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27 April 2010

Ray Charles On Happy Birthday Shirley (1997)

Ray Charles (and many other artists) contributed with some form of prerecorded footage to Happy Birthday Shirley, directed by Nigel Lythgoe. Dame Shirley Bassey performed some of her best known hits and new material in front of an invited audience, to celebrate her 60th birthday.
The show was directed by Nigel Lythgoe, and co-hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck. It was first aired on 11 January 1997 by London Weekend Television. Source here.
"Synopsis: International singing superstar Shirley Bassey hosts her own night-club soirée in celebration of her 60th birthday. The world-famous songstress delights a star-studded audience of leading lights from the worlds of entertainment, politics and sport with a series of dazzling performances of her new songs. [...]. With performances also from Ray Charles (Happy Birthday), and from Paul Zerdin [...]."

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