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April 7, 2019

 

 

In 57, ‘Banana Boat Song’, on Philips,

for Shirley Bassey, at No.8, crossed the Top 10 line.

Also in 57, ‘Fire Down Below’ – a Top 30,

and ‘You You Romeo’, peaked at No.29.

 

In 58, ‘As I Love You’, still on Philips –

her first UK No.1, for 4 weeks, was to be.

Followed by ‘Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss me’,

on Philips, settling at No.3.

 

In 60, ‘With These Hands’, now on Columbia,

at No.38, was on view.

Also in 60, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’,

had a chart run of 30 weeks – peaking at No.2.

 

In 61, ‘You’ll Never Know’, still on Columbia,

reached up to No.6.

And ‘Reach For The Stars’/’Climb Ev’ry Mountain’,

at No.1, next in this mix.

 

Ending 61, ‘I’ll Get By’, still on Columbia,

had another Top 10 won.

And beginning 62, ‘Tonight’,

peaked at No.21.

 

Next in 62, came ‘Ava Maria’,

reaching a No.31 score.

Followed by ‘Far Away’,

climbing to No.24.

 

Also in 62, ‘What Now My Love’, still on Columbia,

had a seventeen week chart stay – peaking at No.5.

And in 63, ‘What Kind Of Fool Am I’,

at No.47, did arrive.

 

Also in 63, ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’,

reached No.6, with a twenty week chart run.

And in 64, ‘My Special Dream’, peaked at No.32,

and at No.36, still on Columbia, was ‘Gone’.

 

Ending 64, ‘Goldfinger’ made No.21,

and in 65, ‘No Regrets (Non Je Ne Regrette Rien)’, hit No.39.

And in 67, now on United Artists,

‘Big Spender’ reached the No.21 line.

 

In 70, ‘Something’, peaked at No.4,

and in 71, at No.48, was ‘The Fool On The Hill’.

Also in 71, ‘(Where Do I Begin) Love Story’, at No.34,

and ending 71, ‘For All We Know’, a Top 6, loved still.

 

In 72, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, made No.38,

again, filling Bond film followers with glee..

And in 73, ‘Never Never Never’ was at No.8,

and the last hit on United Artist, was to be.

 

In 87, ‘The Rhythm Divine’ peaked at No.54,

for Yello featuring Shirley Bassey, on Mercury label.

And in 96, ‘Disco La Passione’ reached No.41,

for Chris Rea & Shirley Bassey, on East West label.

 

In 97, ‘History Repeating’, on Wall of sound,

for Propellerheads & Shirley Bassey – a No.19, was to be.

And in 99, ‘World In Union’ reached No.35,

for Shirley Bassey/Bryn Terfel, on Universal TV.

 

In 07, ‘The Living Tree’, climbed to No.37,

and ‘Get The Party Started’, reached No.47 –

both these hits on Lock Stock & Barrel,

from this Welsh legend, we all think just heaven.

 

 

Written by Harriet Blackbury.

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