Thursday, 17 December 2009

Shirley Bassey

As any members of the punk generation will tell you, even aging reptiles like meself, we are not meant to like people such as Dame Shirley, in fact we are supposed to spit vitriol and abuse at such highly vaunted middle of the road vamps but...I am useless at spitting and have no idea where to get vitriol from.

I have liked the woman ever since she walked into the joint looking like a girl of distinction, a class act without suspenders but oozing sex appeal with a voice that roared with a clarity and passion that only someone from Wales could muster. And she sure had/has a nice set of lungs on her. Her songs for the Bond movies are the pinnacle of that franchise themes

Her latest album, with songs by a range of modern luminaries, (Richard Hawley and The Manic Street Preachers to name but two) is fantastic, unbelievable, incredible with more superlatives than you can throw at a sitting pensioner from Splot.

Shirley Bassey is a Dame of distinction, a real big singer.



Doctor FTSE said...

Hello C.J

Ah Shirl! She's the "Miss Peggy Lee" equivalent of my generation! And you're right! You never miss a syllable when The Dame sings.

When are you going to do a post about Roberta Flack?

C.J.Duffy said...

Doc>>>Roberta Flack is a fine singer but I prefer Aretha or Dusty, Ella of Billie Holiday. My favourite female singer is probably Kate Bush and I will be posting about Kirsty Macoll soon!

C.J.Duffy said...

Peggy Lee! Another great singer from my childhood along with Frankie Laine and Johhny Ray and Nellie Lutcher. Me Mum used to play 'em all the time.