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Uploaded on Oct 7, 2011
Dame Gracie Fields makes her 10th Royal Variety Appearance as a surprise guest at the end of the 1978 tribute to the Queen Mother. Gracie, aged 80 here, performs her theme song 'Sally.' It was Gracie's penultimate public performance, but final TV performance in the UK.
This is the best quality version of this that has ever been uploaded to Youtube, and the full song too, which is rarely seen in its entirety. It's a shame that the announcer's introduction is missing, as he describes Gracie very touchingly, "She's come home for us tonight." (If anyone has the full 1978 RVP, then please let me know).
Three members of the Dame Gracie Fields Appreciation Society --Shaun Hewitt, Chris Webster and myself were granted special access recently to view Gracie's iconic 1978 dress in person, and what a privilege it was too! --Some photos show this at the end of the video.
It's great to see Gracie's fellow artists in awe of her --look at Rula Lenska, for example. And of course, Max Bygraves sings the opening bar of 'Sally' too early and Danny La Rue's over the top laughter.
Check out my other Gracie Fields and Elaine Paige uploads, and join 'The Dame Gracie Fields Appreciation Society'.