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Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey

thumb|250px|Dame Shirley Bassey"Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey", DBE (born January 8, 1937), is a Welsh singer, perhaps best-known for performing the theme songs to the James Bond films ''Goldfinger'' (1964), ''Diamonds Are Forever'' (1971), and ''Moonraker'' (1979). She is the only singer to have recorded more than one James Bond theme song.

Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff to a Nigerian father who was a seaman, while her mother came from Yorkshire, Northern England. She grew up in the notorious working-class district of Tiger Bay, Cardiff, as the youngest of seven children. Her father left when she was just two years old.

Bassey went to Moorland Primary School, Splott, Cardiff.

Bassey first found employment packing in a local factory when she left school at the age of fifteen. She enjoyed singing while she packed enamel pots, and to supplement her wage she sang in local pubs and clubs. In 1953, she signed up for the revue ''Memories of Jolson'', a musical based on the life of Al Jolson. She next took up a professional engagement in ''Hot From Harlem'', which ran until 1954. By this time Bassey had become sick of show business, and had bec...

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