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Shirley Bassey

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Known to Us citizens most on her behalf belting rendition from the theme to Goldfinger, the 1964 model in the Adam Connection series (in addition to 1971’s Diamond jewelry Are Forever and 1979’s Moonraker), Shirley Bassey was perhaps one of the most popular feminine vocalists in Britain over the last fifty percent of the 20th hundred years. Referred to as “Bassey the Belter” as well as the “Tigress of Tiger Bay,” her early profession in touring displays and cabaret brought her a documenting agreement with Philips with the later ’50s. After achieving the the surface of the United kingdom graphs in 1959 with “As I REALLY LIKE You” and afterwards “Grab the Superstars/Climb Every Hill,” Bassey was tapped to sing the theme tune to the 3rd Adam Bond automobile. Her tone of voice, brassy and sexy, conveyed the Adam Bond myth properly, and the tune became a huge hit in the us. Though later graph placings within the U.S. had been few, she continuing to accomplish well in the uk, France, and holland in to the mid-’70s. Delivered in January 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales, Bassey was the youngest of seven kids. Her parents, a Nigerian sailor and an British girl, divorced before she was 3 years old, however they held the family jointly generally, and Bassey could sing duets with her sibling at family members get-togethers. After completing school, she discovered employment at an area factory, and gained extra money performing at men’s night clubs after-hours. Bassey traveled around the united states in revues through the early ’50s, and produced her big breakout in 1955 in a London Xmas present distributed by comedian Al Read (though it had been promoted by bandleader Jack port Hylton, who got captured Bassey’s act on the close by Albany Membership). Immediately after, Bassey started showing up in Read’s revue, Such Is certainly Life. The display went for over per year and obtained her a documenting agreement with Philips. “Banana Fishing boat Song” strike the United kingdom TOP in early 1957, accompanied by her number 1 strikes, 1959’s “As I REALLY LIKE You” and 1961’s “Grab the Superstars/Climb Every Hill.” A 1962 pairing with arranger Nelson Riddle elevated her prestige in the us, along with a vaunted live present obtained her headlining areas in both NY and NEVADA through the early ’60s. Popular reputation in america emerged in early 1965, when “Goldfinger” strike number eight within the American graphs, instantly getting her signature tune over the Atlantic. (Strangely though, it skipped even the very best 20 in the uk.) Bassey’s strikes within the U.K. continuing in to the mid-’70s, led by TOP entries such as for example “Something,” “FOR EVERYONE WE REALIZE,” and “Under no circumstances Never Under no circumstances.” Following the crowning accomplishment of her profession, a 1977 Britannia Award for Greatest Female Solo Vocalist within the last 50 Years, Bassey obtained her own highly regarded BBC-TV present in the past due ’70s, but steadily slowed up her busy plan during the following 10 years. Semi-retired in Switzerland by 1981, she even so emerged often, spurred with the documenting of several tv special deals and LPs, including a 1987 time using the synth pop group Yello. Bassey became a lot more visible through the ’90s, starting a nightclub in Cardiff, and touring the planet several times.

Quick Facts


Full Name Shirley Bassey
Height 1.6 m
Profession Singer
Nationality Welsh, British
Spouse Sergio Novak, Kenneth Hume
Children Samantha Bassey, Sharon Novak, Mark Novak
Parents Eliza Jane Start, Henry Bassey
Siblings Ella Brutus, Eileen Hopkins, Iris Denning, Marina Hogan, Henry Bassey Jr., Edith Grace Biami
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist, World Music Award - Lifetime Achievement Award, NME Award for British Female Singer
Music Songs Goldfinger, Big Spender, Never Never Never, I, Where Do I Begin, As Long As He Needs Me, Get the Party Started, If You Go Away, Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, La Passione, For All We Know, Diamonds Are Forever, Yesterday When I Was Young, As I Love You, Reach For The Stars, And I Love You So, I Am What I Am, Light My Fire, This Is My Life, The Banana Boat Song, What Now My Love, Fool on the Hill, The Living Tree, Burn My Candle, The Greatest Performance of My Life, Something, No Regrets, Jezahel, You'll Never Know, With These Hands, I'll Get By
Albums I Am What I Am, Something, Hello Like Before, The Performance, This Is My Life (La vita), Love, Life and Feelings, The Bewitching Miss Bassey, The Fabulous Shirley Bassey, Shirley Bassey, The Bond Collection, Good, Bad but Beautiful, And We Were Lovers, You Take My Heart Away, Does Anybody Miss Me, Nobody Does It Like Me, Something Else, La Mujer, Shirley, This Is My Life, All by Myself, Keep the Music Playing, Never Never Never, The Greatest Hits: This Is My Life, Thank You for the Years, Bassey – The EMI/UA Years 1959 – 1979, Diamonds Are Forever: The Remix Album, The Shirley Bassey Collection, And I Love You So, The Shirley Bassey Singles Album, 12 Of Those Songs, Shirley Bassey at the Pigalle, Let's Face the Music, Shirley Bassey Sings the Movies, Showboat, As I Love You - The Early Years, Legends, I've Got You Under My Skin, 12 Hits, April in Paris, 100 Shirley Bassey, On TV, Vol. 1, 100 (100 Original Tracks Remastered), Fire Down Below, The Best Of Bassey, Shirley Bassey Sings the Standards, Alle 40 Goed
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, NME Award for World Female Singer, NME Award for British Vocal Personality
Movies Shirley Bassey: Divas Are Forever, Shirley Bassey: Standing Room Only, La Passione, Muppets 201: Rarities From the Henson Vault


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#Fact
1 Her surprise performance of "Goldfinger" at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, commemorating 50 years of James Bond films brought the house down. Bassey received a two minute standing ovation following her performance, more than any other performer that evening.
2 Auctioned off the contents of her London flat, with proceeds going to charity. She now lives in Monaco. [June 2005]
3 Had a charity auction at Christies in 2003. "Dame Shirley Bassey: 50 Years of Glittering Gowns" raised £250,000 (US$500,000) for the Dame Shirley Bassey Scholarship at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Noah's Ark Appeal. Swarovski purchased a number of significant lots to display them at Crystal Worlds Museum in Austria.
4 Her favorite songs are "Fever" by Peggy Lee, "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley, "Back To Black" by Amy Winehouse, "Have I Told You Lately" by Rod Stewart, "Saturday Night Fever" by The Bee Gees, "I've Got You Under My Skin" by Frank Sinatra, "We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner, "The Man That Got Away" by Judy Garland and "All By Myself" by Céline Dion.
5 She and Tom Jones are the only two Welsh artists (as of 2007) to have sung title songs from the James Bond series of movies.
6 Winner, in 1977, of BRIT award for Best British Female Solo Artist of the previous 25 years (1977 awards commemorated the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth).
7 Sang the theme songs for three of the James Bond movies -- more than any other performer. Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979). "Goldfinger" reached the #8 position on the Billboard Top 40 chart in February of 1965.
8 Her son, Mark, is her niece's biological son. She and her second husband adopted him in 1971. She also has two daughters with fathers she refuses to name.
9 Daughter Sharon has 4 sons.
10 Her first husband, Kenneth Hume, was openly homosexual and denied fathering any of her children born during their marriage.
11 Daughter Samantha was born in 1963. She drowned in 1985, after falling into the River Avon from The Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol. Bassey has always maintained that her daughter did not commit suicide.
12 Her father was Nigerian. She never knew him.
13 Her daughter Sharon was born in September, 1954. Shirley's sister raised her until she was nine. This caused a scandal when the public found out.
14 She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1994 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to entertainment.
15 Sang Perry Como's song "And I Love You So" at the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson.
16 She recorded the single "There's No Place Like London" written by Lynsey de Paul and Gerard Kenny.
17 She returned to the UK top 40 with the The Propellerheads on the hit single "History Repeating" in 1997 after an absence from the UK singles chart for 24 years.
18 She was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honors List for her services to entertainment.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Call the Midwife 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 2016 performer: "Jezahel"
Strictly Come Dancing 2014-2015 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Scream Queens 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Seriesly 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Got Talent 2012-2015 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Somewhere Over the Rainbow 2014 TV Movie documentary performer: "Goldfinger" - uncredited
Guapas 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing on Ice 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2013 TV Special performer: "Goldfinger"
The Hour 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everything or Nothing 2012 Documentary performer: "Goldfinger"
Celebrity Big Brother 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sushi Girl 2012 performer: "Diamonds Are Forever"
Hansi und Hubsi 2012 TV Movie performer: "Diamonds Are Forever Mantronik 007 Mix"
Sir Billi 2012 performer: "Guardian of the Highlands"
The Voice UK 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dokonalý svet 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Memòries de la tele 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2005-2010 TV Series 2 episodes
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 performer: "Get The Party Started"
The Sons of Tennessee Williams 2010 Documentary performer: "New York, New York"
Secret Diary of a Call Girl 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Paul O'Grady Show 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Graham Norton Show 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
BBC Electric Proms 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
...Sings The Beatles 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Something"
The Real Hustle 2009 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
De l'autre côté du lit 2008 performer: "Kiss me honey, honey kiss me"
The X Factor 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2008 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Two and a Half Men 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off.... to Glastonbury 2007 TV Movie performer: "No Regrets Non Je Ne Regrette Rien" - uncredited
A Taste of My Life 2007 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Nynne 2005 performer: "Big Spender"
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 performer: "Big Spender"
Huips 2004 TV Movie performer: "Big Spender"
Nip/Tuck 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Die Lugners 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Happy Anniversary Mr. Bond 2002 TV Movie documentary performer: "Goldfinger"
Die Another Day: From Script to Screen 2002 Video performer: "Diamonds Are Forever"
Merci Docteur Rey 2002 performer: "If You Go Away"
Undertaking Betty 2002 performer: "Lets Fall In Love"
Bond Girls Are Forever 2002 TV Movie documentary performer: "Diamonds are Forever", "Goldfinger", "The Living Daylights"
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace 2002 TV Movie documentary performer: "Goldfinger"
Daria 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Little Voice 1998 performer: "Goldfinger"
There's Something About Mary 1998 "History Repeating"
Ik ben je moeder niet 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Heartbeat 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Muuttolinnun aika 1991 "Kiss Me Honey, Honey" / performer: "Kiss Me Honey, Honey"
Nick Knight 1989 TV Movie performer: "The Rhythm Devine" - uncredited
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Moonraker 1979 performer: "Moonraker"
Saint Jack 1979 performer: "Goldfinger"
Het is weer zo laat! 1978 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Mike Douglas Show 1972 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Diamonds Are Forever 1971 performer: "Diamonds are Forever"
The Ed Sullivan Show 1971 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Deadfall 1968 performer: "My Love Has Two Faces"
Shindig! 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Liquidator 1965 performer: "THE LIQUIDATOR"
The Danny Kaye Show 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Goldfinger 1964 performer: "Goldfinger"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Die Gang 1997 TV Series performer - 6 episodes
La lotta dell'uomo per la sua sopravvivenza 1970 TV Series theme - 12 episodes

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shirley Bassey at the BBC 2016 TV Movie
Sings the Great American Songbook 2010 TV Movie
After Hours 1958 TV Series

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strictly Come Dancing 2009-2015 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The Graham Norton Show 2009-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Guest
The Royal Variety Performance 2014 2014 TV Movie Herself
The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Performer: Goldfinger (as Dame Shirley Bassey)
The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012 TV Special Herself - Performer
National Movie Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Performer
Brit Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Herself - Presenter (as Dame Shirley Bassey)
The Paul O'Grady Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Imagine 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself - Performer
BBC Electric Proms 2009 TV Series Herself
Glastonbury 2007 2007 TV Series documentary Herself - Performer
The British Soap Awards 2007 2007 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Dame Edna Treatment 2007 TV Series Herself - Special Guest
All Time Greatest Movie Songs 2006 TV Special Herself (as Dame Shirley Bassey)
Another Audience with Shirley Bassey 2006 TV Special Herself - Performer (as Dame Shirley Bassey)
The Royal Variety Performance 2005 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself (as Dame Shirley Bassey)
Avenue of the Stars: 50 Years of ITV 2005 TV Special Herself
Standing Room Only 2004 Video Herself
The National Music Awards 2003 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
V Graham Norton 2003 TV Series Herself
Parkinson 2003 TV Series Herself
The Jubilee Girl 2002 TV Movie Herself - Interviewee
James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
An Audience with Des O'Connor 2001 TV Special Herself (as Dame Shirley Bassey)
80 Years: A Royal Celebration 2001 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Shirley Bassey: Divas Are Forever 2000 Video documentary Herself
The Bond Sound: The Music of 007 2000 Video documentary short Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 2000 2000 TV Movie documentary Herself
Des O'Connor Tonight 1996-1999 TV Series Herself
This Is My Life 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
La passione 1996 Herself
A Royal Gala 1996 TV Movie Herself
Happy Birthday Shirley 1996 TV Movie Herself
The World of James Bond 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
An Audience with Shirley Bassey 1995 TV Special Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 1994 TV Movie Herself
Michael Ball 1994 TV Series Herself
The World Choir 1993 Video Herself
La ronda 1991 TV Series Herself
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar 1989 TV Series Herself - Performer
Live from Her Majesty's 1986-1988 TV Series Herself
After Ten with Tarbuck 1988 TV Series Herself
Le grand échiquier 1988 TV Series Herself - Main Guest
Sábado noche 1988 TV Series Herself
Royal Variety Performance 1987 1987 TV Movie Herself
Bassey: You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet 1985 Video Herself
Bei Bio 1985 TV Series Herself - Gast
An Audience with Dudley Moore 1981 TV Movie Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The Muppet Show 1980 TV Series Herself - Special Guest Star
A Special Lady 1980 TV Movie Herself
The Shirley Bassey Show 1976-1979 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell 1975 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1972 TV Series Herself - Singer
This Is Your Life 1972 TV Series documentary Herself
The David Frost Show 1969-1972 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1969-1972 TV Series Herself - Co-Host / Herself -Co-Host / Singer / ...
Sez Les 1972 TV Series Herself
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1971 TV Series Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 1971 1971 TV Movie Herself
Disco 1971 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1971 TV Series Herself
The Harry Secombe Show 1971 TV Series Herself
TV-Wunderland 1971 TV Movie Herself - Musician
Top of the Pops 1971 TV Series Breakfast In Bed
Night-Club 1971 TV Series Herself - Musician
The Ed Sullivan Show 1960-1971 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer / Sketch Actor
Wünsch dir was 1971 TV Series Herself
This Is Tom Jones 1971 TV Series documentary Herself
Pauls Silvesterparty 1970 TV Movie Herself
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show 1970 TV Series Herself
The Red Skelton Hour 1966-1969 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist / Herself
BBC Show of the Week 1969 TV Series Herself
The Spring Thing 1969 TV Movie Himself
Bassey at Chequers 1968 TV Movie Herself - Singer
Europarty 1968 TV Series Herself
Showtime 1968 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Herself
All Systems Freeman 1968 TV Series Herself - Singer
The London Palladium Show 1966-1967 TV Series Herself
The Golden Shot 1967 TV Series Herself - Guest
Dee Time 1967 TV Series Herself
Center Stage 1967 TV Mini-Series Herself - Singer
The Heart of Show Business 1967 TV Movie Herself - Performer
The Dean Martin Show 1967 TV Series Herself
Shirley Bassey Special 1966 TV Movie Herself
The Andy Williams Show 1966 TV Series Herself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1965-1966 TV Series Herself
Shindig! 1966 TV Series Herself - Singer
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1961-1965 TV Series Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 1965 1965 TV Special Herself
The New London Palladium Show 1965 TV Series Herself
Blackpool Night Out 1965 TV Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1957-1965 TV Series Herself / Herself - Top of the Bill
The Danny Kaye Show 1965 TV Series Herself
Zomercaroussel 1964 TV Movie Herself
The Celebrity Game 1964 TV Series Herself
Eurovision 10ème anniversaire 1964 TV Movie Herself
Amigos del martes 1963 TV Series Herself
Wide World of Entertainment 1963 TV Movie Herself
The Garry Moore Show 1962 TV Series Herself
Juke Box Jury 1960-1962 TV Series Herself - Panellist / Herself - Surprise Guest
The Bing Crosby Show 1961 TV Special Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 1961 1961 TV Movie Herself
The Tin Pan Alley Show 1960 TV Series Herself - Performer
Spectacular 1959-1960 TV Series Herself - Host / Herself - Guest
Oh Boy! 1959 TV Series Herself
Music Shop 1959 TV Series Herself - Performer
Variety Parade 1958 TV Series Herself
Six-Five Special 1957-1958 TV Series Herself
Say It with Music 1957 TV Mini-Series Herself
Off the Record 1957 TV Series Herself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Timeshift 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
Blood and Thunder: The Sound of Alberts 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Singer
Glastonbury Golden Greats 2015 TV Movie Herself
Somewhere Over the Rainbow 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Glasgow: Big Night Out 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Morecambe & Wise: The Whole Story 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
... Sings James Bond 2012 TV Movie Herself - Goldfinger / Diamonds Are Forever
100 Years of the Royal Variety Performance 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself
Everything or Nothing 2012 Documentary Herself
The Many Faces of... 2011 TV Series documentary Herself
Breakfast 2011 TV Series Herself - Singer
Eric & Ernie: Behind the Scenes 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Memòries de la tele 2010 TV Series Herself
30 Years of 'An Audience With...' 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
The Graham Norton Show 2009 TV Series Herself
The Paul O'Grady Show 2009 TV Series Herself
...Sings The Beatles 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault 2009 Documentary Herself
20 to 1 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
The Comedy Christmas 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
James Bond's Greatest Hits 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Best of the Royal Variety 2006 TV Series Herself
Cançons per no oblidar, el disc de la Marató 2005 TV Movie Herself
Loops! 2005 TV Series Herself
Video on Trial 2005 TV Series Herself
Movie Music Mania 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Favouritism 2005 TV Series Herself
Diva Graham Norton 2003 TV Movie Herself
Strangers in the Night: The Bert Kaempfert Story 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Det kan aldrig blive for meget 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Real Shirley Bassey 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself
Room 101 1999 TV Series Herself
Omnibus 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
Nobody Does It Better: The Music of James Bond 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) TV Musical Performance of the Year The Oscars (2013)


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#Quote
1 [on being awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the the British Empire] I was asleep and my manager came to wake me up because we were going out that night. I didn't feel like getting up and I said. "Go away, let me sleep". Just as I was going back to sleep he said, "You wouldn't get up even for Damehood?" I had to keep quiet for seven weeks. I nearly had a nervous breakdown. I was afraid to go out in case I told someone - my social life was nil.


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