Video recorded 1995 live in the London BBC studios:
An Audience With Shirley Bassey
Filmed on September 17th, broadcasted on TV in October, later released on video.
An Audience with Shirley Bassey is 50 minutes of showbusiness magic as Miss Bassey
brings a star-studded celebrity audience to their feet with spectacular performances
of some of her best-loved songs including Goldfinger, Big Spender and many others.
Between songs the normally private Miss Bassey answers questions from some of the
famous faces in the audience including Jimmy Tarbuck, Anthea Turner, Britt Ekland,
Max Bygraves and Coronation St. star, Barbara Knox - revealing personal secrets
such as how she keeps fit and even the most romantic place she's ever sung!
This special video version also includes footage not shown on the TV broadcast,
including a sensational version of Tonight I Gave The Greatest Performance Of My Life.
The times at the songs are the start- and end-times if
the cassette was completely rewinded. If the introduction on your cassette
is of a different length, you may need to add an offset. But they may be
helpful, to find a specific song on your cassette.
If I've misunderstood some words, help me to correct please. Special thanks to Marc S. for his support.
(Shirley in a golden robe, with the upper part transparent.)
1. 2:10 - 6:39 As If We Never Said Goodbye
Thank you and a very, very good evening to you ladies and gentlemen. Believe it or not, this is the first time I've ever appeared in front of a great and vast celebrity audience, and, believe me, it is terribly daunting. But I'm sure we're going to have a wonderful time, judging from your wonderful, wonderful applause.
This next song was written for me by my dear friend Norman Newell, who wrote for me many of my hits. And this one is the last one he wrote for me. Thank you Norman!
2. 7:50 - 10:24 I Was Born To Sing Forever (Born To Sing)
3. 10:34 - 13:52 The Lady Is A Tramp
4. 13:55 - 19:03 I
Want To Know What Love Is
(On the video they have cutted the break away, and maybe some conversation.
Shirley now in a white robe, the upper part with flowers and glitter.)
5. 19:03 - 21:17 'S Wonderful
Thank you very much.
This is the spot where you get to ask me anything you want. I mean, make it as personal as you want. I don't care. Go on, go on, make me happy, give it to me.
Barbara Knox (British TV star) waves with her hand:
I knew it was going to be a woman first.
You're such a wonderful international star...
Oh, thank you
...and you're always so glamorous. Can I ask you, when you're going to pay your paper bill? Seriously.
(laughing) I'm working on it, I'm working on it. I'm doing this show tonight.
(Note for they who don't know Barbary Knox like me: Barbara Knox plays in the big English soap-opera "Coronation Street" the character of Rita Fairclough /Sullivan who owns a newspaper shop. So, as a joke, she asks Shirley when she is going to pay the bill for all her newspapers.)
That's nice to hear cause that dress didn't cost (....?), did it? Seriously, darling.
I've been a fan of yours for years. Would you please sing - I don't know which song to choose - but one of my favourites is - would you sing Something?
I'd be delighted to, but which one?
Well, the lovely one that you made. And it's so wonderful, by George Harrison. Please sing for us all.
Oh, that one, I would be delighted to. Maestro, please.
6. 22:50 - 26:30 Something
Thank you. Anybody else? Max! You ask.
Max Bygraves: You don't mind if I'm standing up, Shirley? I just paid 600 Pounds for the suit.
You're looking wonderful, Shirley, and singing like a bird.
And you bear out everything I've been saying for many, many years: You're the best entertainer in the world.
Oh, thank you, Max!
I thought there was a catch in it!
But Shirley, you're wonderful.
Would you sing a request for me called...
I would be delighted to.
... Never, Never, Never. Beautiful.
7. 27:40 - 31:30 Never, Never, Never
James Tarbuck (UK TV showmaster and comedian, had Shirley as guest sometimes): Shirley?
If I may?
How are you dear?
James, hello James
I won't stand up. I stay sat down, I've got Maxes old suit on! So, you are without doubt the sexiest grandmother I've ever seen in my life. If my little old gran in Liverpool looked like you, I'd go down there three times a week, I promise you!
You really don't want to know that.
I want to know, where is the most romantic place you've ever sang and performed?
As a matter of fact, I do!
You really don't. It was in my bed actually at the time. I won't tell you with whom.
Well indeed, which one. Which one from the bedroom? Little things mean a lot.
All biscuits in bed or crumbs I have slept with.
Anthea Turner (had some UK TV shows like for example "Top of the Pops", and at the time of the concert the "National Lottery Show", therefore the remarks with "balls that have dropped" and "did I win"): Shirley!
Oh yes, it's so revealing!
Here, Anthea Turner. I've got a request for you.
Did I win, I did!
I didn't win. But I have got a request for you. And it's really going back about the bedroom.
Again? We're not getting off this sex with anybody!
I still have a request for you. For everybody's balls that have dropped.
I don't know that one.
I think you do, honestly. It's for all those people who won money on the national lottery. Millions of pounds they've won.
Balls have dropped?
No, it's Hey, Big Spender.
You frightened me for a moment. I'm happy to do that. Did you buy a ticket this week?
8. 33:20 - 35.13 Big Spender
Thank you, thank you!
Britt Eklund (Swedish actress (*1946), had been Bond Girl (1974 Mary Goodnight in "The Man with the Golden Gun"), friend of Rod Stewart until 1977): Shirley? Everyone says...
You're looking very sexy! How dare you outdo me tonight?
I'm just going to ask you something tonight. But can I just ask you: your arms, I've never seen such great arms. Are they beautiful or not? Believe me, that takes a lot of hard work.
You know that, yes.
But, I mean I'm covering up in shame yet. In sequins but in shame. What is your secret? Megastar all these years?
Well I, ah, apart from shopping a lot, which takes out a lot of calories, especially when they tell me the price, you know, that's cardiovascular, going like that.
You've got a lot of gowns!
Yes, and I do starve myself a lot.
I seem to get by on very little. I have one meal a day. Lots of snacks inbetween. And I work out at the gym. And I take lots of vitamins. And that's it, honestly. I mean, there is no youth thing. I wish I could tell you that - you know - that you're gonna get muscles like that by taking a pill. I think there's a pill in it, actually, a big one.
Will you sing for me?
Yes, I'd be delighted to sing for you.
This Is My Life.
9. 36:58 - 40:37 This Is My Life
(Again, they have cutted the break away on the video.
Shirley now in a golden robe, and with a golden feather plume.)
10. 40:46 - 43:45 Goldfinger
Thank you, thank you very much. Now I was... I thought it was going to eat me for a while, but it did tick me to death. (talking about the feather boa)
This song Goldfinger is on my new album. The new album, being that, oh, we're recording famous songs from famous films. And being with that, is one of the most famous songs from one of the most famous Bond films. We had to include that. This next song was written by Lionel Bart for "Oliver", which was a film. But I'm not gonna tell you which song. You know this time.
11. 44:31 - 47:44 As Long As He Needs Me
Thank You Lionel, Thank You.
12. 47:57 - 51:32 I Am What I Am
My musical director, Mr. Colin Green, and the ladies and gentlemen of the orchestra, and the audience. Thank you very much. I see you later. Bye.
Thank you so much.
Thank you so much.
The original TV broadcasting ended here, but on the video is one more song:
13. 53:03 - 56:58 Tonight I Gave The Greatest Performance Of My Life
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