Shirley Bassey

Knowledge Identifier: +Shirley_Bassey


Shirley Bassey

Welsh singer add

Category: Music

Born in 1937.

Countries: United Kingdom (36%), United States (27%), (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: James Bond, John Barry (composer), Diamonds Are Forever (film)

Linked to: Columbia Graphophone Company, Get the Party Started, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Billboard




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Shirley Bassey was born in 1937 add something


In 1953, Bassey signed her first professional contract, to sing in a touring variety show "Memories of Jolson", a musical based on the life of Al Jolson add something


She next took up a professional engagement in "Hot from Harlem", which ran until 1954 add something


Hymne a l'amour - Subsequent covers by Kay Starr in 1954, Shirley Bassey in 1959 and Brenda Lee in 1961 brought fame to this version


In 1955, a chance recommendation to Michael Sullivan, a booking agent, put Bassey firmly on course for her destined career add something


Bassey recorded her first single, entitled "Burn My Candle", and Philips released it in February 1956, when Bassey was 19 add something


Further singles followed, and in February 1957, Bassey had her first hit with "The Banana Boat Song", which reached No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart add something


Geoff Love - He recorded at least two albums with Shirley Bassey in 1959 and 1960


On 13 November 1960, Bassey made her début performance on American television, appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" add something


Big Jim Sullivan - In the early 1960s he played on hits by Billy Fury, Frank Ifield, Adam Faith, Frankie Vaughan, Helen Shapiro, Freddie and the Dreamers, Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Dusty_Springfield and many more


But she had actually established herself there as early as 1961, in cabaret in New York add something


Udo Jurgens - He wrote the 1961 worldwide hit "Reach for the Stars", sung by Shirley Bassey


Mike Leander - Leander started his career as an arranger with Decca Records in 1963 and Bell Records in 1972 and worked with such musicians as Marianne Faithfull, Billy Fury, Marc Bolan, Joe Cocker, The Small Faces, Van Morrison, Alan Price, Peter Frampton, Keith Richards, Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Jimmy Page, Roy Orbison, Brian Jones and Gene Pitney


George Martin - The first was "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey in 1964


Also in 1965, she sang the title track for the spoof James Bond film "The Liquidator", and had a Top 20 live album recorded during a sell-out run at London's "Pigalle" add something


In 1965, Bassey enjoyed her only U.S. Top 40 "Billboard" Hot 100 hit with the title song of the James Bond film, "Goldfinger" add something


In 1965, according to an article in "Jet", "There is a big dispute in London over who is the father of tempestuous singer Shirley Bassey's baby add something


She had signed to United Artists, and her first album on that label, 1966's "I've Got a Song for You", spent one week on the chart; from there until 1970, only two albums would chart, one of those a compilation add something


Additionally, two of Bassey's earlier LPs entered the charts, 1967's "And We Were Lovers" , and 1962's "Let's Face the Music" add something


In 1967 came the release of one of her best-known singles "Big Spender", although it charted just outside the UK Top 20 add something


Sanremo Festival - Also in 1968, at the Sanremo Festival in Italy, she performed "La vita", an Italian song by Bruno Canfora and Antonio Amurri, with some lyrics re-written in English by Norman Newell for her performance add something


Bassey started living as a tax exile in 1968, and was not permitted to work in Britain for almost two years add something


Her version of the song with chorus sung in Italian became a Top 40 hit on the Italian chart, and Bassey recorded several songs in Italian, some appearing on a 1968 Italian album titled "La vita" add something


Hal David - David contributed lyrics to three James Bond film themes: in addition to "The Look of Love" from "Casino Royale" with Bacharach, he wrote "We Have All the Time in the World", with John Barry and sung by Louis Armstrong for the 1969 film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", and in 1979, "Moonraker", with Barry, sung by Bond regular Shirley Bassey for the film of the same name


Bassey's UK comeback came in 1970, leading to one of the most successful periods of her career add something


Between 1970 and 1979, Bassey had 18 hit albums in the UK Albums Chart add something


Bassey appeared on the "Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show", broadcast on Christmas Day in 1971 add something


In 1971, she recorded the theme song for "Diamonds Are Forever" add something


Mina (singer) - Shirley Bassey carried Mina's ballad "Grande grande grande" to charts in the U.S., U.K., and other English-speaking countries in 1973


Veronique Sanson - In 1974, Patti Dahlstrom recorded a second version with her own lyrics, entitled "Emotion", and this new version was covered by Helen Reddy and Shirley Bassey


In 1976, Bassey starred in the six-episode "The Shirley Bassey Show", the first of her television programs for the BBC, followed by a second series of six episodes in 1979 add something


The final show of the first series was nominated for the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1977 add something


Her 1978 album "The Magic Is You" featured a portrait by the photographer, Francesco Scavullo add something


In 1978, Bassey pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly "after shouting abuse in the street and pushing a policeman" add something


Throughout most of the 1980s, Bassey focused on charitable work and performing occasional concert tours throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States, having ended her contract with EMI-United Artists and taking what she referred to as "semi-retirement" add something


In 1982 Bassey recorded an album entitled "All by Myself" and made a TV special for Thames Television called "A Special Lady" with guest Robert Goulet add something


In 1983 she recorded a duet with Alain Delon, "Thought I'd Ring You", which became a hit single in Europe add something


Bassey was now recording far less often but released an album in 1984 of her most famous songs, "I Am What I Am", performed with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis add something


In 1985, Samantha Novak, age 21, was found dead in the River Avon in Bristol, England add something


In 1986, she released a single and video to support the London Tourist Board, "There's No Place Like London", co-written by Lynsey de Paul and Gerard Kenny add something


Also in 1987, Bassey provided vocals for Swiss artists Yello on "The Rhythm Divine", a song co-written by Scottish singer Billy Mackenzie add something


In 1987 she recorded an album of James Bond themes, "The Bond Collection", but was apparently unhappy with the results so she declined to release it add something


In 1989, she released an album sung entirely in Spanish, "La Mujer" add something


The Who - They re-formed at events such as Live Aid and for reunion tours such as their 25th anniversary tour at The Royal Hall with guest stars Billy Idol, Elton John and Shirley Bassey in 1989 and the "Quadrophenia" tours of 1996, 1997, and 2012


Ian Moor - Moor won the subsequent "Stars in Their Eyes - Champion Of Champions" later that same year, a tenth anniversary special which brought together the first 10 series winners, which included impersonations of Shirley Bassey in 1990, two different versions of Marti Pellow, Neil Diamond and more


Thunderball (film) - The title theme was written by Barry and Leslie Bricusse; the song was originally recorded by Shirley Bassey, and later rerecorded by Dionne Warwick, whose version was not released until the 1990s


Motorpoint Arena Cardiff - The Cardiff International Arena was opened on 10 September 1993, by Shirley Bassey, in front of 5,500 fans


Motorpoint Arena Cardiff - "'Motorpoint Arena Cardiff"' is an indoor exhibition centre and events arena, located in Cardiff, the capital of Wales and was opened on 10 September 1993, by Shirley Bassey, in front of 5,500 fans


Two popular "Audiences with Shirley Bassey" have aired on British television, one in 1995 that attracted more than 10 million viewers in the UK, with the most recent in 2006 add something


In 1996, Bassey collaborated with Chris Rea in the film "La Passione", appearing in the film as herself and releasing the single "'Disco' La Passione" add something


Bassey celebrated her 60th birthday in 1997 with two open-air concerts, at Castle Howard and Althorp Park, and another TV special add something


In 1998 Bassey was sued in a breach of contract case by her former personal assistant, who accused Bassey of hitting her and making an ethnic slur add something


In the 1998 film "Little Voice", Bassey was one of three central figures along with Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, and Bassey's track "Goldfinger" featured in the movie add something


On 7 October 1998 in Egypt, Bassey performed for a benefit at an open-air concert close to the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid add something


In 2001, Bassey was principal artiste at the Duke of Edinburgh's 80th Birthday celebration add something


She was invited to perform in 2002 at the Party at the Palace, a public celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee add something


Then, in 2003, Bassey celebrated 50 years in show business, releasing the CD "Thank You for the Years", which was another Top 20 album add something


Bassey topped the bill at the 2005 Royal Variety Performance, introducing her new song "The Living Tree" add something


Marks & Spencer signed her for their Christmas 2006 James Bond-style television advertising campaign add something


Glastonbury Festival - Bassey performed a 45 minute set at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival wearing a pink Julien Macdonald dress, and customised Wellington boots add something


In 2007, Bassey performed in "Fashion Rocks" in aid of The Prince's Trust at the Royal Albert Hall add something


The recording featured as part of Sydney, Australia's 2007 New Year's celebration add something


A new album, "Get the Party Started", was subsequently released on 25 June 2007 and entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 6 add something


She was rushed to hospital in Monaco on 23 May 2008 to have an emergency operation on her stomach after complaining of abdominal pains add something


In 2009 her granddaughter appeared on "The X Factor" add something


In 2009, Bassey recorded the album, "The Performance", with James Bond composer David Arnold as co-producer add something


Bassey headlined at the BBC Electric Proms on 23 October 2009, in her only full live set of 2009 add something


John Barry (composer) - Barry and Black composed one of the songs on Shirley Bassey's 2009 album, "The Performance"


Manic Street Preachers - James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire contributed an original song, "The Girl from Tiger Bay", to Shirley Bassey's 2009 studio album, "The Performance"


On 24 March 2010, Avon and Somerset Police confirmed they were undertaking fresh inquiries into the death of Novak, and specifically claims that the convicted killer Michael Moffat was involved in her death add something


Bassey performed at the Rainforest Foundation Fund 21st Birthday concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City on 13 May 2010 add something


However, in October 2010 it was reported that the investigation came to an end and concluded that there "is no evidence of any criminal act involved" in Novak's death add something


She performed at the Classical Brit awards in 2011, singing "Goldfinger" in tribute to John Barry add something


On 30 March 2011, Bassey performed at a gala celebrating the 80th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev add something


On 20 June 2011, Bassey sang "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Goldfinger", accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at the John Barry Memorial Concert the Royal Albert Hall in London add something


On 29 September 2011, the BBC broadcast a 70 minute drama, entitled "Shirley", depicting Bassey's early life and career add something


The Client List (TV series) - The first of these materials, released on January 26, 2012, featured Hewitt performing Shirley Bassey's "Big Spender" in a music video-style advert, in reference to the true nature of the work at the massage parlor


Dame Shirley performed at the 2013 Academy awards on February 24, 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise add something


On 17 April 2013, Bassey attended the funeral service for Margaret Thatcher add something


Gert Frobe - On February 24, 2013, the eve of the 100th anniversary of Frobe's birth, Shirley Bassey performed the title song to "Goldfinger" at the 85th Academy *awards


In October 2014, Dame Shirley Bassey got a new album announced, called "Hello like before" which will feature some of her all time classics she never recorded before, including work by Sting , Donna Summer and Frank Sinatra´s "It was a very good year" add something


On 17th November 2014, Bassey released a new album entitled "Hello Like Before" which features many classic tracks, most of which she has never recorded before add something


On 17 November 2014, Bassey released a new album entitled "Hello Like Before" which features many classic tracks, most of which she has never recorded before add something


In 2016, she was named as one of "the 50 greatest Welsh men and women of all time" add something


In December 2016, Bassey starred in a 60-minute BBC broadcast hosted by David Walliams add something


On 11 March 2018, Bassey performed "Almost Like Being In Love" in a tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth at the London Palladium add something


At a gala for AMFAR in Los Angeles on 18 October 2018, Bassey sang "Goldfinger", "Diamonds Are Forever", "Almost Like Being In Love" and "I Am What I Am" add something


Bassey was awarded the freedom of her hometown, Cardiff, in a ceremony at City Hall on 17 May 2019 add something


On 9 August 2019, Dame Shirley performed at UNICEF's Summer Gala in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, singing "Goldfinger", "Diamonds Are Forever" and "S'Wonderful" add something