Shirley Veronica Bassey, born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff on 8 January 1937, was the youngest child of six. Bassey attended Moorland Road School and her strong singing voice was noticed at an early age. After leaving secondary school she found employment at a factory, singing at public houses and clubs on an evening and weekends. In 1953 she signed her first professional contract, singing in a touring musical, Memories of Jolson. Bassey’s most recognised songs are the songs she recorded for the James Bond theme tunes including, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever & Goldfinger. Bassey still has a successful career today & was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.