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We were ever so lucky to receive a signed wedding gift from our family member which she dedicated to me and my wife.
As you can imagine it takes pride of place in the Man/Bond cave! :-bd
Followed, very closely, by "This is my Life" :
I must say I quite like her first number 1 in Britain. Her voice sounds so clear and young, and there is little "belting" but at the end. Very sweet, actually.
And guess what - her second #1, "Reach For The Stars", was written by Austrian singer-song writer legend Udo Juergens.
No kiddin'? I didn't know that. Though I think Udo Jürgens has unfairly been put into the "Schlager-Fuzzi" category and was quite a musical genius in his compositions. He just knew how to make money with his arr.
An interesting question. From IMDb (Oliver! 1968):
Carol Reed had Shirley Bassey in mind for Nancy, but his choice was rejected by Hollywood studio bosses who felt that the public was not ready for a Black Nancy.
Feels weird to see race brought up with relation to Dame Shirl, as she is one of those people who you kind of forget has non-white heritage: I'm not sure I've even seen it mentioned more than a handful of times. She's not defined by that at all, which I guess you can see as positive or negative depending upon your viewpoint (perhaps you could say that she's never really embraced that side of her makeup), but I think it's notable that it was perceived as more of a problem for US bosses than for the maker of the film. Certainly in the UK I think she's seen more as the girl from Tiger Bay than anything to do with her race.
Me too! The topic should be renamed The Amazing, Peerless Shirley Bassey. Or Call Me Shirley: The Shirley Bassey Appreciation Thread.
My idea for titles:
A Midas Touch: Shirley Bassey Appreciation Thread 😊
The Woman With the Golden Voice: A Shirley Bassey Appreciation Thread.
Sing Sing Bang Bang: A Shirley Bassey Appreciation Thread
Voices Are Forever: A Shirley Bassey Appreciation Thread
Where is the Moonlight Trail that leads to your side? A Shirley Bassey Appreciation