Two London-based writer/performers have sparked the recording return of 70-year-old Welsh vocal powerhouse Shirley Bassey.

Two London-based writer/performers have sparked the recording return of 70-year-old Welsh vocal powerhouse Shirley Bassey.

The singer, who had her first U.K. hit in 1957, last released new studio recordings on 2003 compilation "Thank You for the Years" (Citrus/Sony Music). That changed after meeting Catherine Feeney and Nikki Lamborn, who are the core duo in rock act Never the Bride (briefly signed to Atlantic in the mid-'90s).

The pair encountered Bassey by chance in a Monte Carlo hotel's gym two years ago and left her a CD of their fourth album "Surprise" (Lock Stock & Barrel/Absolute), offering one track, "The Living Tree," for her consideration. "It was in her gym bag quite a while," Lamborn says with a laugh, "until her assistant said, 'Are you going to listen to this or shall I throw it away?' Apparently she said, 'Let's put it on now.'"

Bassey immediately liked the song -- so much so that she performed it on U.K. national TV and has now recorded it for the duo's own Lock Stock & Barrel label. An April 16 U.K. single release will be followed two weeks later by an identically titled album, featuring remixes of Bassey's self-owned catalog plus new recordings including "Slave to the Rhythm" and "I Will Survive."

Bassey appears June 24 at the Glastonbury Festival in southwest England.

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