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More than a few of them stayed - some just for a while between stints at sea. Others put down roots. Typically, these men would buy or rent a house in the docklands and set it up as a legal or, more often than not, illegal boarding house, catering to their fellow sailors.
Bassey was one of those who stayed. He arrived in Cardiff inaged 24, and records show that over the next two decades he lived at a bewildering number of addresses in and around Tiger Bay. In those days, Tiger Bay was as racy and decadent a neighbourhood as any of the other notorious sailortowns, with its transient population, bars, brothels and pleasure-houses.
Bassey was often away at sea. Infor example, he signed on as a stoker - a hellish job shovelling coal in the engine room of a ship called the Trevarrack, which left Cardiff for Philadelphia. Four weeks after Philadelphia, they were in the old slave-trading hub of Rio De Janeiro, on whose streets every form of sexual perversion was available.
It was a common sight to see negro and mulatto girls as young as ten or 11 offering themselves to foreign seamen. Another week's sailing and Bassey was in the river port of Rosario de Santa Fe in Argentina, famed for the quality of the Russian whores in its casas de putas.
Four days there and it was a short sail to Buenos Aires, where he spent ten days in La Boca, the dockland community with its dance halls, brothels and flourishing trade in pornography. What eventually anchored Bassey to Cardiff was starting a family. How he met Eliza Jane is unknown, but by the time he returned home from that trip he was a father. It was Eliza's fifth child, but their first together. They named her Grace. The birth certificate gives her father as Henry Bassey, a 'mercantile marine fireman' who lived with her mother, Eliza Jane Metcalfe, at number 40 Loudoun Square, at the squalid heart of Tiger Bay.
Five months later, in earlyHenry and Eliza were married. On the register, Bassey gave his father's name as John Bassey deceased. Intriguingly, Eliza records hers as 'Alfred Metcalfe', which was actually the name of her first husband, back in Middlesbrough.
Alfred was the father of one of her two all-white children, and she had run away from him and them four years earlier, when she was pregnant by an unknown black man, probably an itinerant sailor. It seems fair to assume from this odd use of his name now that she was never actually divorced from Metcalfe and, to avoid the suspicion of bigamy, decided to pass off her married name of Metcalfe as her maiden name. Shirley and her mother Eliza pictured at the begining of her career.
Dame Shirley has often said that she owes her success to her mother Clearly she got away with it, because the married Basseys now moved to lodgings in Bute Street - the main thoroughfare of Tiger Bay. They would remain here for the next decade, where Eliza would give birth to five more children. Henry, it seems, was now going to sea less and less, possibly because of the fall- off in trade during the Depression. Conventional jobs were generally barred to him in other parts of Cardiff because of the colour of his skin, so he took to sub-letting rooms to new arrivals and putting on 'rent parties' - ad hoc gatherings with booze and women and dancing to live music.
It was a hard existence, as was shown, Williams says, by the fact that every time the family appear on an official record, they had moved house again.
This was life lived in perpetual fear of the landlord. There was also that ever-increasing brood of children to feed, culminating with Shirley's birth in January However, the couple managed to keep their heads above water in the first year of her life - until, in Februarya terrible scandal broke that tore the family apart. Bassey was accused of having sex with an under-age girl and was arrested. In the Cardiff police archive, it is recorded that he was charged with 'defilement of a girl under 16 years'.
A month later, the case came to trial at Glamorgan Assizes, where the prosecution alleged that 'on a day unknown between January 1,and October 31,he had carnal knowledge of a girl of the age of nine years'. There were five other charges, all more or less identical but with different dates.
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He had, it was said, repeatedly raped an unnamed young girl over a period of nearly six years, from the time she was nine until the time he was finally charged, when she was Bassey pleaded his innocence, forcing the girl to give evidence against him in open court - which she bravely did, testifying that 'this sort of thing had been going on since she was nine'. The court believed her, and Bassey was sentenced to eight years' penal servitude, with a recommendation for deportation to Nigeria to follow.
Under the headline Eight Years For Coloured Man, the local newspaper reported how Henry Bassey, aged 42, was convicted of serious offences against a young girl in Cardiff. It noted that 'horrible details' were given in court, but did not elaborate.
All Williams could find out about the girl involved in the case was that she died some while ago. Bassey sought leave to appeal but the judge refused, citing the compelling testimony from the girl as his reason.
In the end, he would serve five years in prison before being deported back to Nigeria in This was terrible for Eliza and her children. The affair scandalised and shamed the whole community. Ms Bassey's fathers crime was covered up by the residents of Tiger Bay, so much so that when the new book's author visited he found people were still not willing to discuss the events, 70 years on The gossip at the time was unbearable for Eliza, as she tried to shield her younger children from the knowledge of what had happened.
Unless she wanted to spend the rest of her life listening out for people talking behind her back, she would have to move. Neil Diamond's one-man show seemed, on the face of it, to be a brash idea.
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One-man shows have traditionally been associated with talents like Judy Garland and Danny Kaye. Diamond is clearly a brash young man and one with both the musical track record and the performance macho to bring it off He needn't worry about comparisons with the likes of Garland and Kaye. He said years later, "I knew I'd come back, but I wasn't sure when.
I spent one year on each of those albums I'd been on the road six years. So for four years I devoted myself to my son Jesse. The film received hostile reviews and did poorly at the box office, and the album grossed more than the film did. Bachauthor of the best-selling source story, disowned the film, and he and Diamond sued Bartlett, though for differing reasons; in Bach's case, it was because he felt the film omitted too much from the original novella, whereas in Diamond's case, it was because he felt the film had butchered his score.
Often his arrogance is just a cover for the lonely and insecure person underneath. He also again appeared at the Greek Theater in a concert, Love at the Greek.
The latter had been intended for the Jonathan Livingston Seagull score, but Diamond had completed it too late for inclusion. That same year he appeared on a TV special for Shirley Bassey and sang a duet with her. The show played through July 5 and drew sold-out crowds at the 7,seat theater. A "who's who" of Hollywood attended opening night, ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to Chevy Chaseand Diamond walked out on stage to a standing ovation.
He opened the show with a story about an ex-girlfriend who dumped him before he became successful. His lead-in line to the first song of the evening was, "You may have dumped me a bit too soon, baby, because look who's standing here tonight.
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The concert and interviews were taped by film director William Friedkinwho used six cameras to capture the performance. Barbra Streisand covered the song on her album Songbirdand later, a Diamond-Streisand duet was recorded, spurred by the success of radio mash-ups. That version hit No. They appeared unannounced at the Grammy awards ceremony, where they performed the song to a surprised and rapturous audience.
It and " Red Red Wine " are his best-known original songs made more famous by other artists. In Februarythe uptempo "Forever in Blue Jeans", co-written and jointly composed with his guitarist, Richard Bennett, was released as a single from You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Diamond's album from the previous year.
Though the movie received poor reviews, the soundtrack spawned three Top 10 singles, "Love on the Rocks", "Hello Again", and " America ", the last of which had emotional significance for Diamond. In a way, it speaks to the immigrant in all of us. The song was also the one he was most proud of, partly because of when it was later used: At the time, a national poll found the song to be the number-one most recognized song about America, more than "God Bless America".
Critic David Wild noted that the film showed that Diamond was open about his religion: Though the film's title character is never mentioned in the lyrics, Universal Pictureswhich had released E. The Extra-Terrestrial and was the parent company of the Uni Records label, by then called MCA Recordsfor which Diamond had recorded for years, briefly threatened legal action against both Diamond and Columbia Records.
Diamond's record sales slumped somewhat in the s and s, his last single to make the Billboard's Pop Singles chart coming inbut his concert tours continued to be big draws. Billboard magazine ranked Diamond as the most profitable solo performer of Three weeks later he starred in Hello Again, his first television special in nine years, performing comedy sketches and a duo medley with Carol Burnett.
His "America" became the theme song for the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign. The s[ edit ] During the s, Diamond produced six studio albums. He covered many classic songs from the movies and from famous Brill Building-era songwriters. He also released two Christmas albums, the first of which peaked at No. Diamond also recorded two albums of mostly new material during this period. Inhe performed for President George H. InDiamond opened the Mark of the Quad Cities now the iWireless Center with two shows on May 27 and 28 to a crowd of 27,plus.
The s saw a resurgence in Diamond's popularity. It was used at Boston College football and basketball games. College sporting events in other states also played it,  and it was even played at sports events in other countries, such as a Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament  or a soccer match in Northern Ireland. The Pitt Panthers football team also played it after the third quarter of all home games, with the crowd cheering, "Let's go Pitt".
The Carolina Panthers played it at the end of every home game they won. The Davidson College pep band likewise played it at every Davidson Wildcats men's basketball home game, in the second half.
The album debuted at No. On April 8,Diamond made a surprise announcement in a big-screen broadcast at Fenway Park that he would be appearing there "live in concert" on August 23,as part of his world tour. The announcement, which marked the first official confirmation of any concert dates in the US, came during the traditional eighth-inning singalong of "Sweet Caroline", which had by that time become an anthem for Boston fans. On April 28,Diamond appeared on the roof of the Jimmy Kimmel building to sing "Sweet Caroline" after Kimmel was jokingly arrested for singing the song dressed as a Diamond impersonator.
Diamond performing at The RoundhouseLondon on October 30, On the same day the DVD was released, CBS aired an edited version, which won the ratings hour with 13 million viewers. The next day, the sales of the DVD surged, prompting Sony to order more copies to meet the high demand.
The result disappointed him as well as his fans, and on August 26, he offered refunds to anyone who applied by September 5.
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The s[ edit ] Diamond On November 2,Diamond released the album Dreamsa collection of 14 interpretations of his favorite songs by artists from the rock era. The album also included a new slow-tempo arrangement of his " I'm a Believer ".
The years and were marked by several milestones in Diamond's career. He also appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was the first game at Fenway since the bombings at the Boston Marathon.