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Dame Shirley Bassey from The Palladium: Almost Like Being In Love/This Can’t Be Love. Looking fabulous and sounding GREAT.

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From yesterday’s One Show

 

Queen On A Throne!

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This picture was included in the cover of the 1971 album “Something else” and it was also issued as a huge poster that you could find in a lot of stores during the seventies. In those day posters were very popular.
Shirley included the throne scene in her performance from 1972 at the Talk of the town. Here you see some great black and white photo’s from a concert she did in Düsseldorf (Germany) from 1973.
(From Rien’s collection)

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Shirley Bassey starts her tour in Düsseldorf:

A full house, the Rheinhalle in Düsseldorf on Monday night the 19th. of March 1973 and an ovation that lasted for a few minutes.
Opening night for the British show star SHIRLEY BASSEY. “The tigress from Wales” had the audience eating out of her hand.

She is  not doing just a show, she is the show and has it in the tips of her red fingernails.
To hear a roaring voice is already a treat which can only be overruled by seeing the dark-skinned and sexy performer live in action.
She makes music with her body and she does it so perfectly that you are asking yourself what the 18 piece orchestra is doing behind her. On the other hand the star and the orchestra are so tuned in that it looks like they have always been performing together.
“Bassey the best” understands what it means to ‘sell’ her music.
Sentimental songs like “Something” from George Harrison and “This is my life”, she performs them in a very expressive way.
And she explodes formally when she does Big Band-songs.

She plays with all the temperament and sex her voice has to offer and overwhelms her opening night-audience until they begged for more. She did the whole concert in one go and it got to a certain point where she violated her microphone so much that it gave up.
That was not a problem for the Welsh singer. She told the orchestra to tone down the sound and she continued without a microphone under a loud applause.

FROM THE ARCHIVE 461 -1977

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You Take My Heart Away was recorded for the 1977 album You Take My Heart Away and is from the soundtrack of the movie ‘Rocky’ which came out in 1976. The words and the music are written by Bill Conti. Below two videos with live versions of the song. One is from a 1979 BBC show and the other is  from a concert in Sydney from 1978.

CLICK HERE for an interesting article about the song.

(Part of the article): The UK proved to be a legacy music home for the Rocky ballad when a year after its release Welsh singer Shirley Bassey recorded “You Take My Heart Away” as the title track of her 22nd studio album. Bassey, whose powerful voice was behind the themes of three James Bond films, dramatically changed the tenor of the song to a pop style that served as the opening number during her ’70s-era concerts.

Lyrics:

Touch me,
take me in your arms,
shelter me from harm,
let me love you for a million years or more,
I never felt this way before,
before your kiss,
you take my heart away, away.

Love me, love me from your heart,
let us never part,
bring me all the dreams you thought would never be,
we’ll make them all reality,
just you and me,
you take my heart away, away.

You’re my dream come true,
baby I love you,
I confess I need ya,
I will never leave you alone,
oh I love you true,
my whole world is you,
I confess I need ya,
and I will never leave you alone.
You take my heart away, away.

Touch me,
take me in your arms,
shelter me from harm,
let me love you for a million years or more,
I never felt this way before,
before your dreams,
you take my heart away, away.

Love me, love me from your heart,
let us never part,
bring me all the dreams you thought would never be,
we’ll make them all reality,
just you and me,
you take my heart away, away.

You’re my dream come true,
baby I love you,
I confess I need ya,
I will never leave you alone,
oh I love you true,
my whole world is you,
I confess I need ya,
and I will never leave you alone.
You take my heart away, away.

You take my heart away, away.