Song of the Day: Breakfast in Bed – Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey “Something Else” 1971 United Artists Records – While some folks can’t stomach the supper club sound of easy listening music from the ‘60s and early ‘70s, I get warmly nostalgic hearing the sound of my youth sitting in the back seat of my parents’ car. The truth is, my siblings and I saw this music at the time as a form of child abuse, but now I like to savor the brassy arrangements of the hits of the day, sung by “Goldfinger” herself. Extra points go out for the groovy album cover.

Shirley Bassey’s 1971 album “Something Else” showcases her vocal range and musical adaptability. Released under United Artists, the album features a mix of pop, soul, and easy listening covers alongside original tracks like “It’s Impossible” and “For All We Know,” produced by Nile Rodgers. Though not as commercially successful as some of Bassey’s other works, “Something Else” earned critical acclaim for its solid arrangements and Bassey’s emotive performances. Despite its lower profile, the album remains a fan favorite, appreciated for its diversity and Bassey’s powerful vocals, encapsulating her enduring influence in music.

Her version of “Breakfast in Bed” is our song of the day pick from “Something Else”.