It was a TV show ‘A Night of 100 Stars’ broadcast on July 23 1964 – in glorious low-def black and white.
The Beatles and Shirley Bassey were the official headliners of the show.
After the interval, tables and chairs were put on stage, and many of the stars present were announced to sit on the stage to watch the show. Judy Garland received an ecstatic response when her name was announced. However, Judy was not on the bill to perform.
Shirley devoted “If Love Were All” to Judy, went to her table and embraced her, and then completed her act with “No Regrets”.
When Richard Attenborough came on to close the show, he was drowned out by the audience calling for Judy. Judy took centre stage and said “It’s nice to be home again. All right, what do you want to hear?.”
Judy sang “Over The Rainbow” and “Swanee” and stole the show.
Shirley got on very well with Judy, and has often paid warm tributes to her friendly advice, friendship and sensational talent.
Source: Judy Garland At The London Palladium
Above: The beautiful Tess Daly
Fans are delighted that Dame Shirley is appearing on BBC1 on Saturday 25th March 5.45pm on an hour long programme ALL TIME GREATEST MOVIE SONGS
Tess Daly hosts a show of stars singing classic movie songs, including Robin Gibb, Ronan Keating, Andrea Bocelli, Girls Aloud, Lulu and Cyndi Lauper.
Star of the show is Shirley singing her trio of Bond songs.
SOLD FOR £500 ON EBAY –
DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY’S SIGNED CHANEL HANDBAG
Shirley recently donated this item to an online auction to benefit the charity
Children’s Links – improving the quality of children’s life experiences.
All proceeds from the sale of donated items goes to supporting children, and their parents and carers through many of Children’s Links projects.
Here’s part of the description on eBay:
…Dame Shirley Bassey has kindly donated this classy Chanel handbag to our auction. The handbag is beige leather and has a gold Chanel logo on the front. The handles to the bag are gold links with beige leather woven through. Inside has one large compartment and four separate compartments, which is black leather. Also inside is a flap which keeps your belongings safe, this has been signed ‘Dame Shirley Bassey’ in black marker pen. The bag was obviously one of Dame Shirley Bassey’s favourites as it is quite worn on the handles although still very strong. We have the letter which came with this item to prove it’s authenticity which we will send to the winning bidder…
# He loves only gold #
Here’s my favourite review of the broadcast, which sums the show up perfectly:
“Whatever your view of Bassey’s style, you have to admit her singing voice is as dazzling as her frocks. Certainly the celebrities in the audience look enraptured as she belts out Goldfinger, Something and Big Spender. The questions she’s asked are the usual scripted bits of nonsense, but so what? For the millions who adore her, it’s a rare opportunity to see her perform – and she’s a helluva performer.”
From the Radio Times – Thank you for such a fair review.
# I get too hungry for dinner at eight
I love the theatre but never come late #