(Non-DSB) Joe Longthorne is back

I first got interested in Joe Longthorne because he did such an accurate impersonation of Shirley Bassey. He has met her, and they are friends.

Above: Joe in 2001 good-looking, so refined
After Elvis, Joe is my favourite male singer. He does a superbly realistic tribute to the King too.

After a long fight against leukaemia, and the major surgery of a bone marrow transplant, Joe Longthorne has returned in triumph after months of intensive therapy.

Above: Joe in 2005 fighting cancer
He is now recovered, and has started a UK Spring tour.

On Easter Sunday he gave a spectacular comeback performance at the Grand, Blackpool.

Above: Joe in 2006 back on stage
Mr. Entertainment wowed the audience with 90 minutes of fine singing, comedy and his uncanny impersonations of many singing stars. From Pavarotti to John Lennon. His fans welcomed him with an electrifying standing ovation the moment he walked on stage.

I met Joe last year at his birthday bash, and he’s a lovely person. He treats his fans like family, and makes us laugh with his wickedly dry sense of humour.

His official website is well worth visiting:


This gives details of his career, his near-fatal illness and his fundraising for cancer charities. The true affection from his legions of loyal fans (including me) is clear from the non-stop messages on the Guestbook.

Also I must give a plug to my friend Barb, who runs an unofficial fansite:

Tour dates are:
16.04.06 Grand Theatre – Blackpool 01253 290190
17.04.06 Grand Theatre – Blackpool 01253 290190
20.04.06 Concert Hall – Motherwell 01698 302999
21.04.06 Pavilion Theatre – Glasgow 0141 3321846
22.04.06 Pavilion Theatre – Glasgow 0141 3321846
28.04.06 Cliffs Pavilion – Southend on Sea 01702 351135
29.04.06 Broadway Theatre – Lewisham 0208 6900002
05.05.06 City Hall – Sheffield 0114 2789789
14.05.06 Majestic Theatre – Retford 01777 706866
18.05.06 St George’s Hall, Bradford. 01274 432000
02.06.06 Playhouse Theatre – Whitley Bay 0191 2523505
03.06.06 Civic Theatre – Darlington 01325 486555
11.06.06 City Varieties – Leeds 08456 441881
16.06.06 Forum Theatre – Billingham 01642 552663
17.06.06 Forum Theatre – Billingham 01642 552663
23.06.06 Oakengates – Telford 01952 619020
24.06.06 Swan Theatre – High Wycombe 01494-512000
25.06.06 Pavilion Theatre – Worthing 01903 206206
29.06.06 Grand Theatre – Swansea 01792 475715
30.06.06 Circus Tavern – Purfleet 01708 867271
05.07.06 New Theatre – Hull 01482 226655

14.07.06 -04.11.06 Paradise Room – Blackpool
Joe will be appearing every Friday and Saturday night during this period.
Tickets: £22.50, £20, £17,50. 0870 444 5588

Thank you for the warm welcome

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I’m overwhelmed by the wonderful response to the launch from so many fans.

Thank you all for being so positive and for sending such kind words of encouragement.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Ed for his amazing voluntary work in maintaining “Songs of DSB” to a professional standard. “Songs” exceeds many artists’ official web sites.

Ed has helped me enormously by designing and implementing this rather attractive Blog site. We cannot underestimate what Ed has done. It’s all been at his personal cost, and from a genuine love and respect for Shirley. A fan of distinction.

Thankfully “Songs” continues as a massive resource. The Encyclopaedia Basseytannia!

Please feel welcome to submit photos, text, memorabilia, anecdotes, reports, jokes and retrospectives etc. There will also be Non-DSB posts, as long as there is a clear connection with La Dame.

I cannot answer every message, and I want to keep it depersonalised. It’s by the fans for the fans! I’m just another fan!

Shirley’s fans are the best. 2006 is an exciting year for us all.

Best wishes and thanks again.


# And so what if I love each feather and each spangle #

Peggy’s Shirley Bassey Blog goes live!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to my blog which has gone live today. The blog is dedicated to the fabulous Dame Shirley Bassey. The greatest female entertainer in the world.

It’s a completely unofficial and non-commercial site. It’s for sharing information with fellow fans of the Diamond Dame.

It’s all about having fun and enjoying wonderful music. In celebration of Shirley’s amazing talent and long career.

Hopefully it will be a place to pass on the latest news, rumours and light-hearted gossip from the world of entertainment.



# Thank you for the years #

£1m jewel is icing on the cake for Shirley

It had to be something special to mark the birthday of legendary diva Shirley Bassey.

But even so, staff at an Edinburgh bakery were a little taken aback after receiving the commission for Dame Shirley’s 69th birthday cake. There was one surprise ingredient which made it completely different from anything they had tackled before – a £1 million diamond.

The bakers at House of Sugar in Bruntsfield had to hide the fabulous stone inside the top layer of a spectacular seven-tier creation.

The singer – whose hits include Diamonds are Forever – is believed to have been delighted when she cut into the cake at a London party to find the surprise inside. It is understood that the diamond was flown to Edinburgh from a top London jewellers – complete with its own security guard.

The baker who embedded it in the cake is said to have been obliged by contract to wear short sleeves so he would have no opportunity to whisk it away.

House of Sugar today refused to confirm any details of cakes ordered by celebrities for private events.

By Joanna Valely © The Scotsman

To visit the website of the cake makers click here.

Note: Capricorn Shirley was born on 8th January 1937.
She jokes that at the age of 29 she decided to stop getting any older!

Unofficial Dame Shirley Bassey News and Features

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