The trio chose their name while rehearsing in a field in Somerset in the springtime and took the stage names of Dusty, Tom, and Tim Springfield. The local music that Springfield heard during this visit, in particular " Tell Him ," helped turn her style from folk and country towards pop music rooted in rhythm and blues. He also wrote additional tracks for Springfield and released his own solo material.
I don't really like writing I just don't get any good ideas and the ones I do get are pinched from other records. The only reason I write is for the money — oh mercenary creature! There, standing on the staircase at Philips studio, singing into the stairwell, Dusty gave her greatest ever performance — perfection from first breath to last, as great as anything by Aretha Franklin or Sinatra or Pavarotti. Great singers can take mundane lyrics and fill them with their own meaning.
This can help a listener's own ill-defined feelings come clearly into focus. Vicki [Wickham] and I had thought our lyric was about avoiding emotional commitment. Dusty stood it on its head and made it a passionate lament of loneliness and love. Dusty Springfield", The Observer 19 October You perform as well for five as you do for The soundtrack version was released on 29 January and the single version was out on 14 April.
October attempted to redress this by containing a "jazzy", orchestrated version of " Sunny " and Jacques Brel 's " If You Go Away ". Dusty in Memphis[ edit ] Main article: Dusty in Memphis By Carole King , a songwriter whom Springfield had frequently tapped for material, had embarked on a solo singing career, while her relationship with the chart-peaking Bacharach-David partnership was floundering.
Springfield's status in the music industry was further complicated by the progressive music revolution and the uncomfortable split between what was underground and "fashionable" and what was pop and "unfashionable".
At first, Springfield felt anxious when compared with the soul greats who had recorded in the same studios. She knew their bass guitarist, John Paul Jones , from his session work on her earlier albums. Problems playing this file? Dusty sings around her material, creating music that's evocative rather than overwhelming Dusty is not searching — she just shows up, and she, and we, are better for it".
It was written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins. Its best results in continental Europe were No. The record was placed at No. In the song was featured in a scene of the film Pulp Fiction , and the soundtrack reached No. Later years[ edit ] Springfield at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam , By the start of the s Dusty Springfield was a major star, though her record sales were declining. Her intimate companion, Norma Tanega , had returned to the US after their relationship had become stressful,  and Springfield was spending more time in the US herself.
She recorded some songs with producer Jeff Barry in early , which were intended for an album to be released by Atlantic Records. However, the recording sessions were abandoned, although part of the material, including tentative and incomplete vocals, was issued on the posthumous compilation Beautiful Soul.
By Springfield had put her solo musical career on hold to live as a recluse in the US and avoid scrutiny by UK tabloids. In the s and early s gay or bisexual performers "knew that being 'out' would lead to prurient media attention, loss of record contracts The album peaked in the UK top 50 and was well received by critics.
On 3 December , she performed a charity concert for a full house at the Royal Albert Hall , in the presence of Princess Margaret. Springfield was uncharacteristically proud of her album White Heat , which was influenced by new wave music. The single reached No. Its cover depicts Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe sitting on a motorcycle in front of a large screenshot of Springfield singing. The single rose to No. Released as a single, it became a US No.
Thomas had collaborated with Jennifer Warnes on the original version, which was neither re-recorded with Warnes nor released as a single. It was issued as a single and reached No. In a new compilation, The Silver Collection, was issued. Springfield returned to the studio with Pet Shop Boys, who produced her recording of their song " Nothing Has Been Proved ", commissioned for the soundtrack of the drama film, Scandal.
By Springfield had left California and, other than when recording tracks for Reputation, she returned to the UK to live. In , she recorded a duet with her former s professional rival and friend, Cilla Black.
Though originally intended by Shapiro as a country music album, the track selection by Springfield pushed the album into pop music with an occasional country feel. It was included on Simply Dusty , an anthology that she had helped plan.
When she returned to England a few months later, her physicians diagnosed her with breast cancer. Her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had been scheduled two weeks after her death. Her friend Elton John helped induct her into the Hall of Fame, declaring, "I'm biased but I just think she was the greatest white singer there ever has been It was a Catholic funeral, which took place at the ancient parish church of St. Mary the Virgin in Henley-on-Thames, where Springfield had lived during her last years.
A marker dedicated to her memory was placed in the church graveyard. Musical style[ edit ] Influenced by US pop music,  Dusty Springfield created a distinctive blue-eyed soul sound. She was equally at home singing Broadway standards, blues, country or even techno-pop". I had to get out of there". Springfield was one of the best-selling UK singers of the s.
The album, titled Just a Little Lovin' featured two tracks selected from Springfield's debut, four from Dusty In Memphis and four from throughout her back catalogue. The cut version can be heard in the fifth episode of the show.
Springfield was popular in Europe and performed at the Sanremo Music Festival. Recordings were released in French, German, and Italian: Springfield borrowed elements of her look from blonde glamour queens such as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve and pasted them together according to her own taste.