51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 2: Shirley Bassey – Get The Party Started

Welcome back to one of the new features I launched last week here on Hugh’s Views And News. Thank you to everyone that joined in and shared one of their favourite songs. Check out all the songs in the comments section of the post for week 1 by clicking here.

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On Sunday 8th January 2017, Dame Shirley Bassey celebrated her 80th birthday. What better way to celebrate than with a party. Take it away, Dame Shirley…

Born in 1937 in Cardiff, Wales, Shirley is probably best known for recording the songs to the James Bond films, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. However, in 2007, at the age of 70, she recorded and released ‘Get The Party Started’, a song originally released by American recording artist, Pink, in 2001.

Charting at number 47 in the UK and at number 43 in the Billboards Year-End Hot Dance play tracks charts, this is how one newspaper described the track.

“Bassey is the only singer alive who could take the bouncing, enthusiastic R&B of the original Get the Party Started and turn it into a grand, imperious swoop worthy of a Bond Theme; it’s a terrific cover version, even if it perhaps didn’t quite merit the album attached to it.”

Happy 80th Birthday, Dame Shirley. I think you did a splendid job with this track.

Have you heard Dame Shirley’s version of the song before? Did you enjoy it?

Thanks to Ruth, Barbara, and Kat who joined in and published their own blog posts about a favourite song.

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