How are you all doing today?
Well, I said I was going to talk about her – the queen, the greatest voice and singer I’ve ever heard! – in a future post and I guess this is the future I was talking about.
I admit: I didn’t know her until few months ago but one sunny Saturday morning, my BF was listening to James Bond’s songs and he asked me if I knew who she was and I said no, so he played This Is My Life and the moment I heard her voice I thought that I missed everything about music until that moment. Since then I can say, for sure: “There’s perfect and then there is Shirley!”
Shirley started her career at a very young age – only 16! – but she had to stop because of her first pregnancy but she didn’t give up and few years later, she got her first number one hit, As I Love You – I love this song! – and since then, many hits followed her first one.
She is most known, thou, for her James Bond’s themes: Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979); watching a non-authorized documentary on her career, the writer of the song Diamonds Are Forever says he told Bassey to imagine that she was talking about a penis while singing– guess that was a good advice because Bassey is the only singer with 3 Bond’s themes on her achievement list.
Among her several amazing recordings, my favorite is the first song I’ve heard from her: This Is My Life – originally the Italian La Vita -, and shocking: although the song became one of her signature songs, the album wasn’t a success when it came out in 1968; following on the favorite songs comes Never, Never, Never – another Italian song: Grande, grande, grande, As Long As He Needs Me, As I Love You and Climb Ev’ry Mountain and her cover of My Way but I’m not gonna lie: it is very difficult to pick a Top 6 when it comes to her because she has so many good songs.
Shirley built a successful career throughout the years and she has received many awards over the years – the latest two this year.
With a total of 37 studio albums, the last one released in 2014 Hello Like Before, Shirley is still performing and she is showing that Diamonds Are Forever – because her voice is a diamond, that is for sure, so, make sure to check on the most famous Welsh singer of the last decades and enjoy her strong, powerful voice.
And, to my surprise, during my researches I found out that she not only listens to, but she also sings P!nk’s songs; in 2006 she made a cover of Get The Party Started and in 2007 she released a remixes album named after that song.
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See you next time,