Book

I was searching the internet for information regarding a vinyl album by Shirley set to be released next month when I noticed something about a book on a German site. I do not speak or understand German but I could make out it was a book simply called ‘Shirley Bassey’ by Harry Lime.

I started to search and eventually found it on Amazon UK. It stated it was paperback with 82 pages and cost £10.60 which I thought expensive for a small book. They had one copy in stock and so I decided to send for it. It promptly arrived the next day.

Although it is nothing spectacular and there is really nothing new in it I am glad I bought it. There is a short biography and then lists of some television shows. This is followed by awards and achievements, a bibliography and then discography. This takes us up to page 44 and then the rest of the pages are photos in both colour and black/white. Although I still think. it is expensive for what it is I am pleased I got it. Amazon states more copies are on the way.

Below is the front and the rear of the book.

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(How Do You) Keep The Music Playing?

Today an interview from AM TV from 1990 with a very glamorous Shirley Bassey about her new song and album at the time (How Do You) Keep The Music Playing? plus the videoclip of How Do You Keep The Music Playing?

Music written by Michel Jean Legrand and lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman.

Released in 1990 on single and in 1991 on the album Keep The Music Playing. A great video with Shirley Bassey was produced for this song. Shirley Bassey has performed this song live in many shows and concerts, for example on her tours in 2000 and on the Stately Homes Tour 2001.

Previously sung by Tony Bennett. On the left there is a picture of Shirley Bassey together with Tony Bennett at the Royal Variety Show (November 27, 1994).

This song had also been sung by: James Ingram in 1983, and Frank Sinatra in 1984.

This song is from the romantic comedy movie “Best Friends” in 1982: Lovers as well as collaborators, scriveners Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) who have lived and worked together for many years decide to make their union legal. Predictably enough, they discover that their relationship goes straight downhill after they say “I do.” It causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being “best friends.” The film contains a shower scene which was notorious at that time. Some say that “Best Friends” is autobiographical, because this story of a male-female screenwriting team was written by real-life married scenarists Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin.

This song was nominated for an Academy Award 1982 as Best Song.

Lyrics:
How do you keep the music playing?
How do you make it last?
How do you keep the song from fading too fast?
How do you lose yourself to someone and never lose your way?
How do you not run out of new things to say?
And since you know we’re always changing how can it be the same?
And tell me how year after year you’re sure your heart will fall apart
each time you hear his name?

I know the way I feel for you is now or never
The more I love, the more that I’m afraid that in your eyes I may not see forever, forever

If we can be the best of lovers yet be the best of friends
If we can try with every day to make it better as it goes
With any luck than I suppose
The music never ends

I know, the way I feel for you is now or never
The more I love, the more that I’m afraid that in your eyes I may not see forever, forever

If we can be the best of lovers yet be the best of friends
If we can try with every day to make it better as it goes
With any luck than I suppose
The music never ends

(Transcribed by Roman)

Programme 1997 -Carnegie Hall-

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DSB on The Big Breaksfast

In (December) 1993, a very busy year for Dame Shirley, she was on The Big Breakfast with Paula Yates and here you can watch the video. 

Paula Yates was a Welsh TV-celebrity in Britain, as famous for her high-profile romances and personal problems as for her professional talents. She grew famous in the 1980s as a saucy host and presenter on TV’s The Tube and later on The Big Breakfast, where she interviewed celebrity guests in bed.

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