Dame Shirley is the kind of performer who only gets more treasurable as the years pass. Her brand of stardom - outsized, wide-eyed, based on equal parts major talent and massive charisma - seemed for a while a little much, her telegraphed emotion and stentorian voice overshadowing her extraordinary gifts as a performer and (still too little remarked upon) interpreter. Who else could sing everything from James Bond's "Goldfinger" to Janis Ian's "Jesse"? Not to mention her remarkable run, in recent years, of collaborations with pop songwriters and groups.
Of those, her "History Repeating" with the Propellerheads probably remains my favorite, but this song - created for her by Manic Street Preachers - certainly fits her like a glove, letting her sing her own story even as she shows off a set of pipes almost untouched by all the decades that have taken her so far indeed from Tiger Bay.
So here's to her, big spenders, living her life her way. Like diamonds, she's forever.