1. Dame Shirley Bassey has a licence to thrill

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-10-24

    More than 50 years on and Dame Shirley Bassey still has an undeniable licence to thrill.

    NME reports that the three-time James Bond title theme performer wowed the London crowd on Friday night as she celebrated her longstanding music career with a Electric Proms show with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

    Dame Shirley performed a selection of her classic hits along with a few new tracks from her soon-to-be-released album The Performance (which is produced by current 007 composer David Arnold and includes a composition from John Barry and Don Black amongst many other notable names in the music business).

    She chose her 1971 Bond theme Diamonds are Forever to kick off the show. ‘It’s nice to be back for the first time since Glastonbury,’ she told the crowd before she quipped. ‘I gather you were all there in your wellies, like me?’

    The grand event was brought to a close with a performance of the showstopping Goldfinger.

    For an indepth interview with Dame Shirley, visit this article in The Guardian.

    The Performance album is due for release on 9 November and can currently be pre-ordered online:

    Keep watching the main page—and our Twitter feed—for more news on this exciting album.