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Encyclopedia > Shirley Bassey
Shirley Bassey
Background information
Birth name Shirley Veronica Bassey
Born January 8, 1937 (1937-01-08) (age 71)
Tiger Bay (now Cardiff Bay), Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Genre(s) Vocal, Pop, Big Band
Occupation(s) Singer
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1956 to present
Website DameShirleyBassey.com

Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE, CBE (born January 8, 1937 in Cardiff, Wales), is a Welsh singer. She performed the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). She is the only singer to have recorded more than one James Bond theme song[1]. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tiger Bay is the former dock area of Cardiff. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... This article is about the country. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Vocal music is music performed by one or more singers, with or without non-vocal instrumental accompaniment, in which singing provides the main focus of the piece. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... This article is about the country. ... The Welsh are, according to Hastings (1997), an ethnic group and nation associated with Wales and the Welsh language, which is a Celtic language. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... 007 redirects here. ... Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Sean Connery as the MI6 agent. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Moonraker is a 1979 spy film. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

Life and career

Birth to 1960

Bassey was born on 8 January 1937 at 182 Bute Street, Tiger Bay, Cardiff, to a Nigerian sailor father and a mother from Yorkshire, who divorced when she was three [2]. She grew up in the working-class dockside district of Tiger Bay as the youngest of seven children. Tiger Bay is the former dock area of Cardiff. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... Yorkshire is a historic county of northern England. ...


After leaving Moorland School at the age of fifteen, Shirley first found employment packing at a local factory while singing in local pubs and clubs in the evenings and weekends. In 1953, she signed up for the revue Memories of Jolson, a musical based on the life of Al Jolson. She next took up a professional engagement in Hot From Harlem, which ran until 1954. An amusingly named pub (the Old New Inn) at Bourton-on-the-Water, in the Cotswold Hills of South West England A pub in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, Scotland A public house, usually known as a pub, is a drinking establishment found mainly in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada... Al Jolson (May 26, 1886–October 23, 1950) was a highly acclaimed American singer, comedian and actor of Jewish heritage whose career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950. ...


By this time Bassey had become disenchanted with show business, and had become pregnant at 16 with her daughter Sharon, so she went back to waitressing in Cardiff. However, in 1955, a chance recommendation of her to Michael Sullivan, a Streatham-born booking agent, put her firmly on course for her destined career. He saw talent in Bassey, and decided he would make her a star. She toured various theatres until she got an offer of the show that put her firmly on the road to stardom, Al Read's Such Is Life at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End. While she starred in this show, Philips A&R and record producer Johnny Franz spotted her on television, was impressed, and offered her a record deal. The entertainment industry (much of which is informally known as show business or show biz) consists of a large number of sub-industries devoted to entertainment. ... Michael John Mike Sullivan (born September 22, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska) was governor of the U.S. state of Wyoming from 1987 to 1995. ... Streatham is a place in the London Borough of Lambeth in the United Kingdom . ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Look up talent in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Celebrity (disambiguation). ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Al Read was a famous British radio comedian active throughout the 1950s and 60s. ... Philips Records is a record label that was founded by Dutch electronics giant Philips. ... In the music industry, Artists and Repertoire (A&R) is the division of a record label company that is responsible for scouting and artist development. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Johnny Franz (born John Charles Franz, 23 February 1922) was a UK record producer and A&R man at the legendary Philips label in Britain, which was established in 1953. ... “Sound recorder” redirects here. ...


Bassey recorded her first single, entitled "Burn My Candle", and Philips released it in February 1956, when Bassey was just nineteen. Owing to the suggestive lyrics, the BBC banned it, but it sold well nonetheless, backed with her powerful rendition of "Stormy Weather". Further singles followed, and, in February 1957, Bassey had her first hit with "Banana Boat Song", which reached number eight on the UK singles chart. During that year, she also recorded under the direction of US producer Mitch Miller in America for the Columbia label, producing the single "If I Had A Needle And Thread" b/w "Tonight My Heart She Is Crying". A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Stormy Weather is a 1933 song written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Banana Boat Song is a traditional Trinidadian Calypso folk song, whose best-known version was sung by Harry Belafonte and is the most well-known calypso. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... Mitch Miller (born Mitchell William Miller, July 4, 1911) is an American musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man and record company executive. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... “B-Sides” redirects here. ...


In mid-1958, she recorded two singles that would become classics in the Bassey catalogue: "As I Love You" appeared as a B-side to another ballad, "Hands Across The Sea". It did not sell well at first, but after a chance appearance at the London Palladium things began to pick up. In February 1959, it reached number one and stayed there for four weeks. Bassey also recorded "Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me" at this point, and while "As I Love You" raced up the charts, so too did this record, with both songs being in the top three at the same time. “B-Sides” redirects here. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. ... This is a list of the number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, during the 1950s. ...


A few months later, Bassey signed to EMI Columbia, and the second phase in her recording career had begun. For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ...


1960 to 1980

Throughout the 1960s, Bassey had numerous hits on the British charts. Her recording of "As Long As He Needs Me" from Lionel Bart's Oliver! reached number two, and had a chart run of 30 weeks. In 1962, Bassey's collaboration with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra produced the album "Let's Face The Music" (#12) and the single "What Now My Love" (#5). Other top ten hits of the period included the number one "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" b/w "Reach For The Stars" in 1961, and "I (Who Have Nothing)" in 1963. In 1965, Bassey had her only US Top Ten hit with the title song of the James Bond film, Goldfinger. Owing to the success of that song, she appeared frequently on many American television talk shows such as those hosted by Johnny Carson and by Mike Douglas. In 1968, Shirley performed her song "This Is My Life" at the San Remo Festival in Italy and a version of the song with chorus sung in Italian became a Top Ten hit on the Italian charts. Shirley lived as a tax exile for two years in Switzerland from 1968 to 1970, finally returning to the UK in 1970 with a record breaking run of performances at the Talk of the Town nightclub. She signed with the United Artists label in the late sixties and in 1970 released the album "Something" which showcased a new Bassey style. (The single of the same name was more successful in the UK charts than the original Beatles recording.) The success of "Something" (Single #4, Album #5) spawned a series of hugely successful albums on the UA label, with Something Else (1971), Never, Never, Never (1973), The Shirley Bassey Singles Album (1975) and 25th Anniversary Album (1978) all making the UK Top Ten. In 1973, her sold out concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall were recorded and released as a two LP set "Shirley Bassey: Live at Carnegie Hall". This album and the majority of her recordings from this period have been re-mastered and released on CD by EMI and BGO Records. This is a song sung by the character of Nancy in the musical/movie Oliver!, first introduced in the 1960 musical. ... Lionel Bart (1930-1999) was a British composer of songs musicals, best known for Oliver! Bart was born Lionel Begleiter in London to Galician Jews, and grew up in Stepney. ... This article is about the musical. ... Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. ... What Now My Love is a popular song. ... Climb evry mountain Search high and low Follow evry by-way Every path you know Climb evry mountain Ford evry stream Follow evry rainbow Till you find your dream A dream that will need All the love you can give Everyday of your life For... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... The song was sung by the Tiger Bay sultry artist Shirley Bassey. ... 007 redirects here. ... Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Sean Connery as the MI6 agent. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sanremo Music Festival (Festival della canzone italiana), running since 1951, is an Italian popular song contest held annually (first part of March) in Sanremo. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... This article is about the film studio. ... For other uses, see Something (disambiguation). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article is about the film studio. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... BGO Records (Beat Goes On) is a record label specializing in classic rock, blues, jazz and folk music. ...


In 1971, she recorded the title theme for Diamonds Are Forever. The recording featured as part of the main celebration in Sydney, Australia's 2007 New Year's celebration. Bassey recorded her final title theme for the Bond films with Moonraker in 1979. Between 1970 and 1979, Bassey had 18 hit albums in the UK charts and starred in two highly rated BBC TV series in 1976 and 1979, which featured guests including Neil Diamond, Michel Legrand, and Dusty Springfield. The shows were filmed in various locations throughout the world as well as in the studio. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Moonraker is a 1979 spy film. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actor. ... Michel Legrand (born February 24, 1932 in Paris) is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. ... Dusty Springfield OBE (16 April 1939–2 March 1999) was a popular English singer whose career spanned four decades. ...


1980 onwards

Throughout most of the 1980s, Bassey focused on charitable works and performing occasional concert tours throughout Europe and the United States. She recorded less often, but released an album in 1984 of her most famous songs, I Am What I Am, performed with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1986, she released a single and video to support the London Tourist Board called "There's No Place Like London". In 1987, she provided vocals for Swiss artists Yello on "The Rhythm Divine", a song co-written by Scottish singer Billy Mackenzie[3]. Also in 1987, she released an album La Mujer sung entirely in Spanish. In 1995, Bassey became only the second artist {after Frank Sinatra} to give a concert at the Pyramids in Egypt. In 1996, she collaborated with Chris Rea in the movie La Passione appearing in the film as herself and releasing the single "Disco La Passione". This article is about charitable organizations. ... For the album by The Cure, see Concert (album). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... Yello is a popular Swiss electronica band consisting of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank. ... This article is about the Scottish as an ethnic group. ... William MacArthur MacKenzie, known as Billy MacKenzie (27 March 1957 – January 22, 1997) was a Scottish singer, notable for his powerful voice and vast vocal range. ... Sinatra redirects here. ... 19th-century tourists in front of the Sphinx - view from South-East, Great Pyramid in background The Giza Necropolis stands on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. ... Christopher Anton Rea (born 4 March 1951) is a singer-songwriter, from Middlesbrough, England. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... La Passione is a 1996 album by Chris Rea, and the soundtrack for the movie with the same title, also written by Rea. ...


In 1997, she caused a sensation in the UK with her song "History Repeating" with the Propellerheads which scored a number one ranking on the British Dance Music Charts, introducing Bassey to a new generation of fans. The liner notes of the Propellerheads' album Decksandrumsandrockandroll included the lines 'We would like to extend our maximum respect to Shirley Bassey for honouring us with her performance. We are still in shock...'. Propellerheads is a British big beat music band made up of electronic producers Will White and Alex Gifford. ... For more information on fans of football (soccer), see Football (soccer) culture. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Decksandrumsandrockandroll is the name of an album by the band Propellerheads, released on January 26, 1998 by Wall of Sound (UK) and Dreamworks (US). ...


In 1997, Shirley celebrated her 60th birthday with two open air concerts at Castle Howard and Althorp Park. The resulting live album "The Birthday Concert" received a Grammy nomination for "Best Traditional Female Vocal Performance". During her UK Tour in 1998, 120,000 people saw Dame Shirley live and she smashed her own record in London for the longest run by a solo artist at the Royal Festival Hall with ten sold-out shows. In 1999, she recorded the official song for the Rugby World Cup, "World In Union", with Bryn Terfel and performed at the opening ceremony at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Bassey contributed three songs to the official album "Land Of My Fathers" which peaked at number one on the UK compilation chart. World in Union, with lyrics by Charlie Skarbek, is a theme song for the Rugby (Union) World Cup which attempts to capture the spirit of international friendship which pervades rugby union culture the world over. ... Bryn Terfel The Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, CBE (born November 9, 1965) is one of the best-known contemporary opera and concert singers. ...


In 2003, Bassey celebrated 50 years in show business and released the CD Thank You For The Years which entered the Top 20 album chart. A Gala Charity Auction of her stage costumes at Christie's "Dame Shirley Bassey: 50 Years of Glittering Gowns" raised £250,000 (US$500,000) to go towards the Dame Shirley Bassey Scholarship at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Appeal. The entertainment industry (much of which is informally known as show business or show biz) consists of a large number of sub-industries devoted to entertainment. ... CD redirects here. ... The Christies auction house in South Kensington, London Christies American branch in Rockefeller Center, New York Christies is a fine art auction house, the largest and by some accounts the oldest in the world. ... The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Welsh: Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru) is a prestigious conservatoire located in Cardiff. ...


With thirty-two hits in the UK Singles Chart, which span a record fifty year period (1957-2007), plus thirty-five hit LPs in the corresponding UK Albums Chart, she has become Britain's most successful female chart artist of all time. “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ...


Recent developments

She topped the bill at the 2005 Royal Variety Performance and introduced a new song "The Living Tree". Two popular Audiences With Shirley Bassey have aired on British TV, the most recent being in March 2006. Bassey returned to perform in five arenas around the UK in June 2006, which culminated at Wembley on 9 June. She also performed a concert in front of 10,000 people at the Bryn Terfel Faenol Festival in North Wales which was broadcast by BBC Wales on 30 August 2006. British television broadcasting has a range of different broadcasters, broadcasting multiple channels over a variety of distribution media. ... Wembley Arena at Night (Taken at a live WWE Show). ... Bryn Terfel The Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, CBE (born November 9, 1965) is one of the best-known contemporary opera and concert singers. ... The Faenol Festival is a music festival organised by Welsh singer Bryn Terfel and held annually at Vaynol in North Wales. ... Approximate extent of North Wales North Wales (known in some archaic texts as Northgalis) is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales, bordered to the south by Mid Wales. ... BBC Wales (Welsh: ) is a division of the British Broadcasting Corporation for Wales. ...


"Where Do I Begin (Away Team Remix)," from Shirley's 2001 remix album, The Remix Album: Diamonds Are Forever, is featured in one episode of Showtime's The L Word, Season 2 and on Season 1 of Nip/Tuck on the FX Network. This article is about the pay TV channel. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Nip/Tuck is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television medical drama series created by Ryan Murphy for FX Networks. ...


Marks & Spencer signed her for their Christmas 2006 "James Bond style" TV advertising campaign. Bassey is seen in a glamorous Ice Palace singing a cover version of Pink's song, "Get the Party Started" wearing an M&S gown. The advert, launched in November 2006, also includes famous models, such as Twiggy. Marks & Spencer (M&S) is a British retailer, with 760 stores in more than 30 countries around the world. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... 007 redirects here. ... TV redirects here. ... Advert redirects here. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Alecia Beth Moore (pronounced [1]) (born on September 8, 1979), known professionally as Pink (often stylized as ), is an American singer-songwriter who gained prominence in 2000. ... Get the Party Started is a 2001 hit single for Pink, taken from her second album M!ssundaztood. ... Marks & Spencer (M&S) is a British retailer, with 760 stores in more than 30 countries around the world. ... Advert redirects here. ... A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... This article is about the English supermodel. ...


"The Living Tree", written, produced and originally recorded by the London duo Never the Bride, was released as a single on 23 April 2007. "The Living Tree" CD included a number of remixes, designed to appeal to the club chart. The single entered the Singles Chart at #37. This release marked Bassey's 50th anniversary in the singles chart and gave her the record for the longest span of top 40 hits in UK chart history. A new album "Get The Party Started" was released on 25 June 2007 and dedicated to Dame Shirley's late daughter Samantha. The album entered the UK charts at #6. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... CD redirects here. ... Get the Party Started is the title of the latest album from Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey and features thirteen new remixed and re-worked tracks by some of todays most contemporary producers. ...


Shirley Bassey made a triumphant appearance at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival. Wearing a pink Julien MacDonald dress, Dame Shirley performed a 45 minute set to riotous applause. Two evenings earlier at the festival, Arctic Monkeys performed "Diamonds Are Forever" and dedicated it to Bassey; after her own rendition of the number Bassey said "Arctic Monkeys, that's how it's done". The night was not altogether an enjoyable evening since, after a torrential 'summer' rain, Dame Shirley's helicopter had to perform an emergency landing on her way home.[4] She was unhurt but shaken from the ordeal. The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest[1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ... Julien MacDonald (born March 19, 1972) is a Welsh fashion designer. ... Arctic Monkeys are a Mercury Prize winning English indie rock band from High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. ...


On June 28, 2007, Bassey performed "Big Spender" with Elton John at his annual White Tie and Tiara Ball in order to raise money for The Elton John AIDS Foundation.[5] is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...


In August 2007, Bassey signed a new recording contract with Universal Music's Decca Records and has been reported soon to be collaborating with Pink for a duet.[6]. It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Alecia Beth Moore (pronounced [1]) (born on September 8, 1979), known professionally as Pink (often stylized as ), is an American singer-songwriter who gained prominence in 2000. ...


Dame Shirley performed in "Fashion Rocks" in aid of The Prince's Trust, at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 18th October 2007 wearing a dress by Marchesa.


Personal life

Bassey's first marriage was to Kenneth Hume (from 1961 to 1965) and ended in divorce. Her second husband was Sergio Novak. Bassey and Novak were married from 1968 until they divorced in 1977; Novak served as Bassey's manager for this period of time. Matrimony redirects here. ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse. ...


Bassey has two daughters and one adopted son. Her first daughter Sharon was born when Shirley was just seventeen. Bassey's second daughter, Samantha, was found dead in 1985 after apparently having jumped from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England. Bassey has always insisted the death of her daughter was not suicide.[7] The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge and linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset, England. ... This article is about the English city of Bristol. ...


In recognition of her career longevity, endurance and a particular admiration from the Royal Family, Bassey was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) on 31 December 1999 by HM Queen Elizabeth II. Members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony The British Royal Family is shared between the Commonwealth Realms; this article focuses on the perspective of United Kingdom. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ...


She was invited to perform in 2002 at the Party at the Palace, a public celebration of The Queen's Golden Jubilee of 50 years on the throne. She was also awarded France's top honour, the Legion d'Honneur, to signify her enduring popularity and importance in the culture of France. The Party at the Palace was a pop concert held in London in 2002. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... A Golden Jubilee is a celebration held to mark a 50th anniversary of a monarchs reign. ... French Legion of Honor The Légion dhonneur (Legion of Honor ( AmE) or Legion of Honour ( ComE)) is an Order of Chivalry awarded by the President of France. ... For other uses, see Culture (disambiguation). ...


She now resides in Monaco, and has recently sold her London apartment. Many of its furnishings were auctioned for charity. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


On 16 December 2007, Bassey celebrated her 70th birthday at Cliveden, with celebrity guests and friends including Joan Collins, Cilla Black, Bruce Forsyth and Julien MacDonald. is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... View looking north from the Ring in the Parterre showing Terrace Pavilion and Clock Tower to the left with Lower Terrace and Borghese Balustrade below Cliveden should not be confused with Clevedon in Somerset Cliveden as seen from its lawn. ... Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born May 23, 1933) is a Golden Globe Award winning English actress and bestselling author. ... Cilla Black OBE (born 27 May 1942) is an English singer-songwriter and television personality, born Priscilla Maria Veronica White to a Protestant father and a Catholic mother in Liverpool. ... Bruce Forsyth, CBE (born Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson on 22 February 1928) is a British showman and entertainer who achieved celebrity on the show Sunday Night at the London Palladium, and became a household name in the UK, going on to present the television shows The Generation Game, Play Your... Julien MacDonald (born March 19, 1972) is a Welsh fashion designer. ...


Selected discography

Main article: Shirley Bassey discography

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BRIT Awards

  • 1977 - Best British female solo artist during the past 25 years - (BRIT Awards winner)

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References

  1. ^ AOL Music entry
  2. ^ All Music Guide
  3. ^ All Music Guide
  4. ^ Bad weather grounds Dame Shirley. Retrieved on 2007-06-25.
  5. ^ White tie and tiara ball. Retrieved on 2007-06-30
  6. ^ PINK BASSEY PLAN DUET. Retrieved on 2007-08-14.
  7. ^ http://www.songsofshirleybassey.co.uk/info/articl83.html

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Books

  • Guinness Book of British Hit Singles - 14th Edition - ISBN 0-85156-156-X
  • Guinness Book of British Hit Singles - 16th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-190-X
  • The Guinness Book Of British Hit Albums - 7th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-619-7
  • The Book Of Golden Discs - 2nd Edition - ISBN 0-214-20512-6
  • The Guinness Book Of 500 Number One Hits - ISBN 0-85112-250-7

The cover of the 1989 7th edition of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles Guinness World Records - British Hit Singles & Albums is a music reference book, published in the United Kingdom, by Hit Entertainment, the company that owns such childrens entertainment brands as Bob the Builder and Thomas...

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Preceded by
Matt Monro
From Russia with Love, 1963
James Bond title artist
Goldfinger, 1964
Succeeded by
Tom Jones
Thunderball, 1965
Preceded by
John Barry
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1969
James Bond title artist
Diamonds Are Forever, 1971
Succeeded by
Paul McCartney and Wings
Live and Let Die (song), 1973
Preceded by
Carly Simon
The Spy Who Loved Me (Nobody Does It Better), 1977
James Bond title artist
Moonraker, 1979
Succeeded by
Sheena Easton
For Your Eyes Only, 1981

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For the Ian Fleming novel, see On Her Majestys Secret Service. ... 007 redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wings was a rock music supergroup formed in August 1971, after the breakup of The Beatles, by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. ... Live and Let Die is the 8th film in the British James Bond series and the first to star Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond. ... link title Live and Let Die, from the James Bond film and soundtrack Live and Let Die, is one of Sir Paul McCartneys most successful singles. ... Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945 in New York City) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy Award winning American musician who emerged as one of the leading lights of the early 1970s singer-songwriter movement. ... For the Ian Fleming novel, see The Spy Who Loved Me. ... Original The Spy Who Loved Me soundtrack cover, featuring Nobody Does It Better Nobody Does It Better is a James Bond theme used for the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me and released Single EP, Soundtrack Album. ... 007 redirects here. ... Moonraker is a 1979 spy film. ... Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959, Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish two time Grammy Award-winning pop singer and theatre & television actress. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Get the Party Started is the title of the latest album from Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey and features thirteen new remixed and re-worked tracks by some of todays most contemporary producers. ... The Banana Boat Song is a traditional Trinidadian Calypso folk song, whose best-known version was sung by Harry Belafonte and is the most well-known calypso. ... This is a song sung by the character of Nancy in the musical/movie Oliver!, first introduced in the 1960 musical. ... The song was sung by the Tiger Bay sultry artist Shirley Bassey. ... Big Spender is a song written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the musical play Sweet Charity. ... The Fool on the Hill is a song by The Beatles. ... A 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Diamonds Are Forever, published in 1956, is the fourth James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. ... Moonraker is the soundtrack for the 11th James Bond film of the same name. ... Diamonds from Sierra Leone, often referred to as Diamonds Are Forever, was the first single from Kanye Wests second album, Late Registration. ... The Living Tree is a single released by Dame Shirley Bassey on the 27th April 2007. ... 007 redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Monty Norman (born in London on April 4, 1928) is a singer and film composer best known for the creation of The James Bond Theme. Biography Norman was born in the East End of London to Jewish parents on the second night of Passover in 1928. ... The James Bond Theme is one of the signature themes for the James Bond films. ... David Arnold (born February 27, 1962 in Luton in Bedfordshire, England) is one of the most popular and successful young British composers[citation needed]. He is probably best known for the film scores to Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and four James Bond films. ... The Best of Bond. ... EON Productions is a film production company known for producing the James Bond film series. ... John Barry. ... Byron Lee and the Dragonaires is one of the best known Jamaican band . ... Dr. No is the original soundtrack for the 1st James Bond film of the same name. ... Matt Monro (1 December 1930, Shoreditch, London – 7 February 1985, Ealing) was an English ballad singer of the 1960s and one of the international post-World War II entertainers. ... Lionel Bart (1930-1999) was a British composer of songs musicals, best known for Oliver! Bart was born Lionel Begleiter in London to Galician Jews, and grew up in Stepney. ... From Russia with Love is the soundtrack for the 2nd James Bond film of the same name. ... Anthony George Newley (born on September 24, 1931 in the London Borough of Hackney; died on April 14, 1999) was an English actor, singer and songwriter. ... Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is a British lyricist. ... The song was sung by the Tiger Bay sultry artist Shirley Bassey. ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... The soundtrack to Thunderball was released by Capitol Records in 1965. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... You Only Live Twice was the soundtrack to the Bond film of the same name and was composed by Bond veteran, John Barry. ... John Barry. ... For the Ian Fleming novel, see On Her Majestys Secret Service. ... Louis[1] Armstrong[2] (4 August 1901[3] – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo[4] and Pops, was an American jazz musician. ... We Have All The Time In The World is a James Bond theme and popular song performed by Louis Armstrong. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer and animal-rights activist. ... Wings was a rock music supergroup formed in August 1971, after the breakup of The Beatles, by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. ... link title Live and Let Die, from the James Bond film and soundtrack Live and Let Die, is one of Sir Paul McCartneys most successful singles. ... Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, OBE, (born 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, actor, model, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through the 2000s. ... The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth film in the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond. ... Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945 in New York City) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy Award winning American musician who emerged as one of the leading lights of the early 1970s singer-songwriter movement. ... Carole Bayer Sager (born March 8, 1947 in New York City, New York) is an American lyricist, songwriter and singer best-known for writing the lyrics to many popular songs performed on Broadway and in Hollywood films. ... Original The Spy Who Loved Me soundtrack cover, featuring Nobody Does It Better Nobody Does It Better is a James Bond theme used for the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me and released Single EP, Soundtrack Album. ... Moonraker is a 1979 spy film. ... Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959, Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish two time Grammy Award-winning pop singer and theatre & television actress. ... Derek Watkins (born Reading, Berkshire 2 March 1945) is a British trumpeter and session musician renowned for his mastery of the trumpet and flugelhorn. ... For Your Eyes Only was the theme tune to the 12th James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only and performed by Scottish singer Sheena Easton. ... Rita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945, in Lafayette, Tennessee) is a Grammy Award winning American Singer. ... All Time High was a song sung by American singer Rita Coolidge. ... Duran Duran are an English pop group notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... A View to a Kill is the 13th single recorded by Duran Duran, released in May 1985. ... a-ha is a Grammy Award-nominated band from Norway. ... The Living Daylights was the song written by a-ha for the James Bond film of the same name. ... The Pretenders are an Anglo-American rock band. ... Where Has Everybody Gone? is one of two songs by The Pretenders, recorded for the James Bond film The Living Daylights in 1987, the other being If There Was A Man. Neither made any impact on the UK Singles Chart or the music charts in the USA. Both songs are... Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American R&B/soul singer, actress and author. ... The soundtrack to Licence to Kill, the 16th James Bond film of the same name, was released by MCA Records in 1989. ... Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holt on May 24, 1944 in West-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an multi-grammy winning American R&B and soul singer and songwriter who fronted two groups, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Labelle, which changed and birthed a new era of womens music and... LaBelle in the If You Asked Me To music video (1989). ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... GoldenEye is a hit James Bond theme performed by Tina Turner used for the 1995 film, GoldenEye. ... Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American blues rock singer, guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. ... Tomorrow Never Dies was the theme tune to the 18th James Bond film of the the same name. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The World Is Not Enough was the theme tune to the 19th James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough and performed by rock group Garbage. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... James Bond theme chronology The World Is Not Enough (1999) Die Another Day (2002) You Know My Name (2006) American Life track listing Mother and Father (9) Die Another Day (10) Easy Ride (11) Die Another Day was the theme to the James Bond film of the same name recorded... Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle on July 20, 1964) is an American musician best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the rock bands Soundgarden (1984-1997) and Audioslave (2001-2007). ... James Bond theme chronology Die Another Day (2002) You Know My Name (2006) You Know My Name, performed by Chris Cornell, is the theme song to the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale. ... John Barry. ... David Arnold (born February 27, 1962 in Luton in Bedfordshire, England) is one of the most popular and successful young British composers[citation needed]. He is probably best known for the film scores to Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and four James Bond films. ... Monty Norman (born in London on April 4, 1928) is a singer and film composer best known for the creation of The James Bond Theme. Biography Norman was born in the East End of London to Jewish parents on the second night of Passover in 1928. ... Dr. No is the original soundtrack for the 1st James Bond film of the same name. ... From Russia with Love is the soundtrack for the 2nd James Bond film of the same name. ... Goldfinger is the soundtrack for the 3rd James Bond film of the same name. ... Don Black OBE (born June 21, 1938) is an English lyricist. ... The soundtrack to Thunderball was released by Capitol Records in 1965. ... You Only Live Twice was the soundtrack to the Bond film of the same name and was composed by Bond veteran, John Barry. ... On Her Majestys Secret Service is the soundtrack for the 6th James Bond film of the same name. ... Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh film in the EON Productions James Bond series. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... The soundtrack for Live and Let Die was released in 1973. ... Main article: James Bond music The theme tune, to The Man with the Golden Gun (film) released in 1974, was performed by Lulu, composed by John Barry, and the lyrics to the song were written by Don Black. ... Marvin Hamlisch (born June 2, 1944) is an American composer. ... Main article: James Bond music The theme song Nobody Does it Better composed by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, and performed by Carly Simon and was the first theme song to be titled differently than the name of the movie, although the phrase the spy who loved me... Moonraker is the soundtrack for the 11th James Bond film of the same name. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Main article: James Bond music The theme song to For Your Eyes Only, was written by Bill Conti (music) and Michael Leeson (lyrics), and performed by Sheena Easton. ... Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice (born 10 November 1944) is an English Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Award and Grammy Award winning lyricist, author, radio presenter and television gameshow panelist. ... Octopussy is the soundtrack for the 13th James Bond film of the same name. ... Godley & Creme was a duo of English pop musicians and music video directors, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. ... A View to a Kill is the soundtrack for the 14th James Bond film of the same name. ... The Living Daylights was the final Bond film to be scored by composer John Barry. ... Michael Kamen (April 15, 1948 – November 18, 2003) was an American composer (especially of film scores), orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, song writer, and session musician. ... The soundtrack to Licence to Kill, the 16th James Bond film of the same name, was released by MCA Records in 1989. ... Éric Serra Éric Serra (born on September 9, 1959) is a French composer. ... Goldeneye is the soundtrack from the 1995 film Goldeneye, released by EMI on November 14, 1995. ... Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), best known by the stage name k. ... Tomorrow Never Dies is the soundtrack of the 18th James Bond film of the same name. ... Scott Walker is the stage name of the American singer-songwriter Noel Scott Engel (born 9 January 1943 in Hamilton, Ohio). ... The World Is Not Enough is the second James Bond soundtrack composed by David Arnold. ... The soundtrack to Die Another Day, the 20th James Bond film of the same name, was released by Warner Bros. ... The soundtrack to the 2006 film Casino Royale was released by Sony Classical on November 14, 2006. ...


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