Dame Shirley Bassey
(born January 8
) is a Welsh
singer of mixed racial origins. She was born in the notorious "Tiger Bay
" area of Cardiff
. Her first UK hit single was the "Banana Boat Song" (1957), but she is probably best known for performing the theme from the 1964 James Bond
film, "Goldfinger". She is famous for her extravagant gowns. At the concert to celebrate the opening of the Welsh Assembly
in 1999, she appeared in a dress made from the Welsh national flag.
Bassey was knighted on December 31, 1999.