DUSTY SPRINGFIELD Biography - Musicians


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Name: Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien                                     
Born: April 16, 1939 Ealing, London, U.K.                                         
Died: March 2, 1999  Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, U.K.                           
Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien OBE (b London, April 16, 1939, d         
Henley-on-Thames, March 2, 1999), professionally known as Dusty Springfield, was   
an English singer. Of the female artists of British invasion, Dusty Springfield   
made the biggest impression on the US market. From 1963 to 1970 she scored 18     
singles in Billboard Hot 100. She was voted the Top British Female Artist by       
the readers of the New Musical Express in 1964, 1965, and 1968. Dusty             
Springfield is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music     
Hall of Fame. Readers of the Mojo, editors of the Q, and the panel of             
artists by VH1 placed her among the 25 female artists of all time.                 
Dusty Springfield sang as if born with black American soul, while making no       
effort in sounding black. This earned her the nicknames "White Negress" and       
"White Queen of Soul". The range of expressions of her oddly erotic               
husky voice spread from soft sultry to heartbreaking urgency.  Her voice           
communicated a sense of longing that demanded the listener's attention.           
Unlike Aretha Franklin, Dusty used to sing around her material, create music       
that was evocative rather than overwhelming. Her songs had depth, while           
presenting direct and simple statements about love. Dusty Springfield's           
joyfully dashing image was supported by peroxided blonde beehive hairstyle,       
heavy use of eyeliner and luscious evening gowns. In 1970, she revealed,           
that she was bisexual. Dusty Springfield was a fan of American soul and           
campaigned to get the little known soul singers a better audience in the UK. She   
devised and hosted the first British performances of the top selling artists of   
Motown Records on The Sound of Motown, a special edition of the Ready Steady Go!   
TV series in 1965. In 1966-1967 and 1969 she hosted three of her own TV           
music and talk series, that featured the first British performances of Woody       
Allen and Jimi Hendrix. In addition, she made 36 TV appearances in 1963-1973.     
Dusty Springfield started as a member of the pop-folk trios Lana Sisters and       
Springfields. In 1963 she began her solo career with the Motown-influenced         
poprock "I Only Want To Be With You". Dusty's following chart hits included       
"I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love     
Me". The song "The Look of Love" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, was featured     
in a memorable scene of the film Casino Royale. The song was nominated for         
an Academy Award for Best Song. The sudden changes of pop music towards the       
experimentation of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Summer of Love themes,   
and psychedelia left Dusty Springfield out of fashion. She tried to               
change this, recording the comparatively progressive albums Where Am I Going?     
and Dusty... Definitely. To boost her credibility after the commercial             
disappointment of the albums, she went to record with the A team of the           
Atlantic Records by the roots of soul music in Memphis, Tennessee. The smart,     
sexual LP Dusty in Memphis was a commercial failure , but received the             
Grammy Hall of Fame award in 2001. The album is listed among the 100 Greatest     
Albums of All Time by the panels of experts by Rolling Stone and VH1, the         
readers of the New Musical Express and viewers of Channel 4. The standout track   
of the album, "Son of a Preacher Man", was an international Top 10 chart hit and   
was included in the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, that sold over three million         
copies. Working with the Pet Shop Boys in 1987, she made her way back to the       
top 20 of UK and US charts, with the singles "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", 
"Nothing Has Been Proved" and "In Private". Dusty kept recording, until she       
was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and died in 1999.