Last Updated: 05 Apr, 2023 | Views: 200
Other Profession(s): Television Presenter
Famous For: Soulful Pop Singer, Cultural Icon
Dusty Springfield was born in West Hampstead, London, England on 16th April 1939Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, professionally known as Dusty Springfield. With her distinctive mezzo-soprano sound, she sang blue-eyed soul, pop, country, and jazz in addition to French chanson, country, and jazz. She was a successful female performer in both Britain and the United States during the 1960s. Her image - characterized by peroxide blonde hair, heavy makeup (black eyeliner and eyeshadow), evening gowns, and gestural performances - made her a swinging sixties icon.
1958: She joined The Lana Sisters and changed her name to Shan and developed skills in harmonizing and microphone technique, recorded, performed on TV, and played live shows in the UK and at United States Air Force bases in continental Europe.
1960: Springfield formed a folk-pop trio with Tom (Elder Brother) and Reshad Feild. As they rehearsed in a Somerset field in the springtime, Dusty, Tom, and Tim Springfield decided on their stage names.
1963: "I Only Want to Be with You," released in January 1964, peaked at no. 4 on the UK charts during an 18-week run.
1964: In the UK, Springfield's debut solo album A Girl Called Dusty reached No. 6 - one of only two non-hit albums in the Top Ten.
1969: Decidedly, Dusty was Springfield's third and final BBC musical variety show.
1972: ABC Dunhill Records signed Springfield.
1978: It Begins Again peaked in the UK top 50 and received favorable reviews.
1980: From the movie The Stunt Man, Springfield sang "Bits and Pieces." After signing a US deal with 20th Century Records, In 2012, she released a cover of the Oscar-winning song from Norma Rae, "It Goes Like It Goes"
1995: "Someone to Watch Over Me" was recorded in London for a TV commercial for an insurance company (Last studio track).
1995: The Christmas with Michael Ball special in December was her last live performance.
1966: NME World Female Singer Winner
1967: NME World Female Singer Winner
1999: US Rock N Roll Hall of Fame
2001: Grammy Hall of Fame
2006: UK Music Hall of Fame
Springfield wasn't precisely destined for stardom when attending her Catholic all-girls school.