A set of stamps honouring Dame Shirley Bassey’s 70 years in showbiz has been issued by Royal Mail – its first set devoted to a solo feminine music artist.
The eight stamps in the primary set present the Welsh singer performing throughout her illustrious music profession at venues as various as a London nightclub and the opening ceremony of the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
Dame Shirley, now 86, is pictured on a TV present in 1963, close to the beginning of her time in music, and as lately as 2013, on the Oscars ceremony.
There’s additionally a sheet of 4 stamps of candid black and white pictures taken of her throughout recording classes and rehearsals.
Royal Mail has issued devoted units of stamps for David Bowie, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney, however by no means to a feminine solo music artist.
Dame Shirley stated: “I’m completely thrilled and would by no means have dreamed that sooner or later my face can be on a stamp… that sooner or later a letter may arrive and there I’m, with a postmark subsequent to me!
“It is an absolute honour to be the primary solo feminine artist to obtain a group from Royal Mail.
“The stamps are great, and I hope my followers and collectors love them as a lot as I do.”
David Gold, Royal Mail’s director of exterior affairs and coverage, stated it’s “a becoming celebration of one of many UK’s most revered and longest-serving musical icons”.
Born in 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, the Welsh singer first carried out in 1953 earlier than scoring a number-one hit in 1959 with As I Love You.
By the Nineteen Sixties, she was a global star with quite a few hit albums spanning up to date pop, present tunes and soundtracks.
A few of her biggest work was with movie composer John Barry, creating the James Bond theme songs Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Eternally and Moonraker, which grew to become her signature songs.
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Within the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s, she attracted an entire new viewers, performing the official track for the 1999 Rugby World Cup with Bryn Terfel and wowing the crowds on the 2007 Glastonbury Pageant in diamante Wellington boots.
She was awarded a CBE in 1994 and a DBE in 1999.
The stamps might be pre-ordered from Thursday they usually go on normal sale on 21 September. All 12 can be found for £19.50.