Shirley Bassey ‎– Golden Hits Of Shirley Bassey -1968- Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen (vinyl)

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Shirley Bassey ‎– Golden Hits Of Shirley Bassey -1968- Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen (vinyl)

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Early life

Shirley Veronica Bassey was the sixth and youngest child of Henry Bassey and Eliza Jane Start,[8] and was born on Bute Street in Tiger Bay (Butetown), Cardiff, Wales. She grew up in the adjacent community of Splott.[9] At the time, Tiger Bay was one of the largest ports in the world and was very multi-ethnic. Her father was Nigerian, and her mother was English, from Teesside.[2][10][11][12] Two of her mother's four children from previous relationships lived in the Bassey household. Bassey's mother listed her first husband, Alfred Metcalfe, as her own father in the registry of her marriage to Henry Bassey, giving rise to speculation that this marriage was bigamous in the absence of a prior divorce.[13] Eliza and Henry's second child died in infancy, so Shirley was born into a household of three sisters, two half-sisters, and one brother.

Teachers and students alike at Moorland Road School noticed Bassey's strong voice, but gave the pre-teen little encouragement: " '...everyone told me to shut up. Even in the school choir the teacher kept telling me to back off till I was singing in the corridor!' A classmate recalled her singing the refrain 'Can't help lovin' that man of mine' from Show Boat with such feeling that she made their teacher uncomfortable."[14] After leaving Splott Secondary Modern School at age 14, Bassey found employment at a factory while singing in public houses and clubs in the evenings and on weekends.[15]

Career1953–59: Career beginnings

In 1953, Bassey signed her first professional contract, to sing in the touring variety show Memories of Jolson, a musical based on the life of Al Jolson.[16] She next took up a professional engagement in Hot from Harlem, which ran until 1954. Pregnant at 16 with her first child and unwilling to reveal the name of the child's father,[17] she returned to waiting tables in Cardiff.

In 1955, Bassey toured various theatres until she was noticed by the impresario Jack Hylton. He invited her to feature in Al Read's Such Is Life at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End.

During the show's run, Philips record producer Johnny Franz spotted her on television, was impressed, and offered her a recording deal. Bassey recorded her first single, "Burn My Candle", released in February 1956, when she was 19. Owing to the suggestive lyrics, the BBC banned it, but it sold well enough nonetheless, backed with her powerful rendition of "Stormy Weather". More singles followed, and in February 1957, Bassey had her first hit with "The Banana Boat Song", which reached No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[18]

In 1957 she also recorded under the direction of American producer Mitch Miller in New York for the Columbia label, producing the single "If I Had a Needle and Thread" b/w "Tonight My Heart She Is Crying". She then made her American stage début in Las Vegas at El Rancho Vegas.[19]

In mid-1958, she recorded two singles that would become classics in the Bassey catalogue. "As I Love You" was released as the B-side of another ballad, "Hands Across the Sea"; it did not sell well at first, but after an appearance at the London Palladium sales began to pick up. In January 1959, "As I Love You" reached No. 1 and stayed there for four weeks; it was the first No. 1 single by a Welsh artist.[20]

While "As I Love You" climbed the charts, so too did Bassey's recording of "Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me," and both records would end up occupying the Top 3 at the same time. A few months later, Bassey signed to EMI's Columbia label, and the second phase in her recording career had begun.

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Columbia ‎– SCX 6294
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Vinyl, LP, Compilation
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Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10 / with inner sleeve
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10)
Side 1 - 9 ( slight scuffing all round lp )
side 2 - 10
BIN # 78

Tracklist

A1 Who Can I Turn To ("The Roar Of The Greasepaint - The Smell Of The Crowd")
A2 As Long As He Needs Me
A3 Goldfinger (Film Of The Same Name)
A4 I (Who Have Nothing/Una Dei Tanti)
A5 You'll Never Know
A6 What Now My Love
A7 What Kind Of Fool Am I (From "Stop The World, I Want To Get Off")
B1 Climb Ev'ry Mountain (From "The Sound Of Music")
B2 Till
B3 Reach For The Stars
B4 The Party's Over
B5 Once In A Lifetime (From "Stop The World, I Want To Get Off")
B6 With These Hands
B7 No Regrets
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