Shirley Bassey

© Shirley Bassey

Bassey is a singer and performer of Welsh origin whose career spans more than six decades. She grew up in the poor Tiger Bay area of Cardiff in Wales and left school at the age of 14. She then started working in a factory during the day and performed in the evenings and at weekends in local bars.

Her powerful voice is noticeable straight away. Her career began in the 1950s when she appeared on a television show. She then signed her first professional contract as a singer and recorded her first record, “Burn My Candle”. The 1970s were a period of great success for Shirley, and she became a household name. Under the United Artist label, a series of her albums became very popular.

I try to eat healthy. I really enjoy gymnastics. A trainer comes to my flat in Monaco three times a week. I try to go to the gym three times, but if I’m lucky I manage to go twice.

In 2014, she will produce another new album to celebrate her 60 year long career. Known around the world for her three Bond movie songs (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker), Bassey was also the first Welshwoman to have a number 1 single.

She has recorded 37 studio albums, 6 live albums, 19 EPs and 105 singles. She is considered one of the most popular British singers of the second half of the 20th century. She lives in Monte Carlo. Shirley Bassey has two daughters, Sharon and Samantha and has also adopted a child called Mark.

  • Singer
  • 8 January 1937
  • United Kingdom