Dame Shirley Bassey, the iconic singer often referred to as the “voice of Bond,” has announced a “grand finale” album to mark her 70 years in show business.
Recording on the album, Bassey’s first since 2014, is already underway and taking place in London, Prague, Monaco, and the south of France with social distancing guidelines being strictly followed.
The singer’s label said in a press release that the album, currently untitled, will feature a combination of brand new songs written especially for Bassey and older songs which reflect her life and career.
Bassey, 83, said of the album: “My new album is a celebration of 70 years in showbiz – 70 years of support from my fans and 70 years of music! I’ve trodden the boards of many stages and kicked up many a diamante heel! The songs I have chosen all feel very personal and connected to my life. I hope they will do the same for my fans.”
Born in 1937 in the Tiger Bay area of Cardiff, one of the U.K.’s first multicultural communities, Bassey began performing in pubs and clubs as a teenager and rose to become of the most successful British female singers of all time. She has long been associated with the Bond franchise having sung the epic theme tunes to 1964’s Goldinger, 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, and 1977’s Moonraker. Kanye West sampled her Bond song “Diamonds are Forever” for his 2005 hit “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.”
Bassey was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. Her “grand finale” album will arrive later this year, but in the meantime you can get a flavor of her distinctively dramatic singing style by revisiting her 2007 cover of Pink’s “Get the Party Started.”
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