Shirley Bassey (1937-), Singer
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey
Sitter associated with 12 portraits
Singer and entertainer. The youngest of seven children Shirley Veronica Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff. In 1977 she received a Britannia Award for 'Best female Solo Singer In The Last 50 Years'. Her musical career has included 30 hit singles and 33 hit albums and was launched in 1957 with the Banana Boat Song. Other hits in the 1950s include Kiss Me Honey Honey, Kiss Me (1958) and the UK chart topper As I Love You (1959). Known for her dynamic singing, extravagant gestures and lavishly styled gowns. Made a Dame of the British Empire in 1999.