Saturday, 14 June 2014

Retro Vinyl: Reach For The Stars - Shirley Bassey (Columbia DB 4685, 1961)

Reach For The Stars
Back in the early days of 45RPM some single releases gained popular airplay for both sides of the record rather than just the A side.

Such was the case for Tiger Bay's songstress Shirley Bassey  who scored a No.1 hit on September 19, 1961 with Reach For The Stars and Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Columbia DB 4685) .

The single interrupted the Joe Meek produced hit Johnny Remember Me by John Leyton run at the top of the UK charts after three weeks.

Shirley Bassey would hold the top spot of the UK charts for one week only with Reach For The Stars and Climb Ev'ry Mountain. Leyton's Johnny Remember Me would return to number one for a further week on September 26, 1961.

Climb Ev'ry Mountain
One of the best vocal performances of 1961, the double A sided single still remains one of Shirley Bassey's career high points over 50 years after its initial release.

Reach For The Stars was written by Austrian song writer Udo Jurgens with English lyrics by Norman Newell while the Rodgers-Hammerstein composition  Climb Ev'ry Mountain was from the 1959 musical The Sound of Music.

The inspirational lyrics of both songs are fantastically matched with the vocal energy of the young Shirley Bassey delivering a powerhouse single release for 1961 and a much loved chart-topper for many years to come.

Was pleased to locate this single in a Newport charity shop today for 50p.

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