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15 Things That Will Make You (Even More) Obsessed With Shirley Bassey

Here’s a look at Bassey’s early career — from the mid-’50s to the ’70s — and her unbelievably glamorous moments.

1. Bassey was born in 1937, and grew up in Cardiff Bay, Wales.

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2. She is of Welsh, English, and Nigerian descent. Here she is in 1955, the year her career began to take off.

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3. Bassey’s first hit, “The Banana Boat Song” (1957)

4. Shirley in 1959, “preparing” a meal in her fancy new London home. She had her first child, Sharon, at age 17 in 1954

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5. Bassey looking ridiculously glamorous in 1960. She’s only 23-years-old here.

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6. In this 1960 portrait, Bassey shows off a pretty freaking amazing champagne colored gown.

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7. 1962: Here, Bassey models a dress she might wear for President Kennedy’s inauguration anniversary celebrations, where she was invited to sing.

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8. Shirley in 1964 with her second child, Samantha. (Sadly, Samantha died at age 21.)

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9. Singing “Goldfinger” in 1965.

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10. Performing at the London Palladium in 1965.

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11. Shirley in 1967, the coolest grown-up lady to have stuffed animals ever.

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12. Shirley Bassey’s cover of the Beatles’ “Something,” (1970) became a huge U.K. hit.

13. Another career milestone: “Diamonds Are Forever,” the theme song of the 1971 “James Bond” movie.

14. Performing on German TV in 1972.

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15. And of course, “Goldfinger.” Here she is performing the song live at Royal Albert Hall in 1974 and FOR REAL, THIS WILL MAKE YOU SHIVER.

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