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Royal Variety Performances 1961 and 2014 - Dame Shirley Bassey (1st and 9th)

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This clip includes Shirley Bassey's 1st and 9th Royal Variety Performances; this represents a 53 year period between her 1st and 9th performances. Shirley Bassey's 1st Royal Variety Performance back on November 12, 1961 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Shirley is introduced by a good friend, Bruce Forsyth Shirley performs, 1) Lucky Day, 2) I'm Shooting High, 3) As Long As He Needs Me Dame Shirley returns for a 9th Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre on November 13, 2014. Shirley is introduced by Michael McIntyre. Dame Shirley performs, 1) I'm Still Here, 2) The Lady Is A Tramp Shirley's voice has changed over the past 61+ years in the business but what has remained constant is her exceptional vocal abilities. Well into her 70's, Dame Shirley's voice is as strong as ever, which is an extremly unique attribute for any professional vocalist. ABOUT the Royal Variety: The Royal Variety Performance is a gala evening held annually in the United Kingdom, which is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family, usually the reigning monarch. The reigning monarch either attends in person or is represented by another member of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales have alternately attended the performance for the last few years. The evening's performance is a variety show consisting of family entertainment, including comedy, singing, dancing, magic and other speciality acts, and many of the performers and hosts are celebrities. The event is organised on behalf of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund of which Queen Elizabeth II is patron. All proceeds are donated to the fund. The performance is broadcast on television and is considered by many to be a tradition of the Christmas season, as it is held in late November or early December each year. ITV is now the sole broadcaster, having shared that responsibility with the BBC from 1986 to 2010 The first performance, on 1 July 1912, was called the Royal Command Performance, and this name has persisted informally for the event. This was held in the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, in the presence of King George V and Queen Mary. After correspondence with Sir Edward Moss the King said he would command a Royal Variety show in his Coronation Year 1911, provided the profits went to the Variety Artistes' Benevolent Fund, as the EABF was then known. It was planned to be in the Empire Theatre, Edinburgh, part of the vast Moss Empires group, but the building went on fire a month before the show. After the death of Sir Edward Moss, Alfred Butt was chosen as the impresario and it was staged in 1912. This was a lavish occasion, and his London Palace Theatre was lavishly decorated, complete with some 3 million rose petals.