Dusty Springfield

United Kingdom Pop + Blue-eyed Soul Singer
Born Apr 16, 1939

Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With her distinctive sensual sound, she was an important blue-eyed soul singer, and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with six top 20 singles on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen on the United Kingdom Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Dusty Springfield.

  • Bonnie Bishop On World Cafe
    NPR - Aug 15, 2016
  • Bieber Bathos Elegy And Bernstein Live From The Whitney
    Huffington Post - Jan 05, 2016
  • S default mini
    First Nighter: The Rolin Jones Billie Joe Armstrong 'these Paper Bullets!' Makes Much Ado Over The Beatles
    Huffington Post - Dec 16, 2015
  • S us uk ca mini
    Kid And Playful: Jessie Baylin Steps Out Of Her Dark Shadow
    Huffington Post - Apr 03, 2015


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Dusty Springfield.


1939 Birth Born on April 16, 1939.


1960 21 Years Old In 1960, Springfield left The Lana Sisters and formed a pop-folk trio, The Springfields, with Tom and Reshad Feild (both ex-The Kensington Squares), who was replaced by Mike Hurst in 1962. … Read More
During early 1963, The Springfields recorded their last UK Top 5 hit, "Say I Won't Be There". … Read More
On 17 April 1964 Springfield issued her debut album A Girl Called Dusty which included mostly cover versions of her favourite songs. … Read More
From 28 to 30 January 1965 Springfield took part in the Italian Song Festival in San Remo, and reached a semi-final with "Tu che ne sai?" (English:"What Do You Know?") but failed to qualify for the final. … Read More
In 1966 Springfield released three additional UK Top 20 hits: "Little By Little" and two dramatic ballads – one written by Carole King: "Goin' Back" and "All I See Is You," written by Ben Weisman & Clive Westlake, which also reached the US Top 20.
1968 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Springfield's ITV series It Must Be Dusty was broadcast in May and June 1968, episode six featured a duet performance of "Mockingbird" with singer-guitarist Jimi Hendrix fronting his band, The Experience.


1969 - 1970 3 More Events
1971 32 Years Old 1 More Event
She sang back up vocals with her friend Madeline Bell on two tracks on Elton John's 1971 hit album, Tumbleweed Connection.
1972 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Springfield signed a contract with ABC Dunhill Records and Cameo was issued in February 1973 to respectable reviews, though poor sales.
1973 34 Years Old In 1973, Springfield recorded the theme song for the TV series, The Six Million Dollar Man, which was used for two of its film-length episodes: "Wine, Women & War" and "The Solid Gold Kidnapping".
1974 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Her second ABC Dunhill album was given the working title Elements and was then scheduled for release in late 1974 as Longing. … Read More


Her 1979 album, Living Without Your Love, did not reach the top 50.
1980 - 1982 3 More Events
1985 46 Years Old She tried to revive her career in 1985 by returning to the UK and signing to Peter Stringfellow's Hippodrome Records label. … Read More
1987 48 Years Old In 1987, she accepted an invitation from Pet Shop Boys to duet with their lead singer, Neil Tennant, on the single "What Have I Done to Deserve This? … Read More


1989 50 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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 1989 drama film, Scandal.
1990 51 Years Old She capitalised on this by recording the 1990 album Reputation, her third UK Top 20 studio album. … Read More
1993 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, she recorded a duet with her former 1960s professional rival and friend, Cilla Black. … Read More
In the middle of 1994, Springfield was diagnosed with breast cancer. … Read More


The song, which Springfield called "good old schmaltz," was voted among the All Time Top 100 Songs by the listeners of BBC Radio 2 in 1999.
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.