Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

Even though her shows always sell out here in the states, Dame Shirley Bassey is technically a one hit wonder in the US (Goldfinger 1964). In the UK and several other countries, however, she has an impressive catalog of chart topping hits. In fact, in 1991, in recognition of her career longevity, the British Royal Family made her a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. France gave her its top honor, the Legion d’Honneur, as well. Shirley had her own BBC show in 1976 but here are two fabulous,  “true diva” performances from other shows.

The first clip is from  “BBC Show Of The Week” which ran from 1965-1974. The song is “You’d Better Love Me” written by Timothy Gray and Hugh Martin.

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The second is from a 1968 series called “Showtime.” The song is “Come Back To Me” from the 1965 musical “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.”

I miss variety shows! They weren’t my favorite types of shows when I was a kid because, well, cartoons existed. But they were something I could always watch. I was never not in the mood for a variety show. Carol Burnett was my favorite but I watched them all, even “Pink Lady And Jeff.” (Bless me common sense and good taste for I have sinned.) I wish they’d make a come back, but with today’s reality show and on demand entertainment culture, I doubt that’ll ever happen. But on the bright side, nowadays we can go to You Tube and make a variety show starring anyone we want. Heck we can even make one hosted by Shelly Berman and sponsored by Pepto Bismol… with special guests Pink Lady and Jeff!

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