Dame Shirley Bassey
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE was born on 8 January 1937 in Cardiff, Wales. She is a singer who has continued a successful worldwide career. She is best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979).
She was the last child of Eliza Jane and Henry Bassey. She is of paternal Nigerian and maternal English heritage. At fifteen, she first found employment packing at a local factory while singing in local public houses and clubs in the evenings and weekends.
In the early and mid 1960s, Bassey had numerous hits on the UK charts, and five albums in the top 15. In 1965, she enjoyed her first U.S. Top 10 chart hit with the title song of the James Bond film, Goldfinger. She appeared frequently on many American television talk shows such as those hosted by Johnny Carson. Also in 1965, she sang the title track for the spoof James Bond film The Liquidator.
From 1964 onwards the "Goldfinger" single had a lasting impact on her career:
Bassey's UK comeback came in 1970, leading to one of the most successful periods of her career. In this year, she returned to the UK with a record breaking run of performances at the Talk of the Town nightclub
Throughout most of the 1980s, she focused on charitable work and performing occasional concert tours throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States.
In 2001, Bassey was principal artiste at the Duke of Edinburgh’s 80th Birthday celebration. Then, in 2003, she celebrated 50 years in show business, releasing the CD Thank You for the Years, which was another Top 20 album.
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