The legendary Shirley Bassey, mistress of James Bond theme songs such as “Goldfinger,” “Moonraker,” and “Diamonds Are Forever,” turns 70 today – not that you’d be able to tell watching this 2006 Marks & Spencer holiday ad in which she covers Pink’s “Get the Party Started.” Anyhow, because Bassey’s remix CD is a road-trip staple for me, and because I’ve learned that nothing brings a rowdy karaoke-bar crowd to a state of stunned silence like covering “Goldfinger” (don’t ask), I got inspired to give Ms. Bassey the gift of a b’day haiku. Won’t you write one, too?
name’s bassey. shirley bassey.
license to (still) thrill