Known as "the Tigress of Tiger Bay" and (to her displeasure) "Bassey the Belter," Shirley Bassey is a Welsh singer known for her big, bold interpretations of classic and contemporary pop. Outside the UK, where she enjoys enormous and enduring popularity, she's primarily known as the singer of the Bond themes for Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker.
Shirley Bassey was born on January 8th, 1937, in the working-class dockside district of Splott in Cardiff. She was the youngest of seven children born to an English woman (Eliza Jane (née Metcalfe)) and an illegal Nigerian immigrant (Henry Bassey), who was most likely deported when she was three. Shirley began singing when... Read More