38 Facts About Shirley Bassey

1. In 1978, Shirley Bassey pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

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2. In 1985 Samantha Shirley Bassey was found dead in the River Avon in England.

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3. Shirley Bassey had two daughters, Samantha and Sharon, the identity of their fathers is unknown.

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4. In 1968 Shirley Bassey became a tax exile from the UK and released a series of songs in Italian that enjoyed chart success in Italy.

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5. Shirley Bassey entered the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 with the theme song to the Bond film Goldfinger.

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6. Shirley Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales in 1937.

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7. Shirley Bassey is a Welsh singer who is best known for singing the theme songs to three James Bond films.

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8. Shirley Bassey was principal artiste at the Duke of Edinburgh's 80th birthday celebration in 2001.

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9. Shirley Bassey toured various theatres until she was noticed by the impresario Jack Hylton in 1955.

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10. Shirley Bassey signed a contract to sing in the touring variety show Memories of Jolson, a musical based on the life of Al Jolson in 1953.

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11. Shirley Bassey was made a dame commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.

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12. Shirley Bassey was born on January 8, 1937, in Cardiff, Wales.

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13. Shirley Bassey has four grandsons through her surviving daughter, Sharon Novak.

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14. Shirley Bassey was one of the line-up of artists on 4 June 2012 who performed at the Queen's 60th Jubilee Party at Buckingham Palace, singing "Diamonds Are Forever".

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15. Shirley Bassey performed at a gala celebrating the 80th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev on 30 March 2011.

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16. Shirley Bassey headlined at the BBC Electric Proms on 23 October 2009, in her only full live set of 2009.

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17. Shirley Bassey performed a 45-minute set at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival wearing a pink Julien Macdonald dress, and customised Wellington boots.

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18. Shirley Bassey topped the bill at the 2005 Royal Variety Performance, introducing her new song "The Living Tree".

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19. Shirley Bassey celebrated 50 years in show business in 2003 with the release of the CD Thank You for the Years, which was another Top 20 album.

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20. In 2001, Shirley Bassey was principal artiste at the Duke of Edinburgh's 80th birthday celebration.

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21. Shirley Bassey played the Friday night at Henley Festival in 1984.

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22. On 7 October 1998 in Egypt, Shirley Bassey performed for a benefit at an open-air concert close to the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid.

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23. Shirley Bassey collaborated with Chris Rea in the film La Passione, appearing in the film as herself and releasing the single "'Disco' La Passione".

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24. Shirley Bassey provided vocals for Swiss artists Yello on "The Rhythm Divine", a song co-written by Scottish singer Billy Mackenzie.

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25. Shirley Bassey recorded an album entitled All by Myself and made a TV special for Thames Television called A Special Lady with guest Robert Goulet.

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26. Shirley Bassey closed out the decade with her third title theme for a Bond film, Moonraker.

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27. In 1978, Shirley Bassey pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly "after shouting abuse in the street and pushing a policeman".

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28. Shirley Bassey appeared on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show, broadcast on Christmas Day in 1971.

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29. Shirley Bassey recorded several songs in Italian, some appearing on the album La vita.

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30. Shirley Bassey began to live as a tax exile in 1968, and was unable to work in Britain for almost two years.

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31. Shirley Bassey recorded a song for the next Bond film, Thunderball.

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32. Shirley Bassey enjoyed her only US Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1965 with the title song of the James Bond film, Goldfinger.

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33. Shirley Bassey appeared on the cover of Ebony magazine in 1963, and sang at a Washington gala celebrating President Kennedy's second year in office.

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34. Shirley Bassey made her American television debut on 13 November 1960, when she performed on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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35. Shirley Bassey recorded her first single, "Burn My Candle", released in February 1956, when she was 19.

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36. In 1955, Shirley Bassey toured various theatres until she was noticed by the impresario Jack Hylton.

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37. In 2000, Shirley Bassey was made a Dame for services to the performing arts.

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38. In January 1959, Shirley Bassey became the first Welsh person to gain a No 1 single.

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