it’s got more bite, it’s a little more sinister”. “Diamonds are Forever is more sexy and Moonraker is prettier than it was, it’s much gentler. There wasn’t the freedom before because we were locked into a tempo to keep pace with the movie credits. Now I’ve been able to phrase them the way I want to.”

In the “Record Mirror” from August 22nd, 1987 (also with Shirley Bassey on the cover) was an article about “The Rhythm Divine” and her return to the charts, but then they also talked about the Bond songs: Amazingly it turns out that Shirley was also to have sung the theme to Thunderball until it was given to Tom Jones. She recently recorded an entire album of Bond themes but amazingly hasn’t yet found a record company to release it… Right now, Shirley says she’d like to record “all these contemporary songs and do them on an album”. She stresses that she wants “something I can relate to. You know, like I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner. Now, that’s wonderful.” It’s remarkable that this had been written more than three years before the Foreigner-song has been released on the album Keep The Music Playing.

These articles show that Shirley Bassey originally liked the songs and wanted to publish the album. She even plugged it on “Live At The Palladium” on May 3rd, 1987 when she mimed to “A View To A Kill” and did a Bond-medley.

But eventually Shirley Bassey decided not to publish the recording. I don’t know exactly when and why this decision has been taken, but I heard that she did not like the “husky” quality of her voice. The singing is sometimes even embarrassing, like the warm-up in the wardrobe before a concert. Another problem is simply that not all Bond songs are suited to Shirley Bassey, and that her three original songs are much better in other versions.

But it’s especially the orchestral backing and the recording quality which is very poor – it sounds like it has not been completed. Actually there’s no orchestra, only a cheap one-man synthesizer-keyboard accompaniment. You can’t believe that Shirley Bassey shall have sung along this “music” and liked it (maybe it has been played later over the recording of the vocals).

Five years after the recording in 1992, the album was released regardless and Shirley Bassey took legal action against these releases, so they have now been withdrawn and are very hard to find now.

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Additionally in 1992 an official collection of James Bond songs had been released The Best Of James Bond – 30th Anniversary Limited Edition.

A new album “Bassey Sings Bond” with new recordings of Bond songs was due to be released at the end of 2002, this time with the full approval of Dame Shirley Bassey, however this album was never released as a result of a dispute over the recording. The album was removed from the schedule and I am lead to believe that the masters have now been destroyed.

Shirley Bassey Sings The Bond Collection
Album 1992

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 Also Released As Bassey Sings Bond: 1992

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Bernard Ighner dies at the age of 72

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Today we heard the sad news that Bernard Ighner American jazz singer, musician, songwriter and record producer died at the age of 72 on August 14.

In 1974 he wrote the fabulous song Davy for Dame Shirley’s album Nobody Does It Like Me and they did the song as a duet on the album. The song was also released as a single.

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For a previous post where he speaks about his working relationship with Shirley Bassey CLICK HERE

For the post about the duet CLICK HERE

DSB at Elvis Concert -1969-

Recently a new Elvis Presley DVD was released with footage never shown before. On the DVD an interview with Dame Shirley before an Elvis Concert in 1969.

For a previous post about Elvis CLICK HERE

For another previous post about Elvis from Peggy’s blog CLICK HERE

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