Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey Biography

Birthday: January – 08, 1937
Birthname: Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey
Birthplace: Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Nationality: British
Height: 160 cm

Throughout the 1960s, Bassey had numerous hits on the British charts. Her recording of “As Long As He Needs Me” from Lionel Bart’s Oliver! reached number two, and had a chart run of 30 weeks. In 1962, Bassey’s collaboration with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra produced the album Let’s Face the Music (#12) and the single “What Now My Love” (#5). Other top ten hits of the period included the number-one “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” b/w “Reach for the Stars” in 1961, and “I (Who Have Nothing)” in 1963. In 1965, Bassey had her only U.S. top ten hit with the title song of the James Bond film, Goldfinger. Owing to the success of that song, she appeared frequently on many American television talk shows such as those hosted by Johnny Carson and by Mike Douglas.

Was named a Dame by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on New Year’s Eve, 1999.
She returned to the U.K. top forty with the ‘Propellerheads’ on the hit single “History Repeating” in 1997 after an absence of chart action for 24 years

She recorded the single “There’s No Place Like London” written by Lynsey De Paul and Gerard Kenny.
Sang Perry Como’s song “And I Love You So” at the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson.
She was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in 1993.