Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever / Lara Fabian - Je t'aime (Gorbachev 80th BD) (2011 Live)





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Published on Jun 25, 2011

2011 (Shirley Bassey and Lara Fabian - Their appearances at Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th Birthday Celebration)

Dame Shirley Bassey and Lara Fabian! In my opinion, these two vocalists were the highlight of Mekhail Gorbachev's 80th Birthday Celebration, which was held on March 30, 2011. These two ladies are separated by more than a generation, and they each possess different singing styles, vocal pitch, vibrato, and timber. But, what they have in common is talent to the extreme! The voices that these two ladies have come around once every few decades or so, at best!

ABOUT Mikhail Gorbachev:
Mikhail Gorbachev is one of the few people who can justify the label 'The man who changed the world'.

In March 2011, he will turn 80. Outstanding representatives of the world of culture, science, sport, entertainment and politics from around the globe will join together at the Royal Albert Hall 2011 to celebrate the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and transformational 20th Century figure. The evening will presented by special guests including Sharon Stone and Kevin Spacey.

This fantastic gala evening will bring together the greatest artists from East and West, who will perform unique duets on the Royal Albert Hall stage to honour Gorbachev's achievements. Together, they will celebrate the seven stages of Mr Gorbachev's life including his childhood, rise to high office, the reforms of Perestroika, his international peace efforts and the charitable work of the Gorbachev Foundation.

Artists currently confirmed to be performing at this event include:
Dame Shirley Bassey
Lara Fabian
Bryan Ferry
Katherine Jenkins
Melanie C
Bolshoi and Mariinsky Soloists
Dmitry Hvorostovsky
Andrey Makarevich and Mashina Vremeni
Igor Krutoi
Turetsky Choir
Andrey Gavrilov

A long list of high profile VIPS will attend the red carpet event including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Angela Merkel, the RT Hon Sir John Major and mayor Boris Johnson.

ABOUT Dame Shirley Bassey:
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE (born 8 January 1937 in Cardiff, Wales), is a Welsh singer who starting in show business as a chorus girl back in 1953 at the age of sixteen. She found her own recording/singing fame in the late 1950s and has continued a successful career since then worldwide. She is best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979), and is a UNESCO Artist for Peace. Ms. Bassey has always been known for and is still recognized for her powerful alto/mezzo-soprano combo voice, with an incredible 3.6 octave vocal range in full belting voice. She is the largest selling female recording artist in the UK and has sold between 135-140 million records worldwide. Shirley's last CD, 'The Performance' was released in 2009.

ABOUT Lara Fabian:
Lara Fabian (born Lara Crokaert, January 9, 1970) is a Belgian-Italian international singer who also holds Canadian citizenship. Multilingual, she sings in French, Italian and English. She has also sung in Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (e.g., "Любовь похожая на сон", or "Love Resembeling A Dream"), once in Hebrew on Israel's 60th Independence Day celebrations and in German in 1988 for a version of "Croire" (ger.: "glaub" eng.: "believe"), although she speaks neither language fluently. She also speaks a little Dutch (Flemish). She has sold over 18 million records worldwide so far. She is a lyric soprano with a vocal range that spans four octaves from E-flat 3 to G#6.[1] She can belt up to A5.

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Comments • 27

Joseph Blanche
shirley Bassey great..amazing at 75 love her
Astonishing vids, fantastic talent great show, Wonderful!
Two different styles, both highly accomplished singers!
Michelle Jackson
I have 107 DSB songs.
Dr. Death
Shirley bassey all the way ... Forget that lara crap !
Catherine Lopez
We were so proud to see her at the Oscar 2013 Award Show. She made such an INCREDIBLE SHOW and PERFORMANCE. She is OUTSTANDING ARTIST!!
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Great comment Ugonna! Many younger viewers (not all) are so used to light timbre sopranos, which young female singers tend to me, that they don't want to even listen to a powerfully seasoned combo Alto/Mezzo voice like Shirley has. My word, she is 74 yo here! Of course, these same people won't take the time to find Shirley's original recording of the same song releassed over 40 years ago. Nobody's voice stays the same over 60 years, but Shirley's voics has indeed aged like fine wine. 
This goes right through you. Unbelievable. Just watched her doing Goldfinger. Can't wait for the Oscars to see her do this there. Cubby Broccoli and John Barry will be there in spirit. That's for sure. 
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ATTENTION: Dame Shirley Bassey will be appearing at the 2013 Academy Awards Show In Hollywood on February 24th. She will perform for the 50th James Bond anniversary celebration! Wonderful News! Bassey is herself celebrating 60 (Diamond) years in Show Business, starting back in 1953.
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