He's the man, the man with the Midas touch,\\
A spider's touch.\\
Such a cold finger,\\
Beckons you to enter his web of sin,\\
But don't go in.''

Shirley Bassey (January 8, 1937-) is a [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Welsh]] singer, affectionately and [[{{Spoonerism}} spooneristically]] referred to as "Burly Chassis". Her career spans more than sixty years, and she has a powerful and very distinctive voice that is instantly recognisable - nobody sounds exactly like her, but you can immediately tell when they're trying to.

Bassey is particularly noted for being the only person to have sung more than one of the ''Film/JamesBond'' {{Title Theme Tune}}s, including the themes for ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', and the original themes for ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' ("Mr Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang") and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' ("No Good About Goodbye") before the studio decided to go with Tom Jones and Jack White/Alicia Keys respectively.

Her other famous songs include:
* "Big Spender" ("Hey, Big Spender!")
* "As Long As He Needs Me" (From ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'')
* "History Repeating" (a collaboration with Propellerheads)
* Believe it or not, a cover of "[[Music/{{Pink}} Get The Party Started]]" (even included on ''Dancing On Ice'')
* "Jezahel" (later sampled by Music/PublicEnemy for "Harder Than You Think")

Bassey's singing style, the singing equivalent of ChewingTheScenery, has been much imitated:
* Geri Halliwell's "Look At Me" definitely has a hint of Bassey to it.
* At points - the title song for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the song takes on the Bassey-style, appropriate considering the other Spy tropes it plays with.
* Music/RichardCheese did a [[InTheStyleOf lounge cover]] of "[[Music/TheClash Rock the Casbah]]". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8UaFWCJcAI Changing the pitch of it]] turns the cover into a dead-on Bassey pastiche.
* The opening theme for ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'' is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqzDAQaDQzY a parody]] of Bassey's [[Film/JamesBond Bond themes]].
* Music/RozaRymbaeva used this in her debut song "Alia."