Monday, March 02, 2009

10 Years Ago...

Dusty in Memphis album coverImage via Wikipedia

Dusty Springfield died from breast cancer. Dusty was born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien in England. She got got her nickname Dusty because she was such a tomboy. After school she joined the sister act The Lana Sisters. In 1960 she left the sisters and formed a pop-folk trio with her brother and another friend that called themselves the Springfields. They traveled to Nashville to record their first album. The group stayed together for three years, disbanding in 1963.

Dusty went on to sing what was called "white soul" and was the leading practitioner of the genre. Her album Dusty in Memphis is considered a classic. Unfortunately as she grew older her career began to shrink. In 1987 the Pet Shop Boys asked her to sing on one of their songs and she found herself in something of a revival for the last decade of her life.

Her influence still can be felt today. The singer Shelby Lynne just recorded an entire album of covers of songs Dusty was known for recently.

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Bond said...

Dusty was so excellent...thanks for reminding us.

JohnH985 said...

She is such a great voice.

Travis said...

Love Dusty. And that is such a signature song. It's hard to find any cover that comes close.

JohnH985 said...

I love Dusty too.

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