Shirley Bassey

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Shirley Bassey
Shirley Bassey
Bassey 1971
Background info
Full name Shirley Veronica Bassey
Birthday/Birthplace (1937-01-08) 8 January 1937
Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales
  • Traditional Pop
  • Adult Contemporary
  • Pop
Profession(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Active Years 1953–present
Record Labels
  • Philips
  • Columbia
  • Decca
  • United Artists
  • Geffen

Shirley Veronica Bassey DBE (Cardiff, Wales, January 8, 1937) is a British singer, known worldwide for being the musical performer who has most often sung a song for a James Bond movie. . In particular, Bassey played the main theme in three films in the saga of the most famous British secret service agent: Goldfinger, Moonraker and Diamonds for eternity.

Shirley Bassey’s Biography

Shirley Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, a suburb of the city of Cardiff, Wales, in 1937, being the seventh daughter of the couple formed by a fisherman of Nigerian origin and a young English girl from Yorkshire.

At fifteen he had to leave school to work as a packing machine at a local factory. At the same time, he sang in clubs and pubs to earn some extra money. In 1953 he signed a contract to star in a musical based on the life of Al Jolson. That year, and with only 16 years old, she had her eldest daughter, Sharon, so she had to leave the world of music to take care of the little girl. But, in 1955, he redirected his musical career and starred in the musical of Al Read “Such Is Life”. From that moment on, the career of Shirley Bassey ascended unstoppably with continued success on the British singles charts.

She has been married twice. His first marriage was with Kenneth Hume in 1961, and the relationship lasted until 1965. In 1968 he married for the second time, this time with Sergio Novak, with whom he had his daughter Samantha. The couple divorced in 1977.

In 1985, Samantha, Shirley Bassey’s infant daughter was found dead hanging from the Clifton Bridge in Bristol, in what was considered suicide, although Bassey continues to insist that her daughter’s death was not suicide.

In recognition of her long career and due to a particular admiration of the royal family, Bassey was named Lady Commander of the British Empire on December 31, 1999, which is why she is called with the Dame treatment. In addition, she is the holder of the Legion of Honor granted by the French government.

Currently residing in Monaco.

His song “This Is My Life” has been used for Heineken’s latest announcement “One Green Bottle” (2009).

Shirley Bassey Net Worth – $10 Million

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