Absolutely lovely! – Record sleeves of the recent past

The design talent behind the cover art of Dame Shirley Bassey’s albums ‘The Performance’ and ‘Hello Like Before’ has delighted us on Instagram with two wonderful galleries.

Design for Dame Shirley Bassey – The Performance I was asked by Geffen Records to come up with ideas for Dame Shirley Bassey’s album, (her first studio recording of original compositions in three decades) and although the final cover is far from what I had initially proposed, I won DSB over on the strength of the crest logo I’d designed which apparently she adored. The original image used on the cover was shot in colour on a white background, DSB in a red outfit, by photographer Mary McCartney (daughter of Sir Paul). After the magic was worked on the image it was featured as Portrait of The Month at the National Portrait Gallery in London. . . . #dameshirleybassey#theperformance#davidarnold#andrewmurabito#musicdesign#graphicdesign#albumcover#singlecover#artdirection#typography#branding#logo#packaging#print#musicpackaging#cdcover#album#albumcover#albumartwork#vinyl#musicartgallery#weartyouldn#weartyoudesign#weartyouworld#weartyou#photography#portraitphotography#nationalportraitgallery#musicphotography#marymccartney#geffen

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Our thanks to Andrew Murabito for sharing these behind the scenes stories and for following/tagging The Bassey Blog.

Andrew told us “I got to meet Dame Shirley at the shoot for the second album I designed and she was absolutely lovely!”

DSB can be found among a great portfolio of Andrew’s works at their We Art You website.

Cheeky boys – kisses all round for bikini’d Bassey!

Last week two classic images were published on Flickr. Taken in 1970 by Terry Daum, the photos show Shirley Bassey in sunny Mallorca.

Bassey sits on a sun lounger wearing a straw hat and two young boys kiss her cheeks while carefully avoiding getting their glasses of cola down her revealing dogtooth bikini top.

Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey

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Dame Shirley has donated a signed pair of high heels to Cornwall Pride

As reported by Cornwall Live, Dame Shirley Bassey has donated a pair of her high heel shoes to raise funds for this year’s Cornwall Pride parade.

A host of celebrities have donated items for an auction. DSB’s is the most sought-after lot, signed by the Goldfinger diva herself, with provenance of her ownership.

Sir Elton John also sent a package of merchandise and Dame Helen Mirren has promised too. A pair of tickets to see Take That star Sir Gary Barlow at the Eden Sessions is also up for grabs when the lots are auctioned at a gala dinner.

The Cornwall Pride parade takes place in Newquay. The community interest company, whose patron is Queen drummer Roger Taylor, works with LGBT groups throughout the county to highlight acceptance and tolerance, and celebrate equality and diversity.


The flamboyant, slippery French Canadian antiques dealer Beau was often pictured with Dame Shirley in later years at various events, however he was viewed with suspicion among Bassey fans and appears to have been absent in recent years.

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