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Dusty Springfield


1939

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

1962

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.”

1963

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

1963

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.

1964

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

1965

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.

1966

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

1969

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

1969

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

1987

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.

1989

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

1990

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

1995

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

1999

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.

1999

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

Dusty Springfield