Shirley Bassey: What a dame!

She turned 80 on Christmas Eve and delivered. They don’t make them like Shirl any more. In fact, I don’t think they ever made one quite like Shirley. I Am What I Am is not my fave of her hits–but she hits every mark and I love the new (?) growl which accompanies a few of the climaxes. I don’t enjoy the lukewarm host here , who excels in fantastic drag comedy, but we dumb everything down and put him in a suit.