Hello, To just say that Dusty Springfield was a huge hit maker from the 1960s would be correct, but only part of the story. She was born, Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien on April 16, 1939 in London, England. She was known by her millions of fans as “Dusty Springfield”. With her distinctive sound, she became one of the most successful British female performers ever. She placed 18 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1964 and 1970. She became a professional singer in 1958 when she became a member of, The Lana Sisters. Then in 1960 she formed the pop-folk vocal trio “The Springfields” with her brother Tom and Tim Field. In 1962 they had a #20 hit record on the Billboard Hot 100 with…SILVER THREADS AND GOLDEN NEEDLES on Phillips Records.
Her solo career began in the US with her first big hit, the upbeat…I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU, on Phillips Records. The single would make its Billboard Hot 100 debut on January 25, 1964 and just miss the Top 10, charting at #12 in the US and climbing all the way to #4 in the UK. Her next big hit in the US came on June 20, 1964 and also her first Top 10 single on the Hot 100. WISHIN’ AND HOPIN’ a mid temp tune that showcased Dusty wonderful voice climbed all the way to #6. strangely, the single did not chart on the UK Singles Chart. Her next was just the reverse, I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF became a #3 hit in the UK, but did not chart in the US.
Dusty’s next big record in the US was her biggest hit ever. On May 21, 1966 her record of YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME made its Hot 100 debut. The song, is a classic recording of a plea for love and Dusty sang the song with much emotion and power in her voice, that the record became a world-wide hit. On the Billboard Hot 100 it charted at #4, on the UK Singles Chart it was #1 and in Australia it charted at #2. She followed with more hit records through the mid-60s, songs such as ALL I SEE IS YOU-1966 #20 and THE LOOK OF LOVE-1967 #22, were big chart hits for Dusty. THE LOOK OF LOVE won a Grammy: Hall Of Fame Award.
The changes in pop music in the mid-60s left many female pop singers behind, but not Dusty Springfield. She went to Memphis, Tennessee and recorded an album of pop and soul music. The album from those sessions is, “Dusty In Memphis” on Atlantic Records. It has been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone. The album was also awarded a spot in the Grammy Hall Of Fame. The single record from the album would be a huge hit for Dusty in the US and around the world. On November 30, 1968, SON-OF-A PREACHER MAN made its Hot 100 debut. The single charted at #10 on the Hot 100, becoming her last Top 10, solo single in the US. She charted at #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #6 on the Australian Singles Chart. She would have one more big hit in the 1960s. In November of 1969 she charted, BRAND NEW ME on Atlantic Records, it would chart at #24 and be her last solo Top 40 hit in the US.
In December of 1987, The Pet Shop Boys charted the single record, WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? on EMI/Manhattan Records. The song featured Dusty Springfield and went right to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, charting at #2. The record would be the last song she would chart on the Hot 100.
Dusty Springfield was one of the best-selling British singers of the 1960s. She was voted the Top British Female Artist by the readers of the New Musical Express in 1964-1967 and again in 1969. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. She is also a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame. In March of 1999, Dusty Springfield died of cancer, she was 59 years old. She is one of the biggest world-wide female singers of all-time. Her music is her gift to us…she is a bright and shinning star in the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.
Till the next time—Joe