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Dame Shirley Bassey to sing at
Oscars for the first time

United Press International, by Staff

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Posted By:ScarletPimpernel, 2/8/2013 12:48:44 PM

British singer Shirley Bassey is to perform at this month´s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Friday. "We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show," the producers said in a joint statement. "Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast."

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Now for a diversion from all the bad news. Dame Shirley Bassey, the "female Tom Jones" can still belt it out; she´s the best singer of the Bond theme songs, hands down. Here´s a more recent link to her performance in 2011 at the Classic BRIT Awards Show. Turn up the volume. Wow!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-orFtcORyuM&feature=player_embedded

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 2/8/2013 12:52:19 PM     (No. 9165832)

Excellent.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: afortiori, 2/8/2013 12:54:09 PM     (No. 9165833)

She looks good in the photo accompanying the article, the best that money ban buy, I suppose.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/8/2013 1:33:29 PM     (No. 9165897)

#3: -

Here she is performing "Big Spender": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8FlmXla0Pw

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LamontCranston, 2/8/2013 1:36:06 PM     (No. 9165904)

Goldfinger benefits enormously from her opening song. What a voice!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: veritas, 2/8/2013 1:40:33 PM     (No. 9165913)

Here´s a link to another Bassey/Bond belter. The link, posting suggestion, etc. were tipped to me by one of the good guys. [Thanks.] No credit due me.

Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4m9ptFefwo

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Reply 6 - Posted by: starboard, 2/8/2013 1:50:32 PM     (No. 9165935)

Can´t wait.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 2/8/2013 1:51:23 PM     (No. 9165936)

Love this gal - Big Spender was a fav and I
have all of the Bond movies - well, just the ones with Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: hot coffee, 2/8/2013 2:02:20 PM     (No. 9165954)

Great theme song from the definitive Bond movie--this is outstanding news!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/8/2013 2:12:09 PM     (No. 9165977)

I agree, #9. When I think of "Bond" I hear Dame Bassey singing "Goldfinger". The song requires a powerful, robust voice. My husband and I are watching every Bond film in sequence, via Netflix.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 2/8/2013 3:11:47 PM     (No. 9166074)

When I was in grade school, AM radio played the song Goldfinger into the ground.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 2/8/2013 3:14:10 PM     (No. 9166080)

BTW: That was W-A-Beatle-C radio New York, 77 on the AM dial!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: nightvision, 2/8/2013 6:45:37 PM     (No. 9166406)

Thanks for that link, OP. Wow!
I had chills throughout her whole performance.

I can´t remember when I last looked forward to the Oscars, but I know it was decades ago.
However, this year I will watch for Dame Bassey´s performance.
I like Adele, too, but her Skyfall song won´t stand up to comparison.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 2/8/2013 7:31:24 PM     (No. 9166449)

Shirley Bassey is a class act who was "born above a brothel in a docklands slum," Tiger Bay, Cardiff. (Wikipedia.) And is still classy and still has her stunning voice. "What Now My Love?" is one of my favorite Bassey songs. Here´s how she performed it in 2009--backed by the band of the Welsh Guards:

http://youtu.be/uuKSR9EBsk4

She was around 73 at the time and the split in her dress looks classy because she ignores it.

I´d hate to say how Beyoncé or most of the other female singers of today compare to Dame Shirley. Maybe she´ll spark some change in the appearance of female singers.

(Dame Shirley Bassey, then afterwards Dame Shirley, is the proper mode of address--"Dame" is the equivalent of "Knight" for women. Lords and Ladies are different--can be either first name or, well, it gets complicated and off topic.)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Penney, 2/8/2013 7:41:12 PM     (No. 9166464)

Bassey´s performance will no doubt be the one bright spot in hollyweird´s annual major leg lamp awards.

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