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Dame Shirley Bassey - "Goldfinger" | Oct 30th

In a career spanning 70 years, Dame Shirley Bassey is a Welsh singer who has sung the theme song for three Bond movies (Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979)). She has had numerous TV specials, and hosted a variety show from 1976-1979. Some of her many awards include an NME Favorite British Female Singer (1959), a BRIT Award fr Best British Female Solo Artist in the previous 25 years (1977) and a Guiness World Records: Most Successful British Female Singer (2000).

Ideas for discussion questions:

  1. How does Bassey make this performance dramatic?

  2. How can you tell that this performance is from 1974?

  3. She says that Goldfinger has the Midas touch - what does that mean?

  4. At 1:38, it looks like Bassey is singing to a dark room. How might not seeing the audience affect her performance?

  5. Can you name any other musicians who sing in a similar style?


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