A Night to Remember – DSB at The Jersey Style Awards

On Saturday 24th June, winners of the inaugural Jersey Style Awards in association with Chopard were revealed at a glittering red carpet gala on the Channel Island. A high profile list of honourees included Dame Shirley Bassey who was inducted into the Style Hall of Fame. The celebrities arrived on the island from London by private jet for the prestigious ceremony.

The event’s theme was to celebrate and honour the island’s wealth of culinary, art, retail, leisure, style and heritage organisations from the people who shape its character, personality and individuality as one of the best kept secrets in the British Isles. Local politician Murray Norton said; “This event has been an incredible platform to showcase the best of what Jersey has to offer on a cultural, artistic and stylish level. We are so honoured to have such esteemed guests on our shores and I think the winners showcase that Jersey can indeed punch above its weight globally in delivering first class cuisine, visitor and cultural attractions and luxury adventure.”

Dame Shirley broke into an impromptu performance of Diamonds are Forever as she thanked the organisers for the award.

Quality weekend with this lot.. @bigjldn @julienmacdonald @christian_arno @melissaodabash #dameshirleybassey 🇬🇧👌🏼

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It was a particularly memorable occasion for The Bassey Blog’s dear friend and regular commenter Dennis Welch, whose struggle to get a ticket caught the attention of the local media.

Thankfully a kind-hearted Islander read about his plight and stepped in with a last minute ticket. Speaking to the media at the event, Mr Welch said: “I absolutely love him for what he has done – it means the whole world to me. 24 hours ago I had given up hope, and tonight she sat right near me and I was talking to her.”

Dennis kindly shared with us the photos and video below, adding “I had a fantastic evening that I will never forget, Dame Shirley was radiant. The man in the first picture is John Ovenden, who saw my story in the Jersey Evening Post. He had two VIP tickets for him and his wife Tracey, but she let me have her ticket saying I would enjoy the evening more as I was the island of Jersey’s biggest fan of Dame Shirley Bassey. My gratitude is forever, John took these photos as he is a professional photographer of sea life, dolphins on the island of Jersey and much more.”

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Alternative video footage can be found here and here.

Record Sleeves From The Past – 14

United Artists released a 12 track compilation album titled ‘The Singles Album’ which proved to be a big success.  It carried a sleeve with a photo of Shirley taken by Lord Snowdon.  However in Australia the album had the sleeve that was used on the UK album ‘Live At Carnegie Hall’.

The track listing is the same as the UK release but what is interesting is the inner sleeve on some of the copies of this release.  On one side of the inner sleeve are photos of her album sleeves that have been released in Australia but on the other side is a photo of Shirley which as far as I’m aware hasn’t been used on any other album.  I must add that not all copies of this release had this inner sleeve though.

SB - The Singles Album - Australia

SB - The Singles Album Insert - Australia

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DSB At Wimbledon.

Dame Shirley attended Wimbledon today to watch the match between Johanna Konta and Venus Williams.

Looking fabulous as always and dressed in black and white Dame Shirley was seated in the Royal Box.  She is no stranger to Wimbledon as she has attended many times and is a a keen fan of tennis.

It’s good to see our Dame looking so relaxed and obviously enjoying herself.

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