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Greatest Welsh Woman Singer : Shirley Bassey

Updated on June 24, 2013


Greatest Welsh Woman Singer : Shirley Bassey

There are thousands of talented Welsh singers, actors and actresses who are renowned worldwide. It has been said that every one out of seven Welsh will become famous in the world. Shirley Bassey is definitely one of the greatest Welsh singer of all time. I love the power of her voice plus the intensity when she sings.

Personal Life;

  • Born: 8 January 1937, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
  • She was divorced twice and she has two daughters, one dead already.
  • Shirley Bassey is a Welsh singer and is considered the most successful British female artist of all time.
  • She became famous in the fifty’s and for recording the songs for the movies of James Bond like Goldfinger in 1964, Diamonds are Forever in 1971 and Moonraker in 1979. She was  born to a Nigerian dad and her mother is of English heritage and she was the youngest child among seven.


Shirley Bassey Greatest Welsh Woman singer
Shirley Bassey Greatest Welsh Woman singer
Greatest Welsh Woman Singer Shirley Bassey
Greatest Welsh Woman Singer Shirley Bassey

Awards and Achievements:

  • She is an artist with the longest span of top 40 hits --for 50 years--.
  • 2000 – Most Successful British Female Singer per Guinness Book of World Records
  • In 1999 The British Royal family created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and awarded her that recognition of her singing prowess and career longevity. It was awarded by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • She was awarded France's top honour -- the Legion d’Honneur -- to signify her popularity and importance in the culture of the Country France
  • As part of the celebration of the Queens Golden Jubilee she performed in 2002 at the Palace

Short History about the beginning of her career

  • Shirley Bassey started her career very early, singing at different theater, clubs and public houses. It was in 1951 when she first signed a contract (professional) and a tour variety show “Memories of Jolson” a musical based on the life of the man.
  • She was only fifteen during those times. At 16 she gave birth to her first daughter. In 1955, Michael Sullivan an agent put her career on a headstart. She toured various theaters until she got an offer of the show that put her firmly on the road to stardom, Al Reads's -- “Such Is Life” -- in Londons west End. From that time on she never stopped.

Career highlights:

  • 1972-1976 -- Various awards giving bodies awarded her Best female Singer -- She toured the UK to make her twenty years as a recording artist, plus the EMI awarded her as well for
  • !977 -- The Britons awarded her the Best Females Solo artist. She achieved a nomination for “The Shirley Bassey show” from the "Golden Rose of Montreux".
  • 1991 – 1992 ---- Walk of Fame-- Star Boulevard and the plaque was given in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1993 -- Awarded “Commander of the Order of the British Empire” CBE
  • 1995 -- Showbusiness Personality of the Year given by the variety Club of Great Britain
  • 1997 1998 – In 1997 she was nominated in Grammy and in 1998 she did "The Birthday Concert" IN 1998 she has the l
  • un by a solo artist at least ten shows at Royal Festival Hall, London
  • 1999 – Madam Tussaud's wax -- work unveiled in London and the second wax model was in Las Vegas) She was given the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • 2003 – 2004 Outstanding Contribution to Music – National Music Awards, United Kingdom and Lifetime Achievement Award (inaugural award) – Western Mail Welsh Woman of the Year Awards
  • 2004 – 2005 in 2004, she was voted in the top ten 100 great Black Briton and Artist for Peace Award by the UNESCO. In 2005 – Avenue Stars – The plaque was unveiled in London -- the Avenue of stars
  • 2008 – The "Goldfinger" by the “United Artists single” --- (1964) inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame

There you go, now you can rest assured her songs will continue to be heard anywhere, she is truly the greatest Welsh woman singer of all time.



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      9 years ago

      i was privledged to see her perform live twice. what a stunning LADY at all times. the geatest singer and performer of all times

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      10 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Shirley Bassey is one of the GREATEST singers of all time. I have all of her CDs and she just gets better with age. Good job!

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      11 years ago from US

      thank you bonny, yes she is great and whoooa, I didnt know that all Welsh can sing and thats great,

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      bonetta hartig 

      11 years ago from outback queensland

      I love Shirley Bassey not surprised she is Welsh - haven't met a welshman or woman yet who couldn't sing the birds out of the trees - thank you for the chance to learn more about her

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      11 years ago from US

      Hi TnFlash, yes she is great, I ma glad you listened to her, impressive CV isnt it? thank you

    • alexandriaruthk profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from US

      Hi msyti, your fathers legacy will be remembered by those whom he helped, you must be very proud of him, I can understand that, if he helped all those big people, he is great indeed,

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      11 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Great Hub! I really enjoy listening to Shirley Bassey sing. She has such a great voice and has been singing forever. Good Work!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sadly my Father died back in 1986 Alexandria, but his death was mentioned in the Stage Newspaper with a lovely write up. Many of the acts he booked when they were barely known, yet they went on to become very famous, (he had a great eye for potential talent). Just some of the acts he booked (as well as Shirley), were,

      Freddie and the Dreamers

      The Rolling Stones

      Val Doonican

      Paul Daniels

      Morcambe and Wise

      Little and Large

      Dick Emery

      Ronnie Corbett

      Plus many many more that escape my immediate memory right now.

    • alexandriaruthk profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from US

      wow Misty, your father is a BIG in music industry and what you shared is iteresting LOL< maybe now she learned a lot of proper decorum, Thank you for sharing this one and I am glad you came by here

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      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      My Father (an impresario) booked Shirley Bassey back in the early 60's I believe, (although might have been the late 50's), to appear in one of his Variety shows in Guernsey for a season. At the time she was still a very 'raw' unknown talent, and knew little of etiquette and how to behave in the company of other professionals and what order to use cutlery in at restaurants etc, (I seem to remember she was in one restaurant with my Father and some business colleagues and she asked for brown sauce to put on her food. When the waiter brought the brown sauce it was in a serving dish, and Shirley chipped in with "Nooooo, I want the stuff in the bottle!"). She was given a great deal of coaching to tidy up her loose ends, and then, as we know, she went on to far greater things and is now the star we know today.

      Great Hub and well written.

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      11 years ago from US

      yes it is an amazing career Princessa, thank you

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      Wow, what an amazing carreer, I didn't know Shirley Bassey was Welsh and neither that she had such an acomplished CV behind her. Thanks for the discovery!


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