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Bassey's signature song is undoubtedly the flamboyant theme from the James Bond movie Goldfinger. When she was asked to get involved with the project, Bassey says, she violated a cardinal rule by listening to the music before the lyrics were written.
He would be Eckstine and I would be Garland. Bassey's show business career has spanned more than 50 years. She began singing in musicals as a teenager and cut her first single in She is the only singer to have recorded more than one James Bond theme song, singing the openers for Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker. At age 71, Bassey is still sassy. Written by John Barry and Leslie Bricusse, after Bassey's version it was re-recorded by Dionne Warwick , and then rejected in favour of a new song, "Thunderball," hastily written by Barry and given to Tom Jones who, like Bassey, is Welsh after the film's producers decided the song over the opening credits must feature the film's title.
The "Goldfinger" theme song, however, had a lasting impact on her career. In the sleeve notes for Bassey's 25th Anniversary Album , Peter Clayton noted that: "Acceptance in America was considerably helped by the enormous popularity of "Goldfinger" But she had actually established herself there as early as , in cabaret in New York.
She was also a success in Las Vegas But, concertwise, I always sell out. In the aftermath of "Goldfinger" her UK sales started to falter as well: only two of her singles would enter the UK Top 40 from to She had signed to United Artists , and her first album on that label, I've Got a Song for You , spent one week on the chart; from to , only two albums would chart, one of those a compilation.
One of her best-known singles, " Big Spender " was released in , charting just short of the UK Top Bassey began to live as a tax exile in , and was unable to work in Britain for almost two years.
Bassey's version of the song, with its chorus sung in Italian, became a Top 40 hit in Italy. Bassey recorded several songs in Italian, some appearing on the album La vita But her UK sales continued to suffer. Bassey's UK comeback came in , leading to one of the most successful periods of her career. Also that year, her album Something was released, and showcased a new Bassey style, a shift from traditional pop to more contemporary songs and arrangements the eponymous single was more successful in the UK charts than the original recording by The Beatles — although Bassey would never completely abandon what that had been her forte: standards, show tunes , and torch songs.
The success of "Something" single No. The final show of the first series was nominated for the Golden Rose of Montreux in The series featured guests including Neil Diamond , Michel Legrand , The Three Degrees and Dusty Springfield and featured Bassey in various international locations as well as in the television studio.
In , Bassey pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly "after shouting abuse in the street and pushing a policeman".
Throughout most of the s, Bassey focused on charitable work and performing occasional concert tours throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States. She had ended her contract with United Artists, whose former record division was now part of EMI, and began what she referred to as "semi-retirement". She recorded an album of James Bond themes, The Bond Collection in , but was apparently unhappy with the results so she declined to release it.
Five years later it was released anyway, Bassey sued in court, and all unsold copies were withdrawn. In the latter mids Bassey had started working with a vocal coach, a former opera singer, and her album Keep the Music Playing displayed a grand, operatic pop style on several songs perhaps also influenced by her album with the LSO seven years earlier.
The accompanying booklet opened with a poem by Marc Almond. Bassey collaborated with Chris Rea in the film La Passione , appearing in the film as herself and releasing the single " 'Disco' La Passione ". The remix of this single charted just outside the UK top We are still in shock Bassey played the Friday night at Henley Festival in Bassey was sued in a breach of contract case in by her former personal assistant, who also accused Bassey of hitting her and making an ethnic slur.
Bassey won the case. The following year, she performed the official song for the rugby World Cup, " World in Union ", with Bryn Terfel at the opening ceremony at The Millennium Stadium , Cardiff, wearing a gown designed on the Welsh flag. Their single made the Top 40, and Bassey contributed two more songs to the official album Land of My Fathers , which reached No.
In , Bassey was principal artiste at the Duke of Edinburgh 's 80th birthday celebration. Bassey celebrated 50 years in show business in with the release of the CD Thank You for the Years , which was another Top 20 album. Two popular Audiences with Shirley Bassey have aired on British television, one in that attracted more than 10 million viewers in the UK, with the second being broadcast in Bassey returned to perform in five arenas around the UK in June the same year, culminating at Wembley.
She was rushed to hospital in Monaco on 23 May to have an emergency operation on her stomach after complaining of abdominal pains. She was forced to pull out of the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute concert because of her illness. Bassey performed at a gala celebrating the 80th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev on 30 March It was her first appearance at an Oscars ceremony as a performer.
Her album, Hello Like Before was released on 17 November It includes a 50th-anniversary re-recording of "Goldfinger" recreating the original orchestration and a duet of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" with Paloma Faith , produced and conducted by Stuart Barr.
The series excluding the 7th highlights episode was repeated on BBC2 on non-consecutive Thursdays from 23 June — 4 August Bassey's first marriage was to Kenneth Hume in The couple separated in and divorced in in the wake of the singer's affair with actor Peter Finch.
Bassey then announced to the press that she and Finch would not be marrying, telling the press: "It simply wouldn't work out. Furthermore, Bassey focused on charitable work and performing occasional concert tours throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States throughout most of the s.
On 23 May , She was rushed to hospital in Monaco to have an emergency operation on her stomach after complaining of abdominal pains.
Married Biography. Shirley Bassey Bio. Last Modified August 16, I didn't feel like getting up and I said. Just as I was going back to sleep he said, "You wouldn't get up even for Damehood?Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE (/ ˈ b æ s i /; born 8 January ) is a Welsh singer whose career began in the mids, and is well known both for her deep, expressive contralto voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (), Diamonds Are Forever (), and Moonraker (). In January , Bassey became the first Welsh .