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1957 (A young Shirley Bassey recorded this Johnny Mercer / Harold Arlen American Songbook Standard back in 1956 and it was released as a track on her first LP in 1957. One of the songs from this LP, 'Born To Sing The Blues' was released as a single in 1956. Shirley has recorded & performed many genre's of music over her past 58+ years in show business due to her powerful voice & musical instincts, but jazz & the blues were among the first that she mastered. ABOUT this song: "Blues in the Night" is a popular song which has become a pop standard and is generally considered to be part of the Great American Songbook. The music was written by Harold Arlen, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, for a 1941 film begun with the working title Hot Nocturne, but finally released as Blues in the Night. The song is sung in the film by William Gillespie. Arlen and Mercer wrote the entire score for the 1941 film Blues in the Night. One requirement was for a blues song to be sung in a jail cell. As usual with Mercer, the composer wrote the music first, then Mercer wrote the words. Arlen said, The whole thing just poured out. And I knew in my guts, without even thinking what Johnny would write for a lyric, that this was strong, strong, strong! When Mercer wrote "Blues in the Night", I went over his lyric and I started to hum it over his desk. It sounded marvelous once I got to the second stanza but that first twelve was weak tea. On the third or fourth page of his work sheets I saw some lines—one of them was "My momma done tol' me, when I was in knee pants." I said, "Why don't you try that?" It was one of the very few times I've ever suggested anything like that to John. When they finished writing the song, Mercer called a friend, singer Margaret Whiting, and asked if they could come over and play it for her. She suggested they come later because she had dinner guests—Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, and Martha Raye. Instead, Arlen and Mercer went right over. Margaret Whiting remembered what happened then: They came in the back door, sat down at the piano and played the score of "Blues in the Night". I remember forever the reaction. Mel got up and said, "I can't believe it." Martha couldn't say a word. Mickey Rooney said, "That's the greatest thing I've ever heard." Judy Garland said, "Play it again." We had them play it seven times. Judy and I ran to the piano to see who was going to learn it first. It was a lovely night. A few of the great singers/musicians from the past who recorded this song were Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Woody Herman, Louis Armstrong, Jo Stafford, Doris Day, Billy Eckstine, Julie London, Cab Calloway, Kate Smith, Van Morrison, The Group Chicago, and of course, Shirley who was a teenager when she recorded it. A few of the younger generation artists who have recorded this song include Amy Winehouse, Eva Cassidy, and Katie Melua. ALL versions are Great, because the song itself is a Classic for ALL generations! LYRICS: My mama done tol' me, when I was in pig tails My mama done tol' me, " Child a man'll sweet talk" And give ya the big eye, but when the sweet talkin's done A man is a two-face, A worrisome thing who'll leave ya to sing the blues in the night Now the rain's a-fallin', hear the train's a-callin, "Whooee!" (My mama done tol' me) Hear dat lonesome whistle blowin' 'cross the trestle, "Whooee!" (My mama done tol' me) A-whooee-ah-whooee ol' clickety-clack's a-echoin' back th' blues in the night The evenin' breeze'll start the trees to cryin' and the moon'll hide its light when you get the blues in the night Take my word, the mockingbird'll sing the saddest kind o' song, he knows things are wrong, and he's right From Natchez to Mobile, from Memphis to St. Joe, wherever the four winds blow I been in some big towns an' heard me some big talk, but there is one thing I know A man is a two-face, a worrisome thing who'll leave ya to sing the blues in the night
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1979 (Veteran Vocal Powerhouse, Shirley Bassey, BELTS out this Classic which was a Hit for her in the 1960's - This version is from From her 1979 TV Variety Show) Shirley first recorded and released the song, I Who Have Nothing' as a Columbia Single in 1963. ABOUT the song: "I (Who Have Nothing)" is based on the Italian song "Uno dei tanti," (English: "One of Many") with music by Carlo Donida and lyrics by Giulio "Mogol" Rapetti.[1] "Uno dei tanti" was released by Joe Sentieri in 1961. The lyrics for "I (Who Have Nothing)" were translated into English by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Shirley Bassey released the song (produced by George Martin) in September 1963, reaching #6 on the UK charts. She performs the song at almost every live concert she gives, and it is on many of her compilation albums, including I Am What I Am with the London Symphony Orchestra, and her 1989 album La Mujer where she sings it in Spanish ("Hoy No Tengo Nada"). She has also been instrumental in making Donida's music known to English speaking audiences through arranging for translations from the Italian, having performed with the composer conducting his own music on Italian television. LYRICS: I, I who have nothing I, I who have no one Adore you and want you so I'm just a no one, with nothing to give you but oh I love you You, you buy her diamonds Bright, sparkling diamonds But believe me, dear, when I say That she can give you the world (sometimes: That you can give her the world) But she'll never love you the way I love you You can take her any place she wants To fancy clubs and restaurants But I can only watch you with My nose pressed up against the window paneI, I who have nothing I, I who have no one Must watch you, go dancing by Wrapped in the arms of somebody else When darling it is I Who love you I Love You.... I Love You... I Love You........
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1957 (A teenage Shirley Bassey recorded this American Songbook 'Blues' Standard back in 1956 and it was released as a track on her first LP in 1957. One of the songs from this LP, 'Born To Sing The Blues' was released as a single in 1956. Shirley has recorded & performed many genre's of music over her past 58+ years in show business due to her powerful voice & musical instincts, but jazz & the blues were among the first that she mastered. ABOUT This song: "The Birth of the Blues" is a popular song. The music was written by Ray Henderson, the lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. The song was published in 1926, and recorded by Cab Calloway in 1943 or 1944. The song was later a hit for Frank Sinatra and was frequently performed by popular singers such as Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey, Keely Smith, Jack Teagarden and Pearl Bailey. An Oscar nominated (Music Scoring) film "Birth of the Blues" starring Bing Crosby was released in 1941. LYRICS: Oh, they say some people long ago Were searching for a diffrent tune One that they could croon As only they can They only had the rhythm solved They started swaying to and fro They didn't know just what to use And this is how the blues really began They heard the breeze in the trees Singing weird melodies And they made that the start of the blues And from a jail came the wail Of a down-hearted frail And they played that As part of the blues From a whippoorwill Out on a hill They took a new note Pushed it through a horn Till it was worn Into a blue note And then they nursed it Rehearsed it And gave out the news That the Southland gave birth to the blues And then they nursed it Rehearsed it And gave out the news That the Southland gave birth to the blues That the Southland, they gave birth to the blues
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1995 (Two wonderful covers from the veteran songstress with the big voice, Shirley Bassey. Vampire Diaries pictures & Video is included in this clip) Shirley Bassey recorded and released these two songs on her 1995 CD titled, 'Shirley Bassey Sings The Movies.' The song 'It Must Have Been Love' was included in the soundtrack of the movie, 'Pretty Woman' LYRICS - It Must Have Been Love) Lay a whisper On my pillow Leave the winter On the ground I wake up lonely There's air of silence In the bedroom And all around Touch me now I close my eyes And dream away It must have been love But it's over now It must have been good But I lost it somehow It must have been love But it's over now From the moment we touched Till the time had ran out Make believing We're together That I'm sheltered By your heart But in and outside I've turned to water Like a teardrop In your palm And it's a hard Winter's day I dream away It must have been love But it's over now It was all that I wanted Now I'm living without It must have been love But it's over now It's where the water flows It's where the wind blows It must have been love But it's over now It was all that I wanted Now I'm living without It must have been love But it's over now It must have been good But I lost it somehow It must have been love But it's over now LYRICS - Lets Stay Together: I, I'm so in love with you Whatever you want to do It's all right with me 'Cause you make me feel so brand new And now, I want to spend my life with you Since, since we've been together Loving you forever Is what I need Let me be the one you come running to And I'll never ever be untrue Let's, let's stay together Loving you forever Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad Why, why do people break up Turn around and make up I just can't see But you'll never do that to me Being around you is all I see Let's, let's stay together Loving you, whether - Times are good or bad, happy or sad Let's, let's stay together Loving you, whether - Times are good or bad, happy or sad Good or bad, happy or sad Let's, let's stay together
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1972 (Two beautiful songs from Shirley Bassey, 'And I Love You So' LP) The incomparable Shirley. Bassey, as always, places her unique stamp on these two beautiful tracks with her powerful, but beautifully moving renditions of these two wonderful songs! ABOUT - And I Love You So LP: Released late in 1972 to positive reviews, this was Bassey's fourth album of the decade and was one of the albums which comprised her 'comeback' period of the 1970s. Unlike the earlier albums, this didn't feature any hit singles and consequently didn't fare as well as the previous three. It made No.24, and remained on the chart for 9 weeks, reaching its peak on Christmas week, resulting in higher than average sales. ABOUT Bless The Beasts and Children: Bless the Beasts and Children is a 1971 film adaptation of the eponymous novel, by Glendon Swarthout, that was directed by Stanley Kramer, featuring Bill Mumy and Barry Robins. The music for the film was composed by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.. Their score for the movie included an instrumental selection titled "Cotton's Dream," which was later rescored to become "Nadia's Theme", the theme song of the soap opera The Young and the Restless (produced by Columbia's television division, now Sony Pictures Television). The soundtrack for the film also includes the movie's theme song sung by The Carpenters. Bless the beasts and the children For in this world they have no voice They have no choice Bless the beasts and the children For the world can never be The world they see Light their way When the darkness surrounds them Give them love Let it shine all around them Bless the beasts and the children Give them shelter from a storm Keep them safe Keep them warm ABOUT the song, Someday: Richard Carpenter co-wrote this song with John Bettis and The Carpenters released it in 1969 on their first LP titled, 'Ticket To Ride'. I have read that Karen who recorded this song at 19 yo had a cold at the time and was never happy with it. If this is how she sounded with a cold, then it's no wonder why the world fell in love with her. LYRICS: Someday, rested from hours of sleeping We'll stay safely behind what we're keeping You'll seem warmer than I had remembered you Lying so close I'll be able to feel you breathe I could never leave One day, when I am able to love you I'll come back from wherever I've been to I'll see you looking the same as you always have Lovely, so lovely, I'll cling to the love you give So I'll start to live Someday is coming If I believe it Someday always brings the good life you knew ... Ever back to you How I need you Someday, all I can give you is someday Someday, all I can offer is someday Please say that you'll be waiting when someday comes Promise me this and a kiss, to keep what you are Always close to me Someday!
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1974 (Three songs that 'Give A Message' superbly sung by Shirley from her LP titled, 'Nobody Does It Like Me) Although this particular Bassey LP didn't originally sell as well as Shirley's prior 5, I still enjoyed creating and uploading this montage. Why? Anyone who takes an unbiased moment to listen to these wonderful songs will probably go out and buy the CD, which by the way, is available. Here, Shirley shows off her huge range of genre in music along with that big voice, of course! Although I enjoy it when Shirley sings the song, 'Nobody Does It Like Me' live, my only change would not to have made this the lead song. My choice would have been, 'Leave A Little Room' (To Start Again). In my mind I can imagine Shirley in concert changing the ending to not have the trail off as shown in the studio recording, but to apply one of her famously powerful big endings! Oh well...was not to be, the song is still great! I chose the next song, 'Davy' because of the message it sends. Davy represents the troubled youth around the world, a parents love for them and the hope that they will come home. I'm not Anyone is a beatiful song which gives Shirley the opportunity to soar vocally. It's her trademark so each LP must contain songs like this. (Regards, Scot) ABOUT the LP - Nobody Does It Like Me: Nobody Does It Like Me is a 1974 album by Shirley Bassey. Bassey had been on a roll since 1970, scoring three top ten singles and three ten top albums (and several other re-issues and compilations that sold well). Nobody Does It Like Me was recorded with a new producer, George Butler, and brought a partial return to the traditional pop sound of Bassey's pre-1970s career. She would never completely abandon the music that had been her forte, standards, showtunes, and torch songs, though these styles had been updated with fresh arrangements ever since the album that rejuvenated her career, 1970's Something. But here, the title track "Nobody Does It Like Me" and "When You Smile" harken back to the big band era. On other songs the brass section, the electric jazz guitar, the lush, soaring strings, and the electric bass guitar lines which hint of smooth jazz and soft rock, return the album to the adult contemporary genre. Bassey's soaring vocals on Paul Anka's "I'm Not Anyone" and the slightly funky "Morning in Your Eyes" contrast with a delicately rendered "Davy". The duet "Davy", recorded with the song's composer Bernard Ighner, is one of the rare occasions that Bassey would share the credits with another vocalist, it was also issued as a single and hit #44 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. The album closes with Stevie Wonder's You Are the Sunshine of My Life, a song which works both in the worlds of cabaret and pop, reflecting well her crossover appeal; however, entering into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 or the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 was continuing to prove elusive, and for reasons that are unclear, this album failed to chart in the UK, and peaked at #142 in the US. It represents a hiccup in her assault on the charts in the 1970s, and perhaps reflects the influence and contributions of Noel Rogers and Johnny Harris, who produced her first five studio albums of the 70s but stepped down from those roles beginning with this album. But after her Japan-only released live album later this year, her next two albums would be top 15 albums in the UK. LYRICS - Leave A Little Room: If your heart is breaking 'Cause your dream's not coming true Leave a little room to start again If your faith is shaken Though it seems you thought it through Leave a little room for it to mend Leave a little room to find a friend Leave a little room to start again First you think you're alone And the world's made of stone And the game isn't fair 'Till you know someone cares If your love is leaving And you thought that it was true Leave a little room to think again If your heart is bleeding And you don't know what to do Leave a little room for it to mend Leave a little room to find a friend Leave a little room to start again And you're glad you're alive You've got nothing to hide And the feeling is free And the feeling is me If your heart is breaking 'Cause your dream's not coming true Leave a little room to start again If your love is leaving And you thought that it was true Leave a little room to find it Put a little faith behind it Leave a little room and start again Leave a little room to find it Put a little faith behind it Leave a little room and start again Many thanks to the Shirley Bassey Blog, and all those who have contributed wonderful pictures of Shirley, which are used in this clip.
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1999 (An inspirational anthem by veteran entertainer/recording artist, Shirley Bassey, and the Black Mountain Male Chorus) World In Union is officially the Anthem of the Rugby World Cup sporting event, and over the years it has been recorded by many artists. Dame Shirley delivers a vibrantly/rich POP flavor to the song and she is accompanied by the Black Mountain Male Chorus; most of the other renditions have been recorded by classical artists. (All are good....just different!) In addition to some World Cup Rugby photos, many of the pictures included are from the Olympics. The lyrics of this song are really about the world coming together in peace, and also about striving to be the best that one can be, no matter what one is striving for. What a wonderful & unique concept! Unfortunately, as of late, the only place where this seems to happen is at World Sports Events. The athletes symbolize the words of this song, and visa versa! (Regards, Scot) MORE About This Song: "World in Union", with lyrics by Charlie Skarbek, is a theme song for the Rugby World Cup that attempts to capture the spirit of international friendship which pervades rugby union culture the world over. The melody is "Thaxted" — the stately theme from the middle section of "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity", a movement from Gustav Holst's "The Planets", and was originally adapted by Holst for its use in the English/Anglican patriotic hymn, "I Vow to Thee My Country". The song was commissioned by the International Rugby Board (at that time the International Rugby Football Board), the sport's governing body, in 1991 and it has now become synonymous with the "gathering of the nations" that the four-yearly tournament represents. The 1999 Single was recorded both as a duet with Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel, a solo version by Shirley, and a version with just the chorus. This single reached #35 on the Charts. (Most of Bassey's record sales over the past 5 decades have been not from singles, but from sale of her long playing LPs/CD's) LYRICS: There's a dream I feel, so rare, so real All the world in union The world as one Gathering together One mind, one heart Every creed, every colour Once joined, never apart Searching for the best in me I will find what I can be If I win, lose or draw It's a victory for all It's the world in union The world as one As we climb to reach our destiny A new age has begun We face high mountains Must cross rough seas We must take our place in history And live with dignity It's the world in union The world as one As we climb to reach our destiny A new age has begun Build a world A world in union A new age has begun
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1966 (Shirley's friend, Norman Newell wrote the English Words to this beautiful Italian song, and Shirley recorded it back in 1966. Unfortunately, this track was one of those extra songs which never made it on to an LP. Thankfully, 28 years later in 1994, this song was included on an EMI Compilation CD, and since then probably has been included on many other such CDs. ABOUT this song: This is an Academy-award winning song with a strange story. It started as an 1962 instrumental entitled "Ti Guardero nel Cuore", featured in the exploitation mockumentary Mondo Cane. Later, English lyrics were added by Newell, and the song became a highly popular new standard of the 1960s. Ortolani would later compose the eerily beautiful theme for Cannibal Holocaust, one of the most disturbing films ever made. The movie mentioned above was disturbing but once this song was written with English words, it was recorded by many of the greats including Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Connie Francis, Nat King Cole, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and of course Shirley. LYRICS: More than the greatest love the world has known This is the love that i give to you alone More than the simple words I try to say I only live to love you more each day More than you`ll ever know My arms long to hold you so My life will be in your keeping Waking - sleeping - laughing - weeping Longer than always is a long long time But far beyond forever You`ll be mine I know I`ve never lived before And my heart is very sure No one else could love you more More than the greatest love the world has known This is the love that I give to you alone More than the simple words I try to say I only live to love you more each day More than you`ll ever know My arms long to hold you so My life will be in your keeping Waking - sleeping - laughing - weeping Longer than always is a long long long time But far beyond forever You`ll be mine I know i`ve never lived before And my heart is very sure No one else Could love you mooooorrrrrre
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1972 (Two inspirational LOVE songs from Shirley Bassey's LP Titled, 'And I Love You So') The incomparable Shirley. Bassey, as always, places her unique stamp on these two beautiful tracks with her powerful, but beautifully moving renditions of these two wonderful songs! ABOUT I Don't Know How To Love Him: "I Don't Know How to Love Him" is a song from the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar written by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), a torch ballad sung by the character of Mary Magdalene who in Jesus Christ Superstar is presented as bearing an unrequited love for the title character. As she has done with many songs from musicals, Shirley Bassey places her own individual stamp and has recorded this as a POP Song, with a different arrangement that the original musical score. LYRICS - I Don't Know How To Love Him: I don't know how to love him. What to do, how to move him. I've been changed, yes really changed. In these past few days, when I've seen myself, I seem like someone else. I don't know how to take this. I don't see why he moves me. He's a man. He's just a man. And I've had so many men before, In very many ways, He's just one more. Should I bring him down? Should I scream and shout? Should I speak of love, Let my feelings out? I never thought I'd come to this. What's it all about? Don't you think it's rather funny, I should be in this position. I'm the one who's always been So calm, so cool, no lover's fool, Running every show. He scares me so. I never thought I'd come to this. What's it all about? Yet, if he said he loved me, I'd be lost. I'd be frightened. I couldn't cope, just couldn't cope. I'd turn my head. I'd back away. I wouldn't want to know. He scares me so. I want him so. I love him so LYRICS - If We Only Have Love: If we only have love then tomorrow we'll dawn and the days of our years will rise on that morn' if we only have love to embrase without fears we will kiss with our eyes we will sleep without tears if we only have love with our arms open wide then the young and the old will stand at our side if we only have love love that's falling like rain then the parch desert Earth will grow green again if we only have love for the hym that we shout for the song that we sing then we'll have a way out if we only have love we can reach those in pain we can heal all our wounds we can use our own names if we only have love we can melt all the guns and then give the new world to our daughters and sons if we only have love then Jersusalem's stands and then death has no shadow there are no foreign lands if we only have love we will never bow down we'll be tall as the pines neither here or nor clowns if we only have love then we'll only be men and we'll drink from the grail to be born once again then with nothing at all but the middle we are we'll have conquered all time all space the sun and the stars Many thanks to the Shirley Bassey Blog, and all those who have contributed wonderful pictures of Shirley, which are used in this clip.
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1987 (This song is GREAT by veteran vocalist/entertainer, Shirley Bassey!!, Producer and musical Instrumentals by Yello) ABOUT this song: "The Rhythm Divine" is a 1987 song by Boris Blank, Dieter Meier, and Billy Mackenzie. The single was released by Yello and Shirley Bassey in 1987, and was the first single released by Shirley Bassey on a CD single. Dieter Meier, half of the Swiss Electro-group Yello, approached Shirley Bassey in 1987 regarding a possible collaboration. "The Rhythm Divine" was written specially with her voice in mind. The song also appears on Yello album One Second, which was also released in 1987, and a remastered and slightly remixed version was released in 1992 on the CD Essential Yello. This version also appeared in 2003 on the Netherlands album release Het Beste Van Shirley Bassey. In 1989 Yello released a remix medley of several of their recordings on the CD single "Of Course I'm Lying", known as the "Metropolitan Mixdown 1989 Part II", the medley also contains a fragment of "The Rhythm Divine". Bassey's vocals were recorded at Yello's studio in Zurich, it is reported in about 40 minutes. The song blends the electro-pop sound of the 1980s with a classic big Bassey ballad, and met with approval across the board, from previous fans but also introduced Shirley Bassey to a whole new generation. There was a video made which featured both Shirley Bassey and Yello, this was released on the Yello compilation video Essential Yello in 1992. Live performances were made regularly by Shirley Bassey in the following year, but with a different arrangement that could be performed with an orchestra. The single was also released in the US and Canada on the Polygram Vertigo label, on a 2-set 12" single, which included the 12" version LYRICS: You know that my tears, have kept me awake The longer you're gone, I'll hunger and shake From Warsaw to Rome, I'll wait out of time With you in my heart The Rhythm Divine So won't you come close, bring this to an end With each Winter rose, my love I will send So tender the night, when you hold me tight With you in my heart The Rhythm Divine With you in my heart The Rhythm Divine You know that these tears, have kept me awake The longer you're gone, I'll hunger and shake From Warsaw to Rome, I'll wait out of time With you in my heart The Rhythm Divine The Rhythm Divine The Rhythm Divine With you in my heart The Rhythm Divine Thank-you to the Shirley Bassey Blog and other fans of Ms. Bassey who have supplied many pictures for this clip!!
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1967 (Shirley Bassey recorded this Fun Uplifting Country song many years ago...It's a great cover of the song Eddy Arnold had a hit with in the 1966, and it's one of the very few country songs Shirley has ever recorded. Country fans - Those of you who know of Shirley, will also know that she is not a country singer, but this is a fun song, and Shirley did a great job with it. Anyone giving this a full listen, I believe, will enjoy it.) ABOUT this song by Eddy Arnold: "Somebody Like Me" is a 1966 single by Eddy Arnold. "Somebody Like Me" was a number one country song spending four weeks at the top spot and a total of eighteen weeks on the chart. ABOUT the writer, Wayne Carson Thompson: Carson wanted to pick up a guitar when he was about 14, after hearing a recording by Merle Travis. Even so, he was quickly taken by the newer sound of rock 'n' roll. He lived in several cities, including Denver, as a young man leading bands; and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1962. He eventually came back to Springfield where he began working with music publisher and promoter Si Siman. Together they pitched songs for years, but without success until Siman's friend and producer Chet Atkins took a liking to a tune called "Somebody Like Me" and wanted to have Eddy Arnold record it. Carson was taken aback when he got a call from Arnold, one of the most successful country acts of all time. "Eddy said, 'Wayne, I love the song, but it needs another verse'," Carson recalled. "So I said, 'Well, the third verse goes like this' and I just wrote it right there over the phone." The song became his first number one hit in late 1966, and spent four weeks on top of the country charts. ABOUT the LP, 'And We Were Lovers' And We Were Lovers is a 1967 album by Shirley Bassey. It didn't chart, and reflected the beginning of something of a cold streak for Bassey in terms of record sales. From 1961 to 1965 Bassey had five albums enter the top 15 of the UK Albums Chart. 1966's I've Got a Song for You spent only one week on the UK chart, and from there until 1970, Bassey would have only two albums enter the charts, one of those a compilation. Bassey was stuck in a style that had brought her great success, but was pehaps becoming a bit stale (to be sure, it was the formula that was becoming dated, not Bassey's impressive interpretations). And We Were Lovers reflects the formula, a traditional pop mix of show tunes and popular songs. The album is especially notable as the first appearance by her of Big Spender, and the single that was issued hit #21 on the charts. And We Were Lovers was recorded in America and in England. The American release replaced "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" with "Walking Happy", which was not available in the UK until the release of a compilation album The Shirley Bassey Collection II in the mid 1970's. A different version of "Big Spender", produced by Kenneth Hume and arranged by Marty Paich, also appeared only on the US issue. These two recordings are included as bonus tracks on a 2005 BGO Records release that has a remastered And We Were Lovers and I've Got a Song for You on a single CD in stereo. LYRICS: Your baby loves you now so don't make him blue now You'd better start bein' true now I'm telling you why Because if you break his heart somebody's gonna come along And she'll steal him away from you somebody like me Let me tell you friend I'm not botherin' But I think it's such a sin if you don't treat him right Because if you break his heart... somebody's gonna come along And she'll steal her away from you somebody like me He wants to be held tight now each and every night now You'd better treat him right now I'm telling you why Because if you break his heart... somebody's gonna come along And she'll steal him away from you somebody like me I hope you listen to now each word that I've told you now These things you'd better do now each and every night Because if you break his heart... somebody's gonna come along And she'll steal him away from you somebody like me We'll steal him away somebody like me... somebody like me... Will steal her away somebody like me Many thanks to the Shirley Bassey Blog, and all those who have contributed wonderful pictures of Shirley, which are used in this clip
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1976 (Cabaret style live performance of this classic Francois / Revaux song, with English Lyrics by Paul Anka on Shirley Bassey's 1976 TV Variety Series. Shirley performs this song in the very dramatic & emotional Cabaret Style where she acts out many of the lyrics. Shirley usually takes a song written for a musical, and re-arranges it to have more of a POP flavor. But, this song is just the opposite. If there ever was a musical which included this song, Shirley's powerfully dramatic version as shown in this clip would be the epitome of how it should be sung in the big belter final act. This song for the most part has been recorded and sung by male artists, such as Shirley's ole friend Frank Sinatra going back to the early days of Las Vegas, but here Shirley the DIVA does her gender proud, and when she lifts the roof with her big belter ending, 'AND I DID IT.....MY WAY' people listening and watching will believe it! ABOUT this song: "My Way" is a song with lyrics written by Paul Anka and popularized by Frank Sinatra. The melody is based on a French song "Comme d'habitude" composed by Claude François and Jacques Revaux. Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the original French by Claude François and Gilles Thibaut and Anka is credited as a co-composer of "My Way" because he largely re-wrote the song. "My Way" is often quoted as the most remade song in history. Paul Anka heard the original 1967 French pop song, Comme d'habitude (as usual) performed by Claude Francois with music by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux and lyrics by Claude Francois and Gilles Thibault, while on holiday in the south of France. He flew to Paris to negotiate the rights to the song.[1] In a 2007 interview, he said: "I thought it was a bad record, but there was something in it."[2] He acquired publishing rights at no cost[3] and, two years later, had a dinner in Florida with Frank Sinatra and "a couple of Mob guys" at which Sinatra said he was "quitting the business. I'm sick of it, I'm getting the hell out". Back in New York, Anka re-wrote the original French song for Sinatra, subtly altering the melodic structure and changing the lyrics: "At one o'clock in the morning, I sat down at an old IBM electric typewriter and said, 'If Frank were writing this, what would he say?' And I started, metaphorically, 'And now the end is near.' I read a lot of periodicals, and I noticed everything was 'my this' and 'my that'. We were in the 'me generation' and Frank became the guy for me to use to say that. I used words I would never use: 'I ate it up and spit it out.' But that's the way he talked. I used to be around steam rooms with the Rat Pack guys - they liked to talk like Mob guys, even though they would have been scared of their own shadows." Anka finished the song at 5am. "I called Frank up in Nevada - he was at Caesar's Palace - and said, 'I've got something really special for you.'"[2] Anka claimed: "When my record company caught wind of it, they were very pissed that I didn't keep it for myself. I said, 'Hey, I can write it, but I'm not the guy to sing it.' It was for Frank, no one else." Dame Shirley Bassey recorded the song for her 1970 album Something. She also performed in live on numerous occasions notably the 1976 Royal Variety Performance. In the weeks following Sinatra's death in 1998 , Bassey sang is as a tribute to him on her "Diamond" concert tour. LYRICS: And now, the end is near; And so I face the final curtain. My friend, I'll say it clear, I'll state my case, of which I'm certain. I've lived a life that's full. I've traveled each and ev'ry highway; But more, much more than this, I did it my way. Regrets, I've had a few; But then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do And saw it through without exemption. I planned each charted course; Each careful step along the byway, But more, much more than this, I did it my way. Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew When I bit off more than I could chew. But through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out. I faced it all and I stood tall; And did it my way. I've loved, I've laughed and cried. I've had my fill; my share of losing. And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing. To think I did all that; And may I say - not in a shy way, "No, oh no not me, I did it my way". For what is a woman, what has she got? If not herself, then she has naught. To say the things she truly feels; And not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows - And did it my way.
16 Jan 2012
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1976 (A Wonderful POP song about remembering the past, from the veteran singer/entertainer Shirley Bassey!...Shirley performs this Powerful Ballad about the good ole days that everyone will identify with; this song was performed back in 1976 on her TV Variety Show. Bassey is certainly known as one of the most powerful singers of the last 50 years. At nearly 40 yo at the time of this clip, she demonstrates once again perfect vocal timber & vibrato while blowing the roof off the house with the big notes and playing to the audience as she moves through her rich lower & mid range lyrical notes. The long last note of this song will bring chills down your spine....really! This song, 'Make The World A Little Younger' is a track from Shirley's, 1973 LP titled, 'Never Never Never' ABOUT the LP, Never Never Never: Never Never Never is a 1973 album by Shirley Bassey. Released in May 1973, this album saw a peak in the Shirley Bassey career revival that she was experiencing during the early 1970s. The album's lead single, the title track had been a hit, reaching No.8 in the UK Charts and remaining in the top 50 for 19 weeks, becoming one of her biggest and most well-known hits, and her only single to make three US charts: No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100, No.8 on the Adult Contemporary Chart, and No. 67 on the R&B Chart. The album soon followed and similarly entered the top 10, peaking at No. 10 during a 10 week run, and would go on to earn a silver disc. The album also was a hit in the US, peaking at No. 60 on the Billboard 200 amid positive reviews; it also hit No. 34 on the R&B Chart. LYRICS: When the world was a little younger Fairy Tales were always true Every face was filled with laughter Every day brought something new Summertime seemed to last forever Friends would come and friends would go But their warmth would always linger In the days when time ran slow Make the world a little younger Let the laughter in Yesterday was filled with magic Bring it back again Make the world a little younger Wear a happy face When the worlds a little younger Life's a brighter place When the world was a little younger Love was just a smile away There was time for going fishing And the games we used to play Make the world a little younger Let the laughter in Yesterday was filled with magic Bring it back again Make the world a little younger Let the laughter in Yesterday was filled with magic Bring it back again Make the world a little younger Let the laughter in Yesterday was filled with magic Bring it back ..... again........
16 Jan 2012
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1974 (Neil Diamond's complete performance on a Shirley Bassey 1974 TV Special. Shirley and Neil sing a duet of Diamond's hit song, 'Play Me' and then Diamond sings two moe of his Hits, Sweet Caroline and Longfellow Serenade.) ABOUT the song, Play Me: "Play Me" is a 1972 song by Neil Diamond from his album Moods. The song, the first single from Moods, was recorded in February 1972 in Los Angeles. It was released as a single in May 1972 and peaked at #11 in the United States in September of that year. It was listed by Billboard as #27 of his best 30 songs. LYRICS: She was morning And I was night time I one day woke up To find her lying Beside my bed I softly said "Come take me" For I've been lonely In need of someone As though I'd done Someone wrong somewhere I don't know where Come lately You are the sun I am the moon You are the words I am the tune Play me Song she sang to me Song she brang to me Words that rang in me Rhyme that sprang from me Warmed the night And what was right Became me You are the sun I am the moon You are the words I am the tune Play me And so it was That I came to travel Upon a road That was thorned and narrow Another place Another grace Would save me You are the sun I am the moon You are the word I am the tune Play me ABOUT the song, Sweet Caroline: "Sweet Caroline" is a pop song written and performed by Neil Diamond and officially released on September 16, 1969, as a single. Diamond revealed the inspiration for "Sweet Caroline" was President John F. Kennedy's daughter, Caroline Kennedy, who was eleven years old at the time. Diamond sang the song to her at her 50th birthday celebration in 2007. The song reached #4 on the USA Billboard chart and eventually went platinum for sales of one million singles. The song reached #8 on the UK charts. ABOUT the song, Longfellow Serenade: "Longfellow Serenade" is the title of a 1974 song by the American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond. This song spent two weeks at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November. The song became Diamond's second number-one hit on the Billboard Easy Listening chart, following his 1972 single, "Song Sung Blue". Diamond said, "occasionally I like using a particular lyrical style which, in this case, lent itself naturally to telling the story of a guy who woos his woman with poetry." The title of the song is a reference to the 19th century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
18 Jan 2012
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1959 (Two wonderful tracks from Shirley Bassey's 1959 LP titled, 'The Bewitching Miss Bassey' The Bewitching Miss Bassey is a studio album from Shirley Bassey. Consisting of new and previously released material this was the first album from Bassey to be issued on the 12" Long-playing record format. Tracks were taken from sessions recorded between 1956 and early 1959. All the songs were recorded in the UK with Wally Stott and his Orchestra, with production by Johnny Franz. The only exception was "The Wall" which was recorded in New York with Jimmy Carroll and his orchestra and produced by Mitch Miller. Featuring Bassey's first five hit songs, including Bassey's 1958 number one single "As I Love You" and the huge hit "Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me".[1] The album showcases the best of the early career of Shirley Bassey. All the songs were only recorded in mono, no stereo versions are known to exist. In the 1970s Philips did re-issue them in an "electronically enhanced" stereo (also known as "pseudo-stereo"). The album was re-issued in the US on the Epic label with different artwork. To date (October 2009) there has been no complete CD re-issue of the album, it remains the only UK released album from Bassey not to have had a CD release. Philips did re-issue several tracks on compilations in the 1990s, and several more have been released since the material fell under public domain laws. LYRICS - Gypsy In My Soul: If I am fancy free, And love to wander, It's just the Gypsy in my soul! There's something calling me From way out yonder, It's just the Gypsy in my soul! I've got to give vent to my emotions, I'm only content havin' my way There is no other life, Of which I'm fonder, It's just the Gypsy in my soul! No cares! No strings! My heart has wings! If I am fancy free, And I love to wander, It's just the Gypsy in my soul! (Instrumental Break) I've got to give vent to my emotions, I'm only content havin' my way There is no other life, Of which I'm fonder, It's just the Gypsy in my soul! No cares! No strings! My heart has wings! If I am fancy free, And love to wander, It's just the Gypsy in my soul! It's just the Gypsy in my soul! LYRICS - My Funny Valentine: My funny Valentine, sweet comic Valentine You make me smile with my heart Your looks are laughable, unphotographable Yet, you're my favorite work of art Is your figure less than Greek? Is your mouth a little weak? When you open it to speak Are you smart? But don't change your hair for me Not if you care for me Stay little Valentine, stay! Each day is Valentines day Is your figure less than Greek? Is your mouth a little weak? When you open it to speak Are you smart? But don't change your hair for me Not if you care for me Stay little Valentine, stay! Each day is Valentines day
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Jack Black talks about the research he has done and his encounter with the real Bernie to prepare for the movie. Meanwile Shirley McLaine reveals her secrets to play the rude Marjorie Nugent. At the end both actors even rave about a possible sequel.
26 Apr 2012
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