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Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey is a Welsh singer known for both her powerful operatic voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films 'Goldfinger' (1964); 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971) and 'Moonraker' (1979). Born on Bute Street in Butetown (also known as 'Tiger Bay') in the docklands area of Cardiff, she was was the sixth and youngest child of Henry Bassey, from Nigeria, and Eliza Jane Start, from the north-east of England, but grew up in the adjacent community of Splott. After leaving Splott Secondary Modern School at the age of 14, Bassey found work at the local Curran Steels factory, while singing in public houses and clubs in the evenings and on weekends. In 1953, she signed her first professional contract and went on to work for the impresario Jack Hylton. She recorded her first single in 1956.

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Jan 8, 1937 In Butetown, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey 2016-12-24
Known For
Poster of Everything or Nothing
Poster of Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace
Poster of La Passione
Poster of The Bing Crosby Show (12-11-1961)
Movie David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey Dame Shirley Bassey 2016-12-24
Movie More Dangerous Songs: And the Banned Played On Performer 2014-07-11
Movie Everything or Nothing Self (archive footage) 2012-10-05
Movie Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall Herself 2009-11-19
Series The Graham Norton Show Herself 2007-02-22
Movie Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace Herself 2002-06-03
Movie The Bond Sound - The Music of 007 Self 2000-01-01
Movie Shirley Bassey: Divas Are Forever Herself 2000-11-21
Movie La Passione Herself 1996-11-14
Movie The World of James Bond 1995-10-29
Movie Shirley Bassey - You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet Shirley Bassey 1985-02-26
Series Summertime Special Unknown 1981-07-25
Movie A Special Lady Herself 1980-07-01
Series An Audience with... Herself 1978-01-08
Series The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-09-05
Series Ein Kessel Buntes Unknown 1972-01-29
Series Disco Unknown 1971-02-13
Movie The Bing Crosby Show (12-11-1961) Herself 1961-12-11
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20