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Dusty Springfield

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Dusty Springfield

English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s add

Category: Music

Born in 1939.

Countries: United Kingdom (31%), United States (28%), USA (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: NME, Rolling Stone, Son of a Preacher Man

Linked to: VH1, Pet Shop Boys, Mercury Records, NME




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Dusty Springfield was born in 1939 add something


Springfield was raised in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, until the early 1950s and later lived in the West London borough of Ealing add something


In 1957 the pair worked together at holiday camps add something


In 1958 she joined her first professional group, The Lana Sisters, and two years later formed a pop-folk vocal trio, The Springfields, with her brother Tom add something


Dusty Springfield was one of the best-selling UK singers of the 1960s add something


In 1960, Springfield left The Lana Sisters and formed a pop-folk trio, The Springfields, with Tom and Reshad Feild , who was replaced by Mike Hurst in 1962 add something


In the 1960s and early 1970s gay or bisexual performers "knew that being 'out' would lead to prurient media attention, loss of record contracts add something


In the 1960s she topped a number of popularity polls, including "Melody Maker"s Best International Vocalist for 1966; in 1965 she was the first British singer to top the "New Musical Express" readers' polls for Female Singer, and topped that poll again in 1966, 1967, and 1969 as well as gaining the most votes in the British Singer category from 1964 to 1966 add something


In the 1960s, on several occasions, she performed as the only white singer on all-black bills add something


Dezo Hoffmann - He earned international acclaim in the 1960s, shooting photographs of well known pop and showbiz personalities, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Charlie_Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, The Kinks, The Shadows, Tom Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Elton John, Omar Sharif and Pink Floyd


Jerry Wexler - In the 1960s, he notably recorded Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin, and oversaw production of Dusty Springfield's highly acclaimed "Dusty in Memphis" and Lulu's "New Routes" albums


Big Jim Sullivan - In the early 1960s he played on hits by Billy Fury, Frank Ifield, Adam Faith, Frankie Vaughan, Helen Shapiro, Freddie and the Dreamers, Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield and many more


Hal David - Subsequently, in the 1960s and early 1970s Bacharach and David wrote some of the most enduring songs in American popular music, many for Dionne Warwick but for The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon and others


The band was voted the "Top British Vocal Group" by the "New Musical Express" poll in 1961 and 1962 add something


From 1962, Springfield's parents lived in Hove, where Catherine died in 1976 of lung cancer in a nursing home add something


During early 1963, The Springfields recorded their last UK Top 5 hit, "Say I Won't Be There" add something


Her solo career began in 1963 with the upbeat pop hit, "I Only Want to Be with You" add something


With her distinctive sensual sound, she was an important blue-eyed soul singer and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with six top 20 singles on the United States "Billboard" Hot 100 and sixteen on the United Kingdom Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989 add something


Springfield left the band after their final concert in October 1963 add something


In November 1963 Springfield released her first solo single, "I Only Want to Be with You", which was co-written and arranged by Ivor Raymonde add something


It rose to No. 4 on the UK charts, leading to its nomination as a "Sure Shot" pick of records not yet charted in the US by New York disc jockey "Dandy" Dan Daniel of WMCA radio in December 1963, preceding Beatlemania add something


She was voted the Top Female Singer by the readers of the "New Musical Express" in 1964 to 1966 and Top Female Singer in 1965 to 1967 and 1969 add something


On 1 January 1964 "I Only Want to Be with You" was one of the first songs played on "Top of the Pops", BBC-TV's new music programme add something


On 17 April 1964 Springfield issued her debut album "A Girl Called Dusty" which included mostly cover versions of her favourite songs add something


The album reached No. 6 in the UK in May 1964 add something


In December 1964 Springfield's tour of South Africa was controversially terminated, and she was deported, after she performed for an integrated audience at a theatre near Cape Town, which was against the government's segregation policy add something


As a fan of US pop music, she brought many little-known soul singers to the attention of a wider UK record-buying audience by hosting the first national TV performance of many top-selling Motown artists beginning in 1965 add something


During 1965, Springfield released three more UK Top 40 hits: "Your Hurtin' Kinda Love", "In the Middle of Nowhere", and the Carole King-penned "Some of Your Lovin'" add something


On 28 April 1965 it was broadcast by Rediffusion TV, with Springfield opening each half of the show accompanied by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Motown's in-house band The Funk Brothers add something


Pino Donaggio - However, his greatest hit was the 1965 hit "Io che non vivo", which sold 60 million records worldwide and was performed most popularly in English as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley


In 1966 Springfield released three additional UK Top 20 hits: "Little By Little" and two dramatic ballads - one written by Carole King: "Goin' Back" and "All I See Is You", written by Ben Weisman & Carl Westlake, which reached the US Top 20 add something


It was released in May 1966 and reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 4 in the US, where it was No. 35 on the "Billboard" Top 100 for 1966 add something


In August and September 1966, she hosted "Dusty", a six-part music and talk show weekly BBC TV series add something


A compilation of her singles, "Golden Hits", released in November 1966, reached No. 2 in the UK. From the mid-1960s, Springfield would use the pseudonym Gladys Thong when recording backing vocals for other artists including Madeline Bell, Kiki Dee, Anne Murray and Elton John add something


The second season of "Dusty", which featured her rendition of "Get Ready" and her UK No. 13 hit, "I'll Try Anything", was broadcast in 1967 add something


The soundtrack version was nominated for the Academy award for Best Song of 1967 add something


The soundtrack version was released on 29 January 1967 and the single version was out on 14 April add something


Burt Bacharach - Bacharach composed and arranged the soundtrack of the 1967 film "Casino Royale," which included "The Look of Love", performed by Dusty Springfield, and the title song, an instrumental Top 40 single for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass


Tammi Terrell - The song, originally written for Dusty Springfield, became a crossover pop hit in the spring of 1967, reaching number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the R&B charts, making Terrell a star


By 1968 Carole King, a songwriter whom Springfield had frequently tapped for material, had embarked on a solo singing career, while her relationship with the chart-peaking Bacharach-David partnership was floundering add something


Springfield's ITV series "It Must Be Dusty" was broadcast in May and June 1968, episode six featured a duet performance of "Mockingbird" with singer-guitarist Jimi Hendrix fronting his band, The Experience add something


In November 1968 the lead single from the album, "Son of a Preacher Man", was issued add something


Jerry Wexler - In 1968, he and Ahmet Ertegun signed Led Zeppelin to Atlantic Records on the recommendation of singer Dusty Springfield and from what they knew of the band's guitarist, Jimmy Page from his performances with The Yardbirds


Sarah Cracknell - She recorded a duet on Dusty Springfield's 1968 song "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" with Marc Almond for his album "Stardom Road", released in June 2007


It was the 96th most popular song of 1969 in the US. It earned Springfield a nomination for the Grammy award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1970 add something


Released in 1969, it has been ranked among the greatest albums of all time by the US magazine "Rolling Stone" and in polls by VH1 artists, "New Musical Express" readers, and Channel 4 viewers add something


During September and October 1969 Dusty hosted her third and final BBC musical variety series , "Decidedly Dusty" add something


Chips Moman - Although Dusty Springfield's 1969 "Dusty in Memphis" album was recorded at American Sound Studios, Moman did not produce the album


By the standards of 1970, that was a very bold statement add something


By the start of the 1970s Dusty Springfield was a major star, though her record sales were declining add something


In the 1970s and 1980s, Springfield became involved in several romantic relationships with women in Canada and the US that were not kept secret from the gay and lesbian community add something


In the 1970s and early 1980s, Springfield's alcoholism and drug dependency affected her musical career add something


In the late 1970s Springfield released two albums on United Artists Records add something


Springfield was nominated for the Grammy award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1970 add something


Curtis Mayfield - Health reasons prevented him from attending the ceremony, which included fellow inductees Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Dusty Springfield, George_Martin, and 1970s Curtom signee and labelmate The Staple Singers


None of Springfield's recordings from 1971 to 1986 charted on the UK Top 40 or "Billboard" Hot 100 add something


She recorded some songs with producer Jeff Barry in early 1971, which were intended for an album to be released by Atlantic Records add something


From late 1972 to 1978 Springfield had an "off and on" domestic relationship with Faye Harris, a US photojournalist add something


In 1972, Springfield signed a contract with ABC Dunhill Records and "Cameo" was issued in February 1973 to respectable reviews, though poor sales add something


However, her new manager Alan Bernard negotiated her out of the Atlantic contract; some of the tracks were used on the UK-only album, "See All Her Faces" , and the 1999 release, "Dusty in Memphis-Deluxe Edition" add something


In 1973, Springfield recorded the theme song for the TV series, "The Six Million Dollar Man", which was used for two of its film-length episodes: "Wine, Women & War" and "The Solid Gold Kidnapping" add something


By 1974 Springfield had put her solo musical career on hold to live as a recluse in the US and avoid scrutiny by UK tabloids add something


Her second ABC Dunhill album was given the working title "Elements" and was scheduled for release in late 1974 as "Longing" add something


The first was 1978's "It Begins Again", produced by Roy Thomas Baker add something


Her 1979 album, "Living Without Your Love", did not reach the top 50 add something


In 1979 Gerard had a fatal heart attack in nearby Rottingdean add something


In early 1979, Springfield played club dates in New York City add something


On 3 December 1979, she performed a charity concert for a full house at the Royal Albert Hall, in the presence of Princess Margaret add something


David A. Stewart - The band developed into The Tourists who enjoyed modest success, including a hit in 1979 with a cover of the Dusty Springfield hit "I Only Want to Be with You"


Trevor Horn - Trevor Horn's songwriting credits date back to 1979 when he co-wrote a song for Dusty Springfield, "Baby Blue" with Bruce Woolley and Geoff Downes


In 1980 Springfield sang "Bits and Pieces", the theme song from the movie "The Stunt Man" add something


The first was the disco-influenced "Baby Blue", which reached No. 61 in the UK. The second, "Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees", released in January 1980, was Springfield's final single for Mercury Records; she had been with them for nearly 20 years add something


Tommy Faragher - Tommy signed a publishing deal with 20th Century Fox in 1980 and wrote songs for Peter Criss and Dusty Springfield


In 1981 she had a six-month love affair with singer-musician Carole Pope of the rock band Rough Trade add something


Springfield was uncharacteristically proud of her 1982 album "White Heat", which was influenced by New Wave music add something


She tried to revive her career in 1985 by returning to the UK and signing to Peter Stringfellow's Hippodrome Records label add something


However, in collaboration with Pet Shop Boys, she returned to the Top 10 of the UK and US charts in 1987 with "What Have I Done to Deserve This-" Two years later, she had two other UK hits on her own with "Nothing Has Been Proved" and "In Private add something


In 1987, she accepted an invitation from Pet Shop Boys to duet with their lead singer, Neil Tennant, on the single "What Have I Done to Deserve This-" add something


The writers of "Rolling Stone" magazine placed Springfield's release at No. 77 among 'The 100 Best Singles of the Last 25 Years' in 1987 add something


By 1988 Springfield had left California and, other than when recording tracks for "Reputation", she returned to the UK to live add something


In 1988 a new compilation, "The Silver Collection", was issued add something


Springfield returned to the studio with Pet Shop Boys, who produced her recording of their song "Nothing Has Been Proved", commissioned for the soundtrack of the 1989 drama film, "Scandal" add something


Released as a single in February 1989, it gave Springfield her fifteenth UK Top 20 hit add something


By the 1990s she had become a camp icon, with her ultra-glamorous look and this, combined with her emotive vocal performances, won her a powerful and enduring following in the gay community add something


She capitalised on this by recording the 1990 album "Reputation", her third UK Top 20 studio album add something


Steve Marker - He famously spotted Angelfish singer Shirley Manson's music video on MTV, which led to her joining the group, as Marker felt that Manson differed from the high pitched and screechy female singers of the 1990s and "was more like the voices that we loved growing up, which was more Patti Smith and Chrissie Hynde -- sort of that classic pop sound -- maybe Dusty Springfield


In 1993, she recorded a duet with her former 1960s professional rival and friend, Cilla Black add something


Springfield's next album, provisionally titled "Dusty in Nashville", was started in 1993 with producer, Tom Shapiro, but was issued as "A Very Fine Love" in June 1995 add something


In 1994 the song was featured in a scene of the film "Pulp Fiction", and the soundtrack reached No. 21 on the "Billboard" 200, and at the time, went platinum in Canada alone add something


Quentin Tarantino caused a revival of interest in her music in 1994 by including "Son of a Preacher Man" in the "Pulp Fiction" soundtrack, which sold over three million copies add something


"Son of a Preacher Man" was used in the 1994 feature film, "Pulp Fiction" add something


In January 1994 while recording her final album, "A Very Fine Love", in Nashville, Dusty Springfield felt ill add something


In 1995, in apparent good health, Springfield set about promoting the album add something


Her final live performance was on "The Christmas with Michael Ball" special in December 1995 add something


Dina Carroll - The new album, "Dina Carroll", was originally planned for release at the end of 1998, including her cover of the Dusty Springfield song, "Son of a Preacher Man"


The song, which Springfield called "good old schmaltz", was voted among the All Time Top 100 Songs by the listeners of BBC Radio 2 in 1999 add something

Dusty Springfield died in 1999 add something


In March 1999 Springfield was scheduled to go to Buckingham Palace to receive her award of Officer, Order of the British Empire add something


Dina Carroll - However, due to the untimely death of Dusty Springfield in early 1999, this single was withheld


Her album "Dusty in Memphis" has been listed among the greatest albums of all time by "Rolling Stone" and in polls by VH1 artists, "New Musical Express" readers, and the Channel 4 viewers, and in 2001, received the Grammy Hall of Fame award add something


However, by 2001, the album had received the Grammy Hall of Fame award, and was listed among the greatest albums of all time by "Rolling Stone", and in polls by VH1 artists, "New Musical Express" readers, and Channel 4 viewers add something


However, the recording sessions were abandoned, although part of the material, including tentative and incomplete vocals, was issued on the 2001 posthumous compilation "Beautiful Soul" add something


The record was placed at No. 43 of the 'Greatest Singles of All Time' by the writers of "New Musical Express" in 2002 add something


In 2004, the song made the "Rolling Stone" list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at No. 240 add something


John-Michael Howson - With the same team, Howson co-wrote a musical about Dusty Springfield called Dusty - The Original Pop Diva, which opened in Melbourne in 2006


Petula Clark - "Duets", a compilation including Dusty Springfield, Peggy_Lee, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and the Everly Brothers, among others, was released in February 2007, and "Solitude and Sunshine", a studio recording of all new material by composer Rod McKuen, was released in July of that year


In 2008, Dusty appeared at No. 35 on the "Rolling Stone"s "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" add something


In May 2008, actress Nicole Kidman was announced as star and producer of a biopic, but, as of July 2012, it was yet to surface add something


Shirley Manson - In 2008, Manson contributed to a Dusty Springfield tribute album, with an unspecified release date


Nickolas Grace - On 29 July 2009 he appeared on the UK version of "Dragons Den" as the proposed director of a new touring musical based around the life of Dusty Springfield


In 2012, a biographical jukebox musical titled "Forever Dusty" opened Off-Broadway in New York City at New World Stages add something


Morrissey - In 2012 in an email interview, Morrissey revealed that "Wikipedia names Dusty Springfield as my first influence


In 2015, Springfield was named as one of the 31 Icons of 2015's LGBT History Month by Equality Forum add something


The beginning of 2017 brought another revival of interest in Springfield's music by inclusion of "The Windmills of Your Mind" song in Andy Wilman's "The Grand Tour" show that features Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond add something