As Long as He Needs Me

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"As Long as He Needs Me"
As Long As He Needs Me (45rpm record).jpg
Single by Shirley Bassey
B-side "So in Love"
Released 1960
Format 7-inch single
Genre Popular music
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Lionel Bart
Shirley Bassey singles chronology
"The Birth of the Blues"
(1960)
"As Long as He Needs Me"
(1960)
"You'll Never Know"
(1961)
"The Birth of the Blues"
(1960)
"As Long as He Needs Me"
(1960)
"You'll Never Know"
(1961)

"As Long as He Needs Me" is a torch song sung by the character of Nancy in the musical film Oliver!, and originally introduced in the 1960 musical by Georgia Brown, who was the first actress to play Nancy. It is a love ballad expressing Nancy's love for her criminal boyfriend Bill Sikes, despite his mistreatment of her.

A reprise of this song towards the end of the show expresses Nancy's affection for young Oliver Twist, implying that she now feels that the child also needs her, this reprise was omitted from the film version.

The song has also been sung as "As Long as She Needs Me", when sung by a male singer, its popularity grew by virtue of renditions by several popular singers, including Lionel Bart and Shirley Bassey who reached number two for 5 weeks on the United Kingdom charts with the song.[citation needed] Bassey's recording became one of the highest sellers of 1960 staying on the UK charts for 30 weeks.[citation needed]

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