Before Hit “Goldfinger,” Dame Shirley Bassey Was Singing With The Salvation Army


Welsh music icon, Dame Shirley Bassey sang her hit “Goldfinger” at the Oscars last night in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise and the 1964 theme song that launched her international music career. Dressed from head-to-toe in sparkly gold, Bassey gave an effortless performance that received the largest ovation of the evening.

Although some of her biggest hits were about diamonds and gold, Bassey’s music career began in a working-class dockside district in Cardiff, Wales’ Capital city, where she discovered her talent and love for music while singing in The Salvation Army’s youth choir as a Junior Soldier.

From her start at The Salvation Army, Bassey began singing at local public houses and clubs before signing her first professional contract at the age of 15. Bassey is one of many talented vocalists and musicians who discovered their passion for music with the help of a Salvation Army youth program.

Music has always played an important part in Salvation Army ministry and life from its earliest days in England, providing an expression of faith and form of recreation. To learn more about the youth music programs of The Salvation Army near you, visit