Shirley Bassey was the seventh child of Henry (a seaman from Nigeria)and Eliza Bassey.
Shirley Bassey left school in 1952 and worked in a factory, however in 1955 she left Cardiff for London, after being discovered by band leader Jack Hylton.
In 1957 Shirley Bassey's debut single The Banana Boat Song reached the top 10.
More hits followed including the number ones, As I Love You and Climb Every Mountain.
In October 1964, when Shirley Bassey's rendition of Goldfinger, the theme to the third James Bond film, was a huge success in the UK and the USA.
Channel 4 made Shirley Bassey one of the subjects of their controversial biography strand "The Real ..."