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Dusty Springfield

Britain's greatest pop diva, Dusty Springfield was also the finest white soul singer of her era, a performer of remarkable emotional resonance whose body of work spans the decades and their attendant musical transformations with a consistency and purity unmatched by any of her contemporaries; though a camp icon of glamorous excess in her towering beehive hairdo and panda-eye black mascara, the sultry intimacy and heartbreaking urgency of Springfield's voice transcended image and fashion, embracing everything from lushly orchestrated pop to gritty R&B to disco with unparalleled sophistication and depth. She was born Mary O'Brien on April 16, 1939, and raised on an eclectic diet of classical music and jazz, coming to worship Peggy Lee; after completing her schooling she joined the Lana Sisters, a pop vocal trio which issued a few singles on Fontana before dissolving. In 1960, upon teaming with her brother Dion O' Brien and his friend Tim Feild in the folk trio the Springfields, O'Brien adopted the stage name Dusty Springfield; thanks to a series of hits including "Breakaway," "Bambino," and "Say I Won't Be There," the group was soon the U.K.'s best-selling act.

After the Springfields cracked the U.S. Top 20 in 1962 with "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," the group traveled stateside to record in Nashville, where exposure to the emerging American girl-group and Motown sounds impacted Dusty so profoundly that in 1963 she left the Springfields at the peak of their fame to pursue a solo career. Her first single, "I Only Want to Be With You," boasted a dramatic sound and soulful melody worthy of a Phil Spector hit, and it quickly reached the British Top Five; it also fell just shy of the Top Ten in the U.S., where it became the first major record from a U.K. act other than the Beatles since the Fab Four's launch of the British Invasion. Her biggest American Top Ten hit, "Wishin' and Hopin'," was the first in a series of Springfield smashes from the pen of songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David; she would subsequently cover Bacharach/David classics including "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself," surpassed only by Dionne Warwick as the finest interpreter of the duo's songs.

Additionally charting with hits including "Stay Awhile" and "All Cried Out," by the end of 1964 Springfield was arguably the biggest solo act in British pop, winning the first of four consecutive Best Female Vocalist honors in NME; that same year, she also created a political furor after she was deported from South Africa for refusing to play in front of racially segregated audiences. Returning to England, in 1965 Springfield hosted the television special The Sound of Motown, a show widely credited with introducing the Sound of Young America to the their British counterparts, and continued racking up smashes like "Losing You," "Your Hurtin' Kinda Love," and "In the Middle of Nowhere"; in 1966, she scored her biggest international hit with the devastating ballad "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," which topped the U.K. charts and reached the Top Five in the U.S. The soundalike "All I See Is You," another heart-wrenching evocation of unrequited love, soon reached the British Top Ten as well; it was followed, however, by the Bacharach/David-penned "The Look of Love," a bossa nova-inflected classic positively radiating with dreamlike sensuousness.

By 1968, however, Springfield's commercial fortunes were on the decline -- in the wake of psychedelia and the Summer of Love, "girl singers" were now widely perceived as little more than fluff. In response, she signed to the American label Atlantic, traveling to Memphis to record with producers Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin; the resulting album, issued in early 1969 as Dusty in Memphis, remains her masterpiece, a perfect marriage of pop and soul stunning in its emotional complexity and earthy beauty. Although the classic single "Son of a Preacher Man" cracked the Top Ten on both sides of the pond, the album itself was nevertheless a commercial failure, as was its fine 1970 follow-up, A Brand New Me, recorded in Philadelphia with the input of the songwriting/production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. After completing 1972's See All Her Faces, Springfield relocated from London to New York City, eventually settling in Los Angeles; there she signed to ABC/Dunhill and recorded 1973's Cameo, another critical success which like its predecessors made virtually no impact on the charts.

A projected follow-up, Longings, was abandoned prior to its completion, and apart from singing backup on Anne Murray's Together album, Springfield spent the mid-'70s outside of music while battling substance abuse problems. She finally resurfaced in 1978 with the Roy Thomas Baker-produced It Begins Again, followed a year later by Living Without Your Love; both attracted little notice, although the non-album single "Baby Blue" was a minor British hit in 1979. Apart from a handful of soundtrack contributions, Springfield was silent until returning to London in 1982 to record White Heat, an album firmly grounded in the prevailing synth-pop sound of its times; again, despite good critical notices, a comeback failed to materialize. She would release just a handful of singles over the next few years, including the 1984 Spencer Davis duet "Private Number," the 1985 ballad "Sometimes Like Butterflies," and a 1987 collaboration with Richard Carpenter, "Something in Your Eyes," which became a minor success in the U.S.

Upon returning to California in 1987, Springfield was contacted to collaborate with techno-pop innovators the Pet Shop Boys on a duet titled "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" The single was a global blockbuster, peaking at number two in both the U.S. and the U.K., and it introduced her to a new generation of listeners; Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe also agreed to produce a handful of tracks for 1990's Reputation, which became Springfield's best-selling new album since her '60s-era peak. The follow-up, 1995's country-influenced A Very Fine Love, was recorded in Nashville; during sessions for the album, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after months of radiation therapy the illness was believed to be in remission. By the summer of 1996, however, the cancer had returned, and on March 2, 1999, Springfield died at the age of 59; just ten days later, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography


Track List: Complete A And B Sides 1963-1970

Disc 1

1. I Only Want To Be With You

2. Stay Awhile

4. Losing You

6. In The Middle Of Nowhere

7. Some Of Your Lovin'

8. Little By Little

9. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

10. Goin' Back

11. All I See Is You

12. I'll Try Anything (To Get You)

13. Give Me Time

14. What's It Gonna Be

15. I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten

16. I Will Come To You

17. Son Of A Preacher Man

19. A Brand New Me

20. Morning Please Don't Come

21. How Can I Be Sure

Disc 2

1. Once Upon A Time

2. Something Special

3. My Colouring Book

4. Summer Is Over

5. Don't Say It Baby

6. Baby Don't You Know

7. I'll Love You For A While

8. If It Hadn't Been For You

9. Every Ounce Of Strength

10. I'm Gonna Leave You

13. The Look Of Love

14. Small Town Girl

17. Just A Little Lovin'

19. Bad Case Of The Blues

20. Spooky


Track List: The Very Best of Dusty Springfield

1. I Only Want To Be With You

2. Wishin' And Hopin'

3. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

4. Stay Awhile

5. Son Of A Preacher Man

6. I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself

7. What's It Gonna Be

8. All Cried Out

9. In the Middle of Nowhere

10. All I See Is You

11. The Look Of Love

12. Little By Little

13. I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten

14. Some of Your Lovin'

15. I'll Try Anything

16. Losing You

17. Guess Who?

18. A Brand New Me

19. Give Me Time

20. Goin' Back


Track List: Stay Awhile - I Only Want To Be With You / Dusty

1. I Only Want To Be With You

2. Stay Awhile

3. Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa

4. Mama Said

5. Anyone Who Had A Heart

6. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes

7. Wishin' And Hopin'

8. Mockingbird

9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

10. You Don't Own Me

11. Something Special

12. Every Day I Have To Cry

13. All Cried Out

14. I Wish I'd Never Loved You

15. Can I Get A Witness

16. Summer Is Over

17. Don't Say It Baby

18. Guess Who?

19. Live It Up

20. My Coloring Book

21. Nothing

23. Don't You Know

24. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself


Track List: White Heat

1. Donnez Moi (Give It To Me)

2. I Don't Think We Could Ever Be Friends

3. Blind Sheep

4. Don't Call It Love

5. Time And Time Again

6. I Am Curious

7. Sooner Or Later

8. Losing You

9. Gotta Get Used To You

10. Soft Core


Track List: Living Without Your Love

1. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

2. You Can Do It

3. Be Somebody

4. Closet Man

5. Living Without Your Love

6. Save Me, Save Me

7. Get Yourself To Love

8. I Just Fall In Love Again

9. Dream On

10. I'm Coming Home Again


Track List: Dusty In Memphis

1. Just A Little Lovin'

2. So Much Love

3. Son Of A Preacher Man

4. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore

5. Don't Forget About Me

6. Breakfast In Bed

7. Just One Smile

8. The Windmills Of Your Mind

9. In The Land Of Make Believe

10. No Easy Way Down

11. I Can't Make It Alone

12. What Do You Do When Love Dies

13. Willie & Laura Mae Jones

14. That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)

15. Cherished

16. Goodbye

17. Make It With You

18. Love Shine Down

19. Live Here With You

20. Natchez Trace

21. All The King's Horses

22. I'll Be Faithful

23. Have A Good Life Baby

24. You've Got A Friend

25. I Found My Way


Track List: Spooky

1. Spooky (Quinten 909 Extended Remix)

2. Spooky (Quinten 909 Radio Mix)


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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
You don't have to say you love me!! I want to feel it!!true love is felt without speaking!!!
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I appreciate Dusty Springfield even more now than I did during her peek during the 60's when I was a teen. Sometimes we never appreciate what's really good in life until it's gone. So glad that Pandora keeps the music alive. Thank you.
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You ARE correct, cdokke7!

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Genuinely Gifted!!!!! ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
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Never hear from you.nice muSic.
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So pretty and feminine,art i s t s today can't even begin to compare by talent or class
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Love hearing the oldies
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I love you Dusty , rip
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Here's to ya Allen!!!!!!
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Goin' Back. BEAUTIFUL , haunts me.
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Hearing her brings me back to the 60s, before the psychedelic crap and the drugged out groups of late 60s. We lost you too soon, but you haven't been forgotten. Your songs will be a source of enjoyment forever. God bless and keep you.
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Love You!! Beauitful girl, thank you.
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I love dusty Springfield because of the way she could sing along with the same harmony of each song, i miss you dusty and I love you very much, god bless you, baby.
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so soulfull smoothe but nasty at times. so many artists have redone this song lately and most are ok but ive found 1 who stands above the crowd. if you are curious go to youtube type in joss stone son of a preacher man sit back and hold on ! every hair on my body stands within 3 seconds of hearing this womans voice. she owns that crowd and that stadium. exuding sexuality and confidence. it was a tribute to dusty being inducted into a hall of fame in the uk. check it out i s**t you not. enjoy
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Beautiful!!! Love this voice!!
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No one will ever come close to this beautiful eclectic voice!!! A LEGEND AND A BLESSING!! Her voice is so damn sexy..
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Very good
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Old school cool! Her sexy, sultry voice made most every man dream of her! She was a true soul singer! Thank You Dusty. R.I.P.
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She is one of the most fantastic singers of all times. Adele has a lot of her qualities.
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Luv her voice. Bings
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What bose the fox say
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I'm looking forward to a movie about Dusty's life story starring Adele. Please someone make this movie!!
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I can go back in time and remember late at night with the lights out and listening to the local AM station on the small radio in my bedroom and all of a sudden The Look Of Love came on. Whoa, who's that ? Dusty Springfield ? I already had a crush on her from a few years before and that song clinched it forever. What a talent.
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mountainbuga b o o
Dusty sings this song like no one else can.
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dusty is the best from england like me she did a lot for soul music you dont have to be black to love it
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Legend , I love you. You have left a great impression on my heart...
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She was a hottie, back in the day.
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Dusty sings the soul.
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Una de las canciones más hermosas que he escuchado.
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I believe that this song is so amazing when you sing I feel alive
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Dusty is so Damn sweet!!! Kill it
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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This chick Dusty was a bad mother - shut your mouth - I'm talking
bout Dusty - we can dig it!
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Wishing and Hoping that she was still here! Love you,Dusty.
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Dusty, at her best, represented a period of time it's easy to romanticize and be nostalgic for because this was when so much music was fresh and innovative. Dusty covered a lot of ground, because she had a voice that could do so. A true 60's icon. Everything about her was smokin'!
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Dusty didn't dig boys,but she tugged at our heartstrings so hard, that didn't matter r.I p. Dusty
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All Hail the Queen of Blue Eyed Soul. Dusty!
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Man, oh man! What a singer with so much class! Dusty along with Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha, Karen Carpenter and Joni Mitchell are my favorite female vocalists!!
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I was a young teenager when she recorded "I Only Want To Be With You" and used to imagine that she was singing to me. Loved you, Dusty.
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I only want to be with you
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I've loved dusty's voice all of my life,I don't believe that to many people are aware of her accomplishme n t s . I wish that you were still here to sing with Patti Labelle.
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Stone-Cold Super-Badd Super-Star Soul-Sissta
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
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She was way ahead of her time...
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I wish the drag queens would quit ruining the mental images that the rest of us have
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From the 60's well into the 90's every drag queen was inspired to look like her and that says something about her loyal fans. Miss ya Dusty
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These were the best loving songs love it
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