Dusty Springfield, singer
birth name: Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien

Dusty Springfield

April 16, 1939, Hampstead, England ~ March 2, 1999, Henley-on-Thames, England

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. ~ Allmusic: Dusty Springfield ~ retrieved June 8, 2013 © Allmusic

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April 16, 1994 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Mariah Carey, Without You/Never Forget You ~ #2 (2) Ace Of Base, The Sign ~ #1 (1) R. Kelly, Bump N Grind


Dusty Springfield ~ Ranked #35 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008 ~ Her tendency to linger a shade behind the beat on ballads lent her soul singing a wonderful languor, but when she belted, she could rattle the windows. ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

Dusty Springfield ~ Dusty In Memphis (1969) ~ Ranked #77 Observer Music Monthly 100 Greatest British Albums in 2004.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Elton John ~ Tumbleweed Connection (1970) ~ Ranked #458 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ John has always had a jones for the myth of the American West. Along with lyricist Bernie Taupin, he fully indulges those cowboy fantasies here. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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