Dusty Springfield. Dusty Springfield, OBE (* 16. April 1939 in Hampstead, London; † 2. März 1999 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire; bürgerlich Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien) war eine britische Pop - und Soulsängerin. Wegen ihrer für eine Weiße sehr ungewöhnlichen Soulstimme wird sie „The White Queen of Soul“ genannt.
Springfield's debut solo album A Girl Called Dusty – featuring mostly covers of her favourite songs – was released on 17 April 1964 in the UK (but not in America). Tracks included "Mama Said", "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes", "You Don't Own Me" and "Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa".
Dusty Springfield triumphierte als einzige weibliche Künstlerin im Zuge der “britischen Invasion”: der Eroberung der US-amerikanischen Charts durch die Beatles, Stones und Kinks in den 1960er Jahren. Zwischen 1963 und 1970 hatte sie 18 Hitsingles in den USA (26 in den USA und in England). Damit gehört sie zu den britischen Bestsellern der ´60er.
- Early Years
- Solo Career
- Troubled Years
- Final Years and Death
A British singer whose style and husky voice emulated the Motown sounds she adored, Dusty Springfield was born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien on April 16, 1939, in London, England. Her love of music came early. At a young age, she teamed up with her older brother Dion, singing with him in their parents' garage. They liked to record their ...
In late 1963, The Springfields disbanded, allowing Springfield to launch a successful solo career. Over the next half-decade, Springfield was a fixture on the pop charts. The run of success began just months after The Springfields ended, with the January 1964 hit "I Only Want to Be With You," which reached No. 4 in the U.K. and No. 12 in the U.S. B...
Springfield's career following Dusty in Memphisproved inconsistent. Long fascinated by the United States and a bit of a Civil War geek, she moved to America in 1970. But her life only took on more struggles in her new home. Beset by drug issues and other personal problems, Springfield failed to capture the run of stardom she'd once enjoyed. She did...
Springfield, who returned to England in the early 1990s, released her final studio album, A Very Fine Love,in 1995. That same year, she was diagnosed with cancer. From there on out, health problems were a constant in her life. Still, her final years introduced a renewed interest in her work and career. In 1997, Mercury Records issued a 3-CD set, Th...
Dusty Springfield was an enormous cat lover. She left behind her twelve year old pet cat, Nicholas. She had suffered from drug and alcoholism during the seventies. She was the first person to bring the sound of Motown to England in her variety music show. She performed "Mockingbird" with Jimi Hendrix.
- Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien
Influential British singer who began her career with The Lana Sisters, later The Springfields in the early 60's before going solo. She achieved a long string of successful albums and singles through most of the 1960's, as well as having several variety series on BBC and ITV networks in the UK which she headlined during those years.