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Dusty Springfield


Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien (a.k.a. Dusty Springfield) is born in London.


The Springfields, a British folk trio that includes Dusty and brother Tom Springfield, has a Top Twenty hit in the U.S. with “Silver Threads and Golden Needles.”


The Springfields perform their farewell concert in London. Nine days later, Dusty Springfield debuts onstage as a solo artist.


Dusty Springfield’s first solo hit, “I Only Want to Be With You,” enters the British chart, ultimately reaching #4. It is also the first song to be played on the BBC’s new pop-music show, Top of the Pops. The song rises to #12 in America early in 1964.


Dusty Springfield reaches #12 with “I Only Want To Be With You”.


Dusty Springfield hosts a British TV special entitled “The Sound of Motown.” She duets with Martha Reeves (of Martha and the Vandellas) on “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” an American hit for Dusty Springfield the previous year.


“You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” Dusty Springfield’s biggest American hit, peaks at #4.


‘Dusty in Memphis’, Dusty Springfield’s acknowledged masterpiece, is released on Atlantic Records.


Dusty Springfield reaches # 10 with “Son of a Preacher Man”.


Longtime fans the Pet Shop Boys enlist Dusty Springfield to duet on “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” It reaches #2 in both the U.S. and U.K.


Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe write and produce two more Top Twenty U.K. hits for Dusty Springfield


Dusty Springfield’s comeback continues with the album ‘Reputation’, which reaches #18 on the British chart.


‘A Very Fine Love,’ recorded in Nashville by Dusty Springfield, is released.


Dusty Springfield dies of breast cancer on the day she was scheduled to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from the queen of England and two weeks before her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Dusty Springfield is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fourteenth annual induction dinner.