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Dusty Springfield

Biography

British isles pop star who documented “Son of the Preacher Man” in 1968, and also other hits like “I SIMPLY Don’t Know How to proceed with Myself.” She became a member of The Lana Sisters just before leaving to start out an organization with her sibling, which they known as The Springfields. She as well as the Springfields released singles like “Sterling silver Threads and Golden Fine needles” and “Goodnight Irene.” She resided in a local relationship with fellow vocalist Norma Tanega from middle-1966 to the first 1970s and began a romantic relationship around photojournalist Faye Harris in later 1972 that lasted until 1978. Her melody “Son of the Preacher Guy” was highlighted in the film Pulp Fiction, which starred Uma Thurman.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dusty Springfield
Date Of Birth April 16, 1939
Died March 2, 1999, Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.6 m
Profession Pop Singer
Nationality British
Parents Kay O'Brien, Gerard O'Brien
Siblings Tom Springfield
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, NME Award for World Female Singer, NME Award for British Female Singer
Music Groups The Springfields, The Lana Sisters
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist, NME Award for World Musical Personality, NME Award for British Vocal Personality, NME Award for Best New Disc Of The Year, NME Award for Artist for Poll Concert
Movies Dusty Springfield: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Music Scene: The Best of 1969-1970: Vol. 2
TV Shows It Must Be Dusty
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Longtime companion of Susan Cameron from 1972 to 1978 and longtime friend until her death in 1999.
2Upon visiting New York City in 1962, she heard The Exciters' recording of "Tell Him" playing in a record store. She was so impressed with the sound and recording style that it influenced her to begin a solo career with a Pop/Soul direction.
3Her actual debut on the US Pop charts came in the summer of 1962 with The Springfields' recording of "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" (#20 US Pop).
4The name "Dusty" was given to her when she was a child, as she had been a tomboy in her early years.
5Her alcoholism and drug addiction affected her musical career in the 1970s and early 1980s.
6Vanessa Carlton portrayed her in an episode of American Dreams (2002).
7She was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame on November 14, 2006 for her outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture.
8"Where Am I Going?" is her most sought-after album, selling at anywhere from $60-$100 and up. It's also her only discontinued set on CD.
9Her song "Don't Forget About Me" from her famous 1969 album "Dusty in Memphis" was actually recorded two years previously, on August 8, 1967, and was eliminated from the final cut of her 1967 album "Where Am I Going?". The sound of the original version is far from the Memphis sound, due to it being cut at Philips Studios in England. It boasts a very contemporary sound (much like a Burt Bacharach tune) and could very well been issued as a single.
10Not related to Rick Springfield.
11Two takes were recorded of her #3 1964 UK hit, "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself": one being vocal (dynamic, well orchestrated and long) while the other proved to be of lesser stereo quality and was not received well critically, despite its high charting success. Legend has it that she was dissatisfied with the original powerful take of her now-infamous hit, and prompted producers to release the more bland version, due to her constant critiquing of her voice convincing herself the other was far too horrible to be issued. However, back in the late 1990s, the original and longer take of the song was released on the CD compilation ''The Burt Bacharach Songbook". It has since appeared once more on the recently-released 2-CD UK compilation "Classics & Collectibles".
12In late 1967, she was having tremendous trouble charting hits in the United States, so when Nancy Sinatra passed up a chance to record one of Lee Hazlewood's compositions, Dusty "inherited" the song, and took the chance with open arms. However, despite the song not charting, it is still regarded as a now-hidden-treasure amongst Dusty criteria. The song was a theme to one of the most popular 1960s "youth" films, The Sweet Ride (1968), and was recorded in mid-to-late December 1967, then rerecorded on June 1, 1968, for single release. The song was "Sweet Ride".
13She was the very first artist to record The Carpenters' 1970 hit "(They Long to Be) Close to You", recording the track back in 1964 and intending it to be a follow-up to her #3 UK hit "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself". However, it was held back from release, but eventually issued on her 1967 album "Where Am I Going?", with the beginning intro edited out of the final cut. One year later, Dionne Warwick tried her hand at covering the song, but her version proved unsuccessful. The original mix of Dusty's version has only recently been released, on the UK 2-CD compilation "Classics & Collectibles".
14Ranked #24 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
15Part of her ashes were buried at Henley, the rest were scattered by her brother, Tom Springfield at the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland.
16She refused to perform concerts in South Africa before segregated audiences, as required by that country's apartheid system, and in fact was deported from South Africa in 1964 for performing before a racially mixed audience.
17Parents were Gerard Anthony and Catherine Anne O'Brien.
18She has Irish ancestry and she attended Catholic schools.
19She admitted to her bisexuality in a 1972 interview.
20She was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in 1999.
21She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to music in 1999, just before her death.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Grand Tour2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Crazyhead2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Timeshift2012-2016TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
Mafia III2016Video Game performer: "Son Of A Preacher Man" - uncredited
Mr. Robot2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vinyl2016TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Brontes at the BBC2016TV Movie documentary performer: "You Don't Own Me" - uncredited
Coronation Street2015-2016TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Overspel2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
First Timers2015/VIShort performer: "Wishin' and Hopin", "Spooky"
Masters of Sex2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
45 Years2015performer: "I Only Want to Be with You"
Love & Mercy2014performer: "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"
Godzilla2014performer: "Breakfast in Bed"
One Hit Wonderland2014TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Misfits2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
InRealLife2013Documentary performer: "Wishin' And Hopin'"
American Horror Story2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Frank-Étienne vers la béatitude2012Short performer: "Spooky"
EastEnders2000-2012TV Series performer - 6 episodes
Mad Men2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur2012TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Luther2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Doctor Who2008-2011TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Hall Pass2011performer: "Hits from the Bong"
Toast2010TV Movie performer: "He's Got Something", "The Look Of Love", "Ne Me Quittes Pas If You Go Away", "Little By Little", "I'll Try Anything To Get You", "Yesterday When I Was Young"
Dancing on Ice2010TV Series performer - 2 episodes
L'arnacoeur2010performer: "Son of a Preacher Man"
Karaoke Revolution2009Video Game performer: "What Have I Done To Deserve This"
The Men Who Stare at Goats2009performer: "Wishin' and Hopin'"
Waking the Dead2009TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Pirate Radio2009performer: "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" 1965
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee2009performer: "I'll Love You For A While"
Life on Mars2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People2008performer: "Spooky"
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist2008performer: "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Io Che Non Vivo Senza Te"
Secret Diary of a Call Girl2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Samantha Who?2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Brave One2007performer: "Hits From The Bong"
Druckfrisch2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Inspector Lewis2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Life on Mars2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Norbit2007performer: "I Only Want to Be with You"
Las Vegas2006TV Series performer - 2 episodes
20 to 12006TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2006TV Series 1 episode
Infamous2006performer: "Yesterday When I Was Young"
Viva Blackpool2006TV Movie performer: "I Only Want to Be With You"
Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop2006TV Movie documentary performer: "What have I done to deserve this?", "Nothing has been proved"
The Gigolos2006performer: "The Windmills of Your Mind"
New Tricks2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
SingStar Rocks!2006Video Game performer: "Son Of A Preacher Man"
Malcolm in the Middle2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
ShakespeaRe-Told2005TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Imagine Me & You2005performer: "The Look of Love"
Shopgirl2005performer: "I Only Want to Be With You" 1964
Romance & Cigarettes2005performer: "Piece of My Heart"
Breakfast on Pluto2005performer: "The Windmills of Your Mind" 1968
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room2005Documentary performer: "Son of a Preacher Man"
Medium2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Independent Lens2005TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Rory O'Shea Was Here2004performer: "Look of Love"
School for Seduction2004performer: "The Look of Love"
Blue Murder2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Home at the End of the World2004performer: "Wishin' and Hopin'"
Will & Grace2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Miss Match2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
In the Cut2003performer: "The Look of Love"
Interview2003performer: "See All Her Faces"
Catch Me If You Can2002performer: "The Look of Love"
Two Weeks Notice2002performer: "The Look of Love"
Crossing Jordan2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
S.P.U.N.G2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Teachers2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rain2001/IIIperformer: "Spooky"
The Wedding Tackle2000performer: "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten", "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"
Laços de Família2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
Frequency2000performer: "Son of a Preacher Man"
La parenthèse enchantée2000performer: "Spooky"
Gossip2000/Iperformer: "The Look of Love"
Fanny and Elvis1999performer: "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"
Mad Cows1999performer: "Bring Him Back"
Strange Planet1999performer: "The Look of Love"
Wonderland1999performer: "I Close My Eyes and I Count to Ten"
A Walk on the Moon1999performer: "Wishin' & Hopin'" 1963
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels1998performer: "Spooky"
The Parent Trap1998performer: "Am I The Same Girl"
The Very Thought of You1998performer: "I only want to be with you"
Daria1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Associate1996performer: "The Look of Love"
Sleepers1996performer: "Little By Little"
3rd Rock from the Sun1996TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cracker1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
While You Were Sleeping1995performer: "WHEREVER I WOULD BE"
Priest1994performer: "ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART"
Pulp Fiction1994performer: "Son Of A Preacher Man"
Deadly Advice1994performer: "I Only Want to Be with You"
No Escape1994performer: "SON OF A PREACHER MAN"
Only Fools and Horses....1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Getting It Right1989performer: "Getting It Right"
Scandal1989"Nothing Has Been Proved"
Buster1988performer: "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself"
Tin Men1987performer: "Wishin' and Hopin'"
Wogan1985TV Series performer - 1 episode
Baby It's You1983performer: "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"
Kiss Me Goodbye1982performer: "But It's A Nice Dream"
Love & Money1982performer: "I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore"
De Mike Burstyn show1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Stunt Man1980performer: "Bits & Pieces"
Top of the Pops1966-1979TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Corvette Summer1978performer: "Give Me the Night" - uncredited
Angels1976TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping1973TV Movie performer: "Six Million Dollar Man"
The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War1973TV Movie performer: "Six Million Dollar Man"
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole1972TV Movie performer: "Learn to Say Goodbye"
Fat City1972performer: "The Look of Love"
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pop Go the Sixties!1969TV Movie performer: "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"
Music Scene1969TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sweet Ride1968performer: "Sweet Ride"
Casino Royale1967performer: "The Look of Love"
The Corrupt Ones1967performer: "The Corrupt Ones"
The Ed Sullivan Show1965TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances1996TV SeriesNarrator
Schlag auf Schlager1970TV Movie

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
1 a Minute2010Documentary in memory of: Battled Breast Cancer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Five O'Clock Club1966TV SeriesHerself
The Ken Dodd Show1966TV SeriesHerself
Hippodrome1966TV SeriesHerself
A Whole Scene Going1966TV SeriesHerself
Ram-Jam1966TV MovieHerself-Performer
New Musical Express Poll Winners' Concert1966TV Movie documentaryHerself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1963-1966TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest Host
Not Only... But Also1966TV SeriesHerself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1964-1966TV SeriesHerself
Shivaree1966TV SeriesHerself
Where the Action Is1965TV SeriesHerself
The Royal Variety Performance 19651965TV SpecialHerself
Hullabaloo1965TV Series
The Ed Sullivan Show1964-1965TV SeriesSinger
The Bacharach Sound1965TV SpecialHerself - Singer
The Pop Spot1965TV SeriesHerself
Stars and Garters1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1965TV SeriesHerself
Ladybirds1965TV SeriesHerself
Blackpool Night Out1964TV SeriesHerself
The Graham Stark Show1964TV SeriesHerself - Guest Star
Top Beat1964TV Mini-SeriesHerself
New American Bandstand 19651964TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
A Touch of the Norman Vaughans1964TV SeriesHerself
It's All Over Town1964Herself (as The Springfields)
Here Come the Girls1963TV SeriesHerself
Just for Fun1963Herself (as The Springfields)
The Benny Hill Show1961TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Later... With Jools Holland1995-1996TV SeriesHerself
French and Saunders1996TV SeriesHerself
Cilla's Celebration1993TV Movie documentaryPerformer
Casino1990TV Series
The Dame Edna Experience1989TV SeriesHerself
CBS This Morning1989TV SeriesHerself
Top of the Pops1964-1989TV SeriesHerself
BAFTA British Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Aspel & Company1989TV SeriesHerself
The Britannia Music Awards 19881988TV SpecialHerself
Live from Her Majesty's1985TV SeriesHerself
Wogan1985TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Anne Murray: The Sounds of London1985TV MovieHerself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 11983DocumentaryHerself
De Mike Burstyn show1981TV SeriesHerself
The Big Time1980TV Series documentaryHerself
The Shirley Bassey Show1979TV SeriesHerself
Juke Box Jury1963-1979TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist
Saturday Night at the Mill1979TV SeriesHerself
Sha Na Na1979TV SeriesHerself
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHerself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHerself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHerself
Music My Way1973TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972-1973TV SeriesHerself
The Bobby Darin Show1973TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual Grammy Awards1973TV SpecialHerself
The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters1972TV SeriesHerself
Dean Martin Presents: The Bobby Darin Amusement Co.1972TV SeriesHerself
Stand Up and Cheer1972TV SeriesHerself
Guten Abend, Nachbarn1972TV SeriesHerself / Singer
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Make Your Own Kind of Music!1971TV SeriesHerself
It's Lulu1970-1971TV SeriesHerself
Rolf Harris Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Tom Jones and Such Special Friends1971TV MovieHerself
The Rolf Harris Show1969-1971TV SeriesHerself
The Morecambe & Wise Show1970TV SeriesHerself
Another Evening with Burt Bacharach1970TV MovieHerself
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Ruby
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Andy Williams Show1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Singer
This Is Tom Jones1969-1970TV Series documentaryHerself
The Hollywood Palace1969-1970TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself
Pop Go the Sixties!1969TV MovieHerself
Wünsch dir was1969TV SeriesSinger
Dusty Springfield1969TV MovieHerself - Host
Frost on Saturday1969TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Music Scene1969TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Della1969TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHerself
Decidedly Dusty1969TV SeriesHerself - Host / Singer
For me - formidable1969TV MovieHerself - Musician
The Liberace Show1969TV SeriesHerself
Once More with Felix1969TV SeriesHerself
Cilla1969TV SeriesHerself
Operation: Entertainment1968-1969TV SeriesHerself
It Must Be Dusty1968TV SeriesHerself - Host & Singer / Herself - Host & singer
Frost on Sunday1968TV SeriesHerself
Europarty1968TV SeriesHerself - Musician
Time for Blackburn1968TV SeriesHerself
BBC Show of the Week1968TV SeriesHerself
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet1968TV SeriesHerself - Musician
Billy Cotton Band Show1968TV SeriesHerself
Showtime1968TV SeriesHerself
The London Palladium Show1967-1968TV SeriesHerself
The Pat Boone Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Red Skelton Hour1967TV SeriesHerself - Guest Vocalist
Dusty1966-1967TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself - Presenter
The Blackpool Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Dee Time1967TV SeriesHerself
Doddy's Music Box1967TV SeriesHerself
Ready, Steady, Go!1963-1966TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Host / Herself - Additional Presenter
Tom Jones!1966TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: 60s & 70s Slow Songs2015TV MovieHerself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Guth2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
My Music: '60s Girl Grooves2013TV MovieHerself
My Music: Burt Bacharach's Best2013TV MovieHerself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19782013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHerself
... Sings James Bond2012TV MovieHerself - The Look of Love
Queens of British Pop2009TV SeriesHerself
A Bucket o' French & Saunders2007TV SeriesHerself
My Music: The British Beat2007TV MovieHerself
Duet Impossible2006TV SpecialHerself - Performer
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHerself
Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Movie Music Mania2005TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos2003VideoHerself (video "What Have I Done to Deserve This?") (uncredited)
Dusty Springfield: Reflections2003VideoHerself
The Best of Music Flashback Television Shows: Featuring Music Scene and Hullabaloo2001Video documentary shortHerself
Pet Shop Boys: Montage - The Nightlife Tour2001Video documentaryHerself / Vocals
Bad Hair Days2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Definitely Dusty1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
From the Beatles to Oasis: Forty Years of Granada Pop1996TV MovieHerself
Pet Shop Boys: Videography1991VideoHerself (video "What Have I Done to Deserve This?") (uncredited)
Showbusiness1988Video documentary shortHerself (video: "What have I done to deserve this?") (uncredited)
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1986TV SeriesHerself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest MusicThe Boat That Rocked (2009)· The Kinks
· The Rolling Stones
· The Turtles
· Jimi Hendrix
· Duffy
· Procol Harum
· The Box Tops
· The Beach Boys
· The Seekers
· The Who
· Smokey Robinson
· Chris Andrews
· Skeeter Davis
· The Troggs
· Jeff Beck
· The Hollies
· David Bowie
· The Tremeloes
· Lorraine Ellison


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#Quote
1Basically I'm a drag queen myself.
2A lot of people say I'm bent, and I've heard it so many times that I've almost learned to accept it.
3I couldn't stand to be thought of as a big butch lady. But I know that I'm as perfectly capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy.
4Hell, have I been a hell-raiser!

#Trademark
1Evening gowns
2Oddly erotic throaty voice
3Blonde beehive hair and heavily mascara'd "panda" eyes


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