Shirley Bassey(1937-), Singer
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey
Sitter in 22 portraits
Singer and entertainer. The youngest of seven children Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff. 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' (1958). In 1960 Bassey, now signed to EMI's Columbia label, scored a number two hit with 'As Long As He Needs Me', from Lionel Bart's musical Oliver! Other 1960s Top 10 hits were 'Reach for the Stars' (1961),'What Now My Love?' (1962) and 'I (Who Have Nothing)' (1963) and many top selling LPs. In 1977 she received a Britannia Award for 'Best female Solo Singer In The Last 50 Years'. Known for her dynamic singing, extravagant gestures and lavishly styled gowns, she was one of the first black British performers to gain international fame. Bassey was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1999.
Shapiro Bernstein's Top 10 Hit Songs and Photographs (Shirley Bassey; Tommy Roe; Joe Brown; Connie Francis; The Beatles (Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison; John Lennon); Billy Fury; Kay Starr; Duane Eddy; Matt Monro)
published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co Ltd, after Unknown photographers
halftone reproduction, published 1963
published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1965
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