DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
WOMAN of REPUTE

LATEST NEWS

APRIL 2006

SOUTH BANK SHOW TO HIGHLIGHT DUSTY
At 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 (not April 2 as previously announced) the prestigious British ITV arts program, The South Bank Show will highlight the life and music of Dusty Springfield.

ITV has the following to say about the show: "The iconic Dusty Springfield remains the 'white lady of soul' and in this compelling South Bank Show, her moving and dramatic story is told in its entirety for the first time. An array of intimate friends, lovers and show business talents go on record to describe the intense highs and lows of Dusty's swinging life, before her untimely death in 1999."

Dusty's friend and colleague, Simon Bell, notes on his website Dusty Devotedly, that the South Bank Show will include an early recording of the standard "Can't We Be Friends" -- featuring an 18-year-old Dusty singing with her friend Peter Miles, who has since become a jazz singer and actor. Simon notes that later in her career, Dusty performed this same song with Mel Torme during her 1967 BBC TV series.

Simon also notes that "although many of Dusty's friends and colleagues have been interviewed [for the South Bank Show], it has not been possible to feature everyone in the final cut. Those appearing are Burt Bacharach, Billie Jean King, Vicki Wickham, Pat Rhodes, Lee Everett, Pet Shop Boys, Carole Pope, Baby Washington, Charles Shaar Murray (music journalist), Nelson George (music biographer), and Peter Miles."

In the March 26 edition of the British newspaper, The Independent, Adam Sweeting reports on the South Bank Show's highlighting of Dusty -- one that will promote "a deeper understanding of what made her a great artist."

For instance, the show will include the perspective of Derek Wadsworth, who "worked with Springfield for 15 years as musician and arranger, and [who] remembers how she would adjust musical keys to create the maximum emotional impact." Says Wadsworth: "She would work very hard to get exactly the semitone which would make her strain the vocal at the top end, so you get this kind of wonderful torture. For example, in 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' she pushed that key change to the absolute limit, so she could only just squeeze it out." Wadsworth also notes that Dusty grasped the bigger musical picture. "It was like putting a jigsaw together," he says. "Dusty would have made a great scientist, because she analysed every detail."

Adam Sweeting's article can be viewed here in its entirety.


MARCH 27, 2006

DUSTY DAY 2006
Andy Robinson reports at his excellent website, White Lady of Soul, that Dusty Day 2006 will take place on Sunday, April 16, 2006 at the Queen's Head pub, Reading Road, Henley-On-Thames.

Due to the size of the venue, there are only a limited number of tickets. Tickets cost £15 plus £1 postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to Colin J Lench. Tickets can be obtained by writing to Colin Lench, 9 St Mary's Way, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 2RX.


MARCH 27, 2006

LATEST ISSUE OF THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD BULLETIN NOW AVAILABLE
Issue 58 of the Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB) has recently been received by subscribers. DSB is a 32-page magazine dedicated to Dusty Springfield and issued three times a year. The magazine is printed on A4 glossy paper with four pages in colour. Besides news, articles, photos, readers letters, etc., the Bulletin from time to time negotiates with record and TV companies, as well as other organizations, to allow otherwise unavailable material to be made available exclusively to DSB members. In the past, the Bulletin has issued five CDs and one DVD of such material.

DSB remains the definitive source of news and information about Dusty and her music, and the latest issue is yet another great compilation by editor Paul Howes of Dusty-related articles, reviews, photographs, and opinions from around the world. For further information about this great publication (including how to subscribe), check out the DSB section of this website.

In 2002 I interviewed Paul about the history of the Bulletin and his excellent book The Complete Dusty Springfield. This interview can be found here.


MARCH 27, 2006

FULL CIRCLE DOCUMENTARY RELEASED ON DVD
On March 13, Universal Pictures in the UK released the 1994 BBC documentary Dusty Springfield: Full Circle on DVD format (catalogue number: 8234170).

Full Circle is unique in that it is the only documentary to which Dusty herself contributed, primarily in the form of an extended interview, filmed in London in December 1993, with comediennes Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. One month later, Dusty traveled to Nashville to begin recording what would be her last album, A Very Fine Love (1995). The documentary concludes with a brief segment of Dusty in a Nashville recording studio, looking markedly tired and drawn in comparison to her appearance in the London footage. It was later revealed that while recording in Nashville, Dusty first experienced the effects of the cancer that would claim her six years later on March 2, 1999.

Previously available on video, Dusty Springfield: Full Circle is, according to music critic Sam Sutherland, "an affable documentary offer[ing] a broad view of the oddly self-effacing yet emotive stylist's career." He goes on to note that "a bumper crop of vintage British television clips from [Dusty's] appearances on her own shows will offer retro-surfers a delirious array of wigs, eyelashes, and couture that may be cause enough for viewing. Yet Springfield's vocal poise and superb taste in songs is borne out on a more serious level by interviews with Martha Reeves (for whom she was an honorary Vandella, and whose best early Motown sides are triumphantly covered in vintage Springfield clips), Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant, and producer Jerry Wexler. Giving the hour-long documentary an irreverent spin are interviewers Jennifer Saunders (of Absolutely Fabulous) and Dawn French, who lampoon celebrity worship and reverent pop biographies."

In August 2000, Stuart Maconie, writing in the British music magazine Q, gave the VHS version of Full Circle three out of five stars, and noted that "without . . . exaggeration, there is music and singing here as good as anything pop music has or will ever produce." For Maconie's complete review, click here.


MARCH 27, 2006

NEW DUSTY COMPILATIONS
On January 9, Universal Records in Australia released a 24-track CD to coincide with the Melbourne premiere of the musical Dusty: The Original Pop Diva. Sharing the same name as the musical, this compilation CD (catalogue number: 9836024) contains the following tracks:

I Only Want To Be With You | Goin' Back | Mama's Little Girl | Little By Little
Silver Threads and Golden Needles (The Springfields) | In the Middle of Nowhere | Nothing Has Been Proved
Wishin' and Hopin' | The Look of Love | Stay Awhile | Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)?
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself | The Windmills of Your Mind | Son of a Preacher Man
Soft Core | If You Go Away | My Colouring Book | All Cried Out | I Think It's Gonna Rain Today
What Have I Done To Deserve This? (with the Pet Shop Boys) | Anyone Who Had a Heart
All I See Is You | Goodbye | You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

On April 3, Mercury Records in the UK will release a 2-CD set entitled The Dusty Springfield Story (catalogue number: 9833223). The track list of this release is as follows:

DISC 1: Island Of Dreams (The Springfields) | Say I Won't Be There (The Springfields)
Silver Threads And Golden Needles (The Springfields) | I Only Want To Be With You | Once Upon A Time
Stay A While | Something Special | Mockingbird | I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself | Wishin' And Hopin'
Losing You | Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa | Anyone Who Had A Heart | Some Of Your Lovin'
In The Middle Of Nowhere | Goin' Back | You Don't Have To Say You Love Me | Little By Little
If It Hadn't Been For You | All I See Is You

DISC 2: Give Me Time | If You Go Away | I'll Try Anything | The Look Of Love
I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten | I Will Come To You | Son Of A Preacher Man | Just A Little Lovin'
Windmills Of Your Mind | How Can I Be Sure? | What Have I Done To Deserve This? (with The Pet Shop Boys)
As Long As We've Got Each Other (with BJ Thomas) | Nothing Has Been Proved | In Private
Wherever Would I Be? | Go Easy On Me | Where Is A Woman To Go? | Roll Away

Meanwhile, on January 30, the Spectrum label released a Dusty compilation entitled Another Little Piece of My Heart: The Love Songs (catalogue number: 9836498). The track list of this release is as follows:

I Had A Talk With My Man Last Night | You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
What Do You Do When Love Dies? | Your Hurtin' Kinda Love | Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart
The Look Of Love | I Want Your Love Tonight | I Only Want To Be With You
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself | Some Of Your Lovin' | Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
All Cried Out | How Can I Be Sure? | I Can't Make It Alone | They Long To Be Close To You
If You Go Away | Oh No! Not My Baby | Living Without Your Love


MARCH 27, 2006

DUSTY MUSICAL MOVES TO SYDNEY
The immensely popular musical, Dusty: The Original Pop Diva, which premiered in Melbourne, Australia, on January 12, has moved to Sydney's Lyric Theatre where in opened on March 23.

In an article in the Sydney Star Observer, John Burfitt shares the following interesting anecdote: "After the opening night of Dusty: The Original Pop Diva, in Melbourne earlier this year, the show's star Tamsin Carroll arrived home to discover a sign she had been waiting for from Dusty Springfield herself.

"As Carroll walked into her apartment late on the sultry Melbourne night, her boyfriend Ben opened the balcony doors to let in some fresh air. And that's when she heard what she needed to hear. 'As the breeze blew in, so did the sounds of the nightclub downstairs,' Carroll recalls. 'They were playing Dusty's "Son Of A Preacher Man," and this is not the kind of club that plays Dusty hits. I couldn't help but smile as I thought it was her way of saying she was happy and that the opening night went well. A lot of us have had feelings that she is hovering around us, and we are glad to have her on side.' "

About the show, Carroll says, "It is a celebration of a great life and it is about someone everyone knows and loves."

Burfitt notes that in the show, "the women in Dusty's life have been combined in the composite character of Reno, played by [Deni] Hines." For Carroll, the topic of Springfield's sexuality was "an essential part of the show's script."

"Dusty was a lesbian and it is a completely necessary part of the character," Carroll says. "It wasn't something she felt she needed to speak up about in a huge way, but it wasn't something she denied either.

"Some people have said they didn't know she was a lesbian, but I don't think many people have a problem with it. Deni and I have a kiss at the end of the song, "Wishin' And Hopin'," and more often than not, we get a huge applause.

"The characters of Dusty and Reno are beautiful together and, ultimately, when there is love there, it has to be a good thing."

In a March 13 message to the Dustyville community, Dusty: The Original Pop Diva co-writer, David Mitchell, noted that the move to Sydney provided an opportunity to "tighten" the show.

"The show ran 2 hours 40 minutes in Melbourne," said Mitchell, "[And] yes, we are tightening the closing 'megamix' medley to lose the reprise of 'Middle of Nowhere," which wasn't keeping the momentum of the finale going. The first 'Middle of Nowhere' is also shorter, losing the dialogue about San Remo, which has gone into a scene with Mary, and the funeral scene is being shortened. The South Africa scene and its aftermath is punchier, and some more explanation of Dusty's years out of the spotlight in the seventies has been added. People unfamiliar with Dusty's story were 'puzzled about the jump of ten years from 'Son of a Preacher Man" to the lean years and decadance of 'Soft Core.' The director saw it on the last night in Melbourne and thinks it's in very good shape for the transfer!"

On February 12, Dusty: The Original Pop Diva was reviewed by Peter H. Kemp of the US-based Variety website. Kemp's thoughts on the musical can be viewed here.


JANUARY 16, 2006
DUSTY: THE ORIGINAL POP DIVA OPENS IN MELBOURNE
On January 12, 2006 the musical Dusty: The Original Pop Diva opened to rave reviews in Melbourne, Australia.

The result of the creative and collaborative efforts of writers John-Michael Howson, David Mitchell and Melvyn Morrow, Dusty: The Original Pop Diva stars Tamsin Carroll as Dusty and features some of Australia's best music theatre performers - including Demi Hines, Mitchell Butel, and Alexis Fishman.


Tamsin Carroll as Dusty Springfield in Dusty: The Original Pop Diva.

Shortly after Dusty: The Original Pop Diva premiered in Melbourne, I had the honor of interviwing via e-mail, David Mitchell, one of the show's co-writers. This interview can be viewed here.

Two articles about Dusty: The Original Pop Diva have been added to the Articles section of Woman of Repute, while two reviews of the show can be found in the Reviews section.

For more information about Dusty: The Original Pop Diva see October 2005 News below. Also, a website for the show has been established at www.dustythemusical.com. Here you can view a "video preview" of the show and register for updates and early bird offers. There is also a song list and cast information.


DECEMBER 7, 2005
LATEST SITE UPDATES
Two reviews of Dusty Springfield's 1979 Royal Albert Hall concert have been added to the Reviews section of Woman of Repute.

The latest exclusive offer from the Dusty Springfield Bulletin, a DVD of Dusty's 1967 appearance on the Australian music TV show Bandstand, has been added to the DVD page of The Essential Dusty.

The CD releases Classics and Collectibles and Live at Royal Albert Hall have been added to the Discography.

As I'm sure you're discovering, Woman of Repute is a very extensive website - one that requires a leisurely exploration, perhaps over several visits. Yet however long it may take you to journey through the many pages of this website dedicated to the life and career of Dusty Springfield, I hope you will find it an insightful and rewarding experience.


NOVEMBER 28, 2005

DUSTY ON PLUTO
Dusty's 1968 recording of the Michel Legrand-penned, "The Windmills of Your Mind" is featured prominently on the soundtrack of director Neil Jordan's new film Breakfast on Pluto.

According to the film's website, Breakfast on Pluto, based on the novel by Patrick McCabe, "follows the exploits of Patrick Braden (Cillian Murphy), an endearing, but deceptively tough young man. Abandoned as a baby in his small Irish hometown and aware from a very early age that he is different, Patrick survives this harsh environment with the aid of his wit and charm, plus a sweet refusal to let anyone and anything change who he is. Director Neil Jordan weaves a wonderfully surreal and magical tale to bring us this funny, moving and poignant rites of passage account of a young man enduring the trials and tribulations he faces with a smile and unwavering faith in the inherent goodness in us all."

Both the novel and film are based on the real life story of cross-dressing prostitute Patrick "Kitten" Branden, and is set during the early 1970s and an especially tumultuous and violent period in Ireland's political history, with bombings, rioting, repression, and sectarian bloodshed spilling beyond Northern Ireland and bringing havoc to English cities and areas of the Irish Republic.

The film's title comes from a '70s song by Don Partridge, a one-man-band folkie who still goes by the name of "King of the London Buskers." Other songs featured in the film include "Me and My Arrow" by Harry Nilsson, "Honey" by Bobby Goldboro, "Me and Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul, "Children of the Revolution" by T-Rex, "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield, "Fly Robin Fly" by Silver Connection, and "Cypress Avenue" by Van Morrison.

Dusty's hypnotic recording of "The Windmills of Your Mind" is used three times - twice in the film itself (when Kitten goes to London and meets up with a gay magician named Bertie, played by Stephen Rea) and again to accompany the end credits.


NOVEMBER 2005

LATEST ISSUE OF THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD BULLETIN NOW AVAILABLE
Issue 57 of the Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB) has recently been received by subscribers. DSB is a 32-page magazine dedicated to Dusty Springfield and issued three times a year. The magazine is printed on A4 glossy paper with four pages in colour. Besides news, articles, photos, readers letters, etc., the Bulletin from time to time negotiates with record and TV companies, as well as other organisations, to allow otherwise unavailable material to be made available exclusively to DSB members. In the past, the Bulletin has issued five CDs and one DVD of such material.

DSB remains the definitive source of news and information about Dusty and her music, and the latest issue is yet another great compilation by editor Paul Howes of Dusty-related articles, reviews, photographs, and opinions from around the world. For further information about this great publication (including how to subscribe), check out the DSB section of this website.

In 2002 I interviewed Paul about the history of the Bulletin and his excellent book The Complete Dusty Springfield. This interview can be found here.


NOVEMBER 2005

ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT RELEASED
Dusty Springfield's celebrated 1979 Royal Albert Hall concert was issued by Eagle Rock Entertainment in the United Kingdom on DVD on October 17 and on CD on October 24. In the U.S., both DVD and CD were released on November 1.

Contrary to earlier reports, the DVD contains what is known as the "edited for TV" version of the concert. In the latest issue of the Dusty Springfield Bulletin, editor Paul Howes notes that the reason for this is that apparently "the quality of the original unedited masters has deteriorated so much over the years that they are beyond restoration, whereas the TV version has survived in pristine condition."

Along with the actual concert, the Royal Albert Hall DVD also includes touching and insightful interviews with Dusty's friend and former manager Vicki Wickham, longtime friend and secretary Pat Rhodes, friend and colleague Madeline Bell, and friend and backup vocalist Simon Bell.


Liner notes for the DVD are provided by Warren Zanes, author of Dusty in Memphis, which is part of Continuum Press' 33 1/3 series of books on landmark albums (see October 15, 2003 News below).

Zanes acknowledges that the concert has a "decided looseness" about it, owing to the fact that there had not been "a whole lot of rehearsal." Yet, that said, Zanes is adamant that "there is no question that the imperfections of the performance contribute to the value of the document. The band falters at a few spots and Dusty's vocal is sometimes too low for her between song patter to be heard. Yet something important emerges. The Dusty who brought her listeners close through song but otherwise kept people at a distance seems more exposed here, more willing to let us catch a glimpse. Even if it's just a moment in which Dusty cannot help but giggle mid-song, and there are a few (see "The Look of Love"!), there's a sense that in this performance she has let her guard down in ways that, at least purportedly, she rarely did. At times it feels like the joy of the event gets under her skin in the best ways. At times it proves infectious."


OCTOBER 2005

NEW MUSICAL FOCUSES ON DUSTY'S LIFE AND MUSIC
A new musical about the life and career of Dusty Springfield, entitled Dusty: The Original Pop Diva, will commence its world premiere season on January 12, 2006 at the Victorian Arts Centre, State Theatre in Melbourne, Australia.

The show is written by John-Michael Howson, David Mitchell and Melvyn Morrow. - the team responsible for the hugely successful musical Shout!, based on Australian 1950s rocker Johnny O'Keefe. Dusty: The Original Pop Diva is being produced by Dennis Smith and directed by Stuart Maunder.

Tamsin Carroll stars as Dusty and Deni Hines as Dusty's lover, Reno. Mitchell Butel will play Rodney, Dusty's gay hairdresser and friend. Co-writer David Mitchell says that "Rodney is not a flowery character, more a working class gay from northern London. [Like Reno] he is based on a few of her real life friends. It is a very different approach to a musical, but I think it is great and will work."


A website for the show has been established at www.dustythemusical.com where you can view a "video preview" of the show and register for updates and early bird offers. There is also a song list and cast information.

According to BroadwayAustralia.com, the show is likely to open in Sydney on March 23, 2006 at Star City's Lyric Theatre. It will then tour to Burswood Theatre in Perth, the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane.


SEPTEMBER 2005

VISITING 'DUSTY SITES' IN THE LONDON AREA
In August, I had the opportunity to visit my brother and his family in London. While there, I visited and photographed the house in Kensington where Dusty lived during part of the 1960s, as well as her grave in the cemetery of St. Mary the Virgin Church, located in the picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames.

38 Aubrey Walk
On Sunday April 29, 2001,the Heritage Foundation of the United Kingdom unveiled the first Musical Heritage plaque in honor of Dusty Springfield. A circular blue plaque was placed on the front wall of 38 Aubrey Walk, in London's Kensington area. Dusty lived at this address from 1968 until her relocation to the United States in 1972. She shared the house with her then-girlfriend Norma Tanega.

Various media outlets reported the unveiling of the commemorative plague, which was very much a group effort involving Dusty's friends and colleagues Madeline Bell, Pat Rhodes, Simon Bell, Billie Davis, Frank Allen and Shirley Ann Field.

Chairman of the Heritage Foundation, David Graham, organized the event which, according to Simon Bell's excellent Dusty Devotedly website, was followed by a luncheon at Grosvenor House in Park Lane where many of Dusty's friends and fans gathered -- along with stars from the sixties, including The Searchers' Frank Allen, Dave Berry, and Billie Davis.


On August 17, 2005, my nephew Liam and I set off to find and photograph Dusty's former residence. From Central London, the best way to get to 38 Aubrey Walk is to take the Central tube line to Holland Park. Upon exiting the station, take a left on Holland Park Ave. and proceed to Aubrey Rd., which will be on your right across the street. After a short walk, Aubrey Rd. turns left and becomes Aubrey Walk. Dusty's former residence, 38 Aubrey Walk, will be a short distance away on the left - a two storey "mews cottage" covered in green foliage. Looking directly at the house, the Musical Heritage commemorative plague is to the left of the front door.

Henley-on-Thames
As she struggled with cancer in the last years of her life, Dusty lived in a house close to the village of Harpsden, just outside the picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames. After Dusty's death on March 2, 1999, her funeral was held at Henley's Church of St. Mary the Virgin on March 12, 1999. Dusty's body was later cremated and a portion of her ashes buried in the cemetery of St. Mary's. The remainder of her ashes were scattered in the sea by her brother Tom at the cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

On Sunday, August 21, 2005, members of my family and I drove to Henley-on-Thames and visited Dusty's grave in the churchyard of St. Mary's.


Henley-on-Thames lies 35 miles west of London, about 9 miles from junction 8/9 of the M4 for access from London and the South. It is about the same distance from junction 6 of the M40 for access from the Midlands and North.

There are regular bus services from Reading, High Wycombe and Oxford - " all of which set down in Hart Street in the town centre. The Church of St. Mary the Virgin is located on Hart St close to the Thames.

There are regular trains to Henley-on-Thames from London's Paddington Station (just under 1 hour) and Reading, operated by Thames Trains (0118 908 3678). In Henley, the railway station is located to the south of the town centre and is about a five minute walk from the centre.

For more information about Henley-on-Thames, click here.


SEPTEMBER 2005
DUSTY BIOPIC TO BE "FACT-BASED"
Sarah Warn, writing for the website AfterEllen.com, recently debunked claims that the forthcoming biopic of Dusty Springfield would "de-gay" Dusty. She quotes the film's writer and director Jessica Sharzer as saying, "The biopic I'm writing is heavily fact-based and does not shy away at all from the Dusty's lesbianism."

The full text of Sarah's article can be found at AfterEllen.com .


AUGUST 1, 2005

NEW DUSTY DVD
BR Music in Holland have recently released a DVD of classic Dusty Springfield TV performances. Entitled I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, the DVD contains the following clips:

Island of Dreams | Once Upon A Time | I Only Want To Be With You
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself | In The Middle Of Nowhere | Losing You
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me | All I See Is You | Son Of A Preacher Man | A Brand New Me
Knowing When To Leave | What's It Gonna Be? | I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten
Lost | How Can I Be Sure? | Spooky

According to the Dusty Springfield Bulletin (through which one can purchase this latest DVD), I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten is PAL formatted, which means that it will not be playable on most American DVD players.


JULY 18, 2005
NEW DUSTY MUSICAL PREMIERES IN PROVINCETOWN
On July 8, the Provincetown Banner reported that "Acclaimed Broadway actress and now playwright Susann Fletcher brings Dusty Springfield back to life in 'A Girl Called Dusty,' a dramatic play with music which makes its world premiere [July 9] at The Provincetown Theater," Massachusetts. (NOTE: The play runs through July 24. For ticket information, visit here)


In a July 7 interview with Thomas Garvey for the Bay Windows newspaper, playwright Susann Fletcher remarks that her play is "All about the price you pay for dumping your true self. Dusty's story is basically her gradual return to that self. In a way she was self-created, which gay people can really relate to; she was this chubby little Catholic schoolgirl named Mary O'Brien who turned herself into a blonde goddess. But that transformation came at a terrible cost."

In describing Fletcher's play, Garvey writes that "The action of the musical is propelled by a conflict that exists within Springfield herself. Born Mary O'Brien, she was encouraged by her brother to enter the music business. Never entirely comfortable with public life, she created the Dusty Springfield persona for pop radio and the concert stage. The two leads in Fletcher's show are Dusty Springfield, aging from 24 to 59, and Mary O'Brien, who is never older than 15. The two regularly interact onstage, with Mary serving as both the conscience and the tormentor to her older self."

In his July 14 review of "A Girl Called Dusty" for the Boston Globe, Garvey shares his opinion on the effectiveness of the play's narrative structure. "Fletcher knows how to construct a scene," he readily admits, "but her dialogue reeks of therapy-speak, and the conflict faced by Dusty's two faces - it's all about accepting who you are, of course - soon grows dull. It's certainly mild stuff compared to the parade of drug addictions, same-sex affairs, and straightjacket meltdowns that zip by in so many half-baked skits. Meanwhile, lead actress Stacia Fernandez's glamorous voice lacks the yearning purr that was Dusty's signature (if you ain't got that, you ain't got Dusty). As young Mary, Kathy Deitch supplies something more like the songbird's heartbroken smolder (particularly in her Act 1 showstopper, 'Anyone Who Had a Heart'), but she's far too bouncy and earnest to serve as the inner voice of a soul in torment."


Playwright Susann Fletcher flanked by Kathy Deitch (left)
and Stacia Fernandez, the two actresses who play Dusty Springfield
in "A Girl Called Dusty." (Photo Ann Wood)

The Boston Herald's review of "A Girl Called Dusty" similarly notes that while "Fletcher cleverly uses two actresses to play the star" and that while "the fearful alter ego provides an intriguing foil for the pop star . . . Fletcher lets Mary dominate rather than illuminate the proceedings. Deitch has stage presence to spare and a powerfully soulful voice that shakes the room. But in the context of the story, she distracts the focus from the star O'Brien became."

The Boston Herald also observes that "In her effort to cover every twist and turn in Springfield's career, Fletcher leans toward the superficial. We do meet her girlfriends (Springfield was bisexual) and backup singers (both, among several other roles, played by Beth Beyer and Charlie Parker) but we never see what attracts Springfield to them or why they remain her longtime friends."

Yet for Bill O'Neill of the Cape Cod Times, Fletcher's play is "bound to be a classic." "The show belongs to Fernandez and Deitch," O'Neill writes in his July 12 review. "In mesmerizing fashion Fernandez conveys the tempered sexiness of a '60s star, the courage of a performer who would insist on playing before mixed-race audiences in South Africa and the confusion of a woman who can't comprehend why the press relentlessly inquires about her love life. When she sings 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me,' 'I Can't Make It Alone' and other classics, her imitation of Springfield - from her evocative, sweeping hand movements to her bold, soulful vocals - is spot on.

"Deitch's performance is just as strong. While she's not as silky on the high notes as Fernandez, she delivers a moving version of 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' and holds her own in duets with Fernandez. Deitch conveys O'Brien as an inner child who has a cutting comment to counter Springfield's every success, but she manages the difficult task of keeping the character entirely sympathetic. Through her, we see the terror that must be conquered, at least temporarily, by any artist who dares to see just how far her talents can take her."

The Provincetown Banner reports that "After this production there are several options for the play including runs in Coconut Grove or Dallas with the ultimate goal being an extended run in New York."


JULY 2005
ANNE MURRAY RECALLS DUSTY
Radio presenter Eoin Cameron of 720 ABC Perth, Australia, recently interviewed Canadian singer-songwriter Anne Murray. One of the topics of discussion was Dusty Springfield.

"I called her and asked her if she'd do some backup vocals with me," said Murray, recalling the genesis of their first meeting. "She was clean at that time and we just had the best week together."


Anne Murray and Dusty Springfield converse during the shooting of Anne's
1985 CBS television special. For more images of this event, visit Lem's Dusty Pics.

A decade later in 1985, Anne renewed the association when she invited Dusty to sing with her at the Royal Albert Hall, and also on a CBS television special. Talking about Dusty's legendary reputation as a 'difficult' performer, Murray suggested that "She was difficult in a sense to work with because she didn't have confidence in herself. You had to keep building her up . . . she would say 'I can't do that' and I would say, 'What do you mean you can't do that, you're the best singer in the world and you can't do that?'"

A description of Eoin Cameron's complete interview with Anne Murray can be found here.


JULY 18, 2005

LATEST ISSUE OF THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD BULLETIN NOW AVAILABLE
Issue 56 of the Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB) has recently been received by subscribers. DSB remains the definitive source of news and information about Dusty and her music. As DSB-member Ralph Gunnion notes, "it is the ultimate tribute and fan base for Dusty."

The latest issue is yet another great compilation by editor Paul Howes of Dusty-related articles, reviews, photographs, and opinions from around the world. For further information about this great publication (including how to subscribe), check out the DSB section of this website.

In 2002 I interviewed Paul about the history of the Bulletin and his excellent book The Complete Dusty Springfield. This interview can be found here.


JULY 2005

DUSTY BIOPIC STAR KRISTIN CHENOWETH: "I'LL DO MY OWN SINGING"
Much to the disappointment of many Dasty fans and admirers, Broadway actress Kristen Chenoweth has told Out magazine in the US that she will be doing her own singing in the upcoming Dusty biopic in which she will play Dusty Springfield (see May 2005 News below).

In the July 2005 issue of Out, Kristen declares, "I want people to know it's OK to be religious or have faith and have these struggles [with sexuality]. . . Dusty had issues with her Catholicism and her lesbianism. Dusty had lots to overcome, mainly her low self-esteem. [In the film] I get to do her wicked sense of humor, and I'll do my own singing."


JULY 2005

ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT SET FOR DVD RELEASE
Both the Dusty Springfield: White Lady of Soul website and the Dusty Devotedly website are reporting that Dusty Springfield's acclaimed 1979 Royal Albert Hall concert is to be released on DVD on October 7, 2005.

Simon Bell, creator of the excellent Dusty Devotedly website, was a close friend and colleague of Dusty's. He was also one of her backup singers for the Royal Albert concert. On his website, Simon notes that Mike Mansfield, who directed the concert in 1979, has digitally remastered it with a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. Along with the actual concert, the DVD release will also include previously unseen footage (including Dusty's only ever live performance of "Baby Blue") and "extras" in the form of interviews with Dusty's former manager Vicki Wickham, her longtime friend and secretary Pat Rhodes, friend and colleague Madeline Bell, and of course, Simon himself.


Dusty Springfield at the Royal Albert Hall, December 3, 1979.

Notes Simon, "Some truly great musicians took part in the concert, among them Alan Parker and Herbie Flowers from Blue Mink; singers with me on the show were the late Vicki Brown, and Lavinia Rogers, sister of Clodagh (a big UK singer in the 60s)."

On his comprehensive website Dusty Springfield: White Lady of Soul, Andy Robinson reports on the concert's original producer Hilary McLaren Tipping's excitement for the project: "We are really excited, as our production has never before seen the light of day; in all its glorious colour and with the new fabulous sound it will be a classic 'must have' DVD . . . Mike Mansfield and I were amazed at how well the original footage holds up. The new digital tapes are stunning technically but, most of all, the performance is Dusty at her best, not only vocally but her interaction with the audience is so real and touching."


JULY 2005

DUSTY RECENTLY COMPARED TO BOTH OLD AND NEW SINGERS
In the April 7 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Rob Sheffield reviews a new Astrud Gilberto compilation - part of Hip-O/Verve's "20th Century Masters Millennium Collection." Known as the "Sixties queen of bossa nova," Sheffield also compares Astrud Gilberto to Dusty Springfield, noting that "It wasn't just the dry, doleful voice that made Astrud Gilberto an international bossa nova star. It was her eyelashes, her beehive, her swank Sixties mini-dress - she was the epitome of mod heartbreak, a Brazilian version of Dusty Springfield."

(NOTE: In September 1999, a collection of Dusty's recordings was released as part of the 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection. As was noted on this site at the time, this release limits Dusty's "best" to 12 songs and incredulously does not include Dusty's classic "Son of a Preacher Man.")

Another singer who has recently been compared to Dusty Springfield is North Carolina-born singer/songwriter Tift Merritt - declared by Amazon.com as "this generations new version of Carole King or Dusty Springfield." In particular, Amazon and others have been comparing Tift Merritt's most recent album Tambourine (Lost Highway Records, 2004) to Dusty's classic 1968-recorded album Dusty in Memphis.

"Like Van Morrison and Dusty Springfield, Merritt follows her country, soul, and rock & roll instincts to find a single ecstatic sound," notes the online mega store. "A mix of hard-charging guitar rockers, horn-charted grooves, and pensive singer-songwriter ballads . . . Tambourine may not quite live up to the Dusty in Memphis comparisons, but it may very well wind up the album of Tift Merritt's career."

Vanity Fair writes of Tambourine: "Stax-style R&B tunes complete with slinky horns and sultry background singers. If you're picturing Dusty Springfield fronting Creedence Clearwater Revival, you're right."

Thankfully, Sam Ubl at PitchforkMedia.com puts things in perspective: "Merritt has a long way to go before she runs the risk of being mistaken for A-league stars like Emmylou Harris and Dusty Springfield," he notes. "But that we can speculate about her one day achieving that status is itself a tremendous compliment."

Personally, with or without comparisons to Dusty, I highly recommend investigating Tift Merritt's Tambourine. The opening track, "Stray Paper," will alone reward any such an investigation.


JUNE 2005

DUSTY SWINGS
Dusty Springfield is included in a recently released Australian 2 CD collection entitled Swing - one described as a "great blend of old and new smooth swing classics."

Dusty's 1967 hit "The Look of Love" joins among others, Nina Simone's "Love Me Or Leave Me," George Michael's "My Baby Just Cares for Me," Frank Sinatra's "Lean Baby," Dinah Washington's "Makin' Whoopee," Julie London's "Fly Me to the Moon," Tony Bennett's "Night and Day," Shirley Bassey's "Big Spender," Matt Monroe's "Strangers in the Night," Peggy Lee's "Why Don't You Do It Right," Dean Martin's "When You're Smiling," Natalie Cole's "It's Crazy," Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," Rosemary Clooney's "Mambo Italiano," Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl From Ipanema," Nat King Cole's "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66."


JUNE 2005

VOTE FOR WOMAN OF REPUTE
Please consider showing your support for Woman of Repute by voting for this website at Starpages.net. Just click on the logo above and register your vote. Thanks!


MAY 2005
KRISTIN CHENOWETH TO PLAY DUSTY IN NEW FILM
Both the Hollywood Reporter and Playbill have recently announced that actress Kristin Chenoweth - most recently on Broadway in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked - will play Dusty Springfield in a new film to be made by Universal Pictures.

The as yet to be titled biopic will focus on Dusty's life and career in the sixties - culminating in the 1968 recording of her classic Dusty in Memphis album. The film will be written and directed by Jessica Sharzer, the recipient of a 2002 student Academy Award for the movie Speak, which she wrote and directed. The film will be jointly produced by Universal's Marc Platt, Kristin Chenoweth, and Danielle Thomas of the production company Untitled Entertainment.

Playbill.com notes that "Kristin Chenoweth, who received a Tony nomination for her work as Glinda in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, has been seen on the New York stage in The Fantasticks, Scapin, Steel Pier, A New Brain, Epic Proportions, Strike Up the Band, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Candide. The actress won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in the Broadway show, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Chenoweth recently released her second solo recording, As I Am (Sony Classical), and will be seen in a slew of upcoming movies, including The Pink Panther, Bewitched, Asphalt Beach, Running with Scissors and Stranger Than Fiction. She is currently part of the cast of NBC's The West Wing.

In the April 26 edition of Blender magazine, Kristin poses as the Memphis-era Dusty and shares her thoughts on Dusty's landmark album, Dusty in Memphis: "It's almost like she's speaking to you, which is always what you want. I'd love to do her life story. She was very, very insecure, she grew up a chubby kid with acne in England, and was kind of an outcast who always went home and listened to her records. I understand that. Everybody tells me, 'You seem so confident, like you have the world by a string.' But I don't care who you are-if you're a creative person, you are insecure. That's what we draw from."


Kristin Chenoweth poses as the Memphis-era Dusty Springfield
for Blender magazine. Photographs by Justin Stephens.

The announcement of Universal's proposed film on Dusty follows the success of the company's Ray Charles musical biopic, Ray, starring Jamie Foxx. However, no production or release dates have been given for this latest Dusty film project. An earlier project entitled You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - to have starred actress Joely Fisher and been produced by US-based Tavel-Cameron Productions - has been abandoned.


MAY 2005
DUSTY ON ENRON SOUNDTRACK
Dusty Springfield's 1968 hit "Son of a Preacher Man" is featured in writer-director Alex Gibney's new film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room - a documentary that "takes a notorious tale of corporate greed and plays it as Greek tragedy, Texas-style."

Christy Lemire of the Associated Press writes: "Simultaneously eye-opening and entertaining, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room recalls the best aspects of Michael Moore's movies, complete with an accompanying soundtrack of appropriate songs to punctuate every misdeed and misadventure. Phantom Planet's "California," the theme from the glossy nighttime soap The O.C. plays during a section about the state's rolling blackouts. "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield heralds the start of a segment about [Enron CEO Ken] Lay's Baptist upbringing.


APRIL 2005

ZONE RECORDS NOW ONLINE
Zone Records, co-founded by Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB) editor Paul Howes, is now online. An independent UK record label, Zone Records specializes in the licensing of back catalogues of major recording artistes - chief among them, Dusty Springfield. Other projects of the label focus on Burt Bacharach, Jackie deShannon, Jackie Trent, Petula Clark, and Scott Walker.

Numerous CD releases of rare Dusty material - exclusive to DSB - have been the work of Paul Howes and Zone Records. These CDs - along with DSB subscription information - can be viewed here.


APRIL 2005
DUSTY HQ BECOMES DUSTYVILLE
The moderator of the DustyHQ internet group has recently changed the group's name to Dustyville. Accordingly, both the group's e-mail address and homepage location have changed. Dustyville's e-mail address is Dustyville@yahoogroups.com. Dustyville can be found online at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Dustyville.


MARCH 2005

LATEST ISSUE OF THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD BULLETIN NOW AVAILABLE
Issue 55 of the Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB) has recently been received by subscribers. DSB remains the definitive source of news and information about Dusty and her music, and the latest issue is yet another great compilation by editor Paul Howes of Dusty-related articles, reviews, photographs, and opinions from around the world. For further information about this great publication (including how to subscribe), check out the DSB section of this website. In 2002 I interviewed Paul about the history of the Bulletin and his excellent book The Complete Dusty Springfield. This interview can be found here.


MARCH 2005

NEW BOOK RECALLS DUSTY IN PHILADELPHIA
Dusty Springfield is mentioned in a new book by John A Jackson entitled A House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul.

The book has been described as "the definite account of Philadelphia Soul," and "a fascinating study of the hit sound that left lasting impressions on both the recording industry and American culture." Specifically, A House on Fire offers an engaging look at Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell - three men who during the 1970s "collectively produced at least twenty-eight gold- or platinum-certified record albums and thirty-one million-selling gold- r platinum-certified singles. They made superstars out of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, the Spinners, and the Stylistics."

Of Dusty's Philadelphia Soul album, 1970's A Brand New Me, Jackson writes the following: "[Technological advances at Joe Tarsia's Sigma Sound studio] came just in time for Gamble, Huff, and Bell's next independent production. Atlantic Records, impressed with how the careers of Jerry Butler and (to a lesser extent) Archie Bell had been revived in Philadelphia, sent another of their artists to the City of Brotherly Love. But instead of a black R&B singer, Atlantic dispatched a white Englishwoman named Dusty Springfield, who already had eight Top 40 hits to her credit by the time she arrived at Sigma Sound. A year earlier, Atlantic had shuffled Springfield off to Memphis, where she recorded her soulful Dusty in Memphis album. Four singles from that collection charted in 1968, but when a fifth solo try failed to crack Billboard's Hot 100, Atlantic realized it had overreached in milking hits from Springfield's Memphis album. After the company 'hit the wall with Dusty,' said Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler, it was decided to pair her with a new producer. Wexler said the powers at Atlantic 'were respectful' of Gamble, Huff, and Bell's recent studio work and decided to 'give them a shot.'


Dusty Springfield with musician and arranger, Bobby Martin, who
"played an important role in the development of Philadelphia Soul."

Although no specific recollections of Dusty in Philadelphia are shared, Jackson nevertheless imparts some interesting information about the making of A Brand New Me - from which he contends that the "indifferent" results of the finished album ere due, in part, to Gamble and Huff's assigning of much of the work to their "growing stable of subordinates."

Writes Jackson: "Springfield's first single cut in Philadelphia, 'A Brand New Me,' reached number twenty-four on Billboard's Hot 100 that fall. The Thom Bell-arranged song was her biggest hit in a year. But Springfield's A Brand New Me album, released in January 1970, was, at best, a moderate success. While Gamble and Huff had a hand in writing all of the album's ten tracks, the pair ceded part of the album's production to some of the underlings in their growing musical organization. Gamble and Huff also uncharacteristically altered their studio recording technique in order to accommodate Thom Bell, who co-wrote [the title track of] the album and wanted to record it in his own preferred manner. 'That was the first time Gamble had ever done a live session, with thirty-five, forty guys [inside the studio] all at once,' said Bell. 'He was scared to death!' Gamble repeatedly asked whether Bell was certain he had written the music correctly. (Bell did not blame amble for not trusting him because, at that point, 'he actually didn't know how good I was or wasn't.') When the session was completed, Gamble recalled that it had 'worked like magic.' Remembering that session three decades later, Bell said, 'That wasn't any magic, man! Just things I heard.'

Jackson also quotes Jerry Wexler's summation of the album: "[It was] a pretty good record, but it was no Dusty in Memphis." According to Jackson, "Wexler's qualified assessment was on the mark. There was no one outstanding song on A Brand New Me. The title track notwithstanding, the songs and mood of A Brand New Me bear a pallid sameness."

A House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul by John A. Jackson is published by Oxford University Press, New York. Visit your local independent bookstore to purchase a copy.


FEBRUARY 2005
A NEW MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF DUSTY
Andy Robinson reports on his excellent White Lady of Soul website, that a "new musical event celebrating the music of Dusty Springfield" is to be presented at Solihull Arts Complex in Solihull, England on July 14, 2005.

Presented by Matthew Jones Productions, this event is being billed as "an exciting and collaborative concert celebrating the life and music of the late Dusty Springfield."

Musical Director Matthew Jones will share the stage with vocalist Martine Harry-Davis, along with the Matthew Jones Orchestra, Singers and Youth Choir. The concert will be narrated by Janet Johnson and will feature many of Dusty's most famous songs, including "Son of a Preacher Man," "The Look of Love," "I Close my Eyes and Count to Ten," and "You Don't have to Say You Love Me."

Tickets for this one night performance are £14 (£12 concessions). For more information click here.


FEBRUARY 2005

DUSTY DAY 2005
The annual Dusty Day will be celebrated this year on Sunday, April 17 at Henley Rugby Club, Henley-on-Thames, England. Sponsored by Maggie Stredder, Pat Rhodes, and the Dusty Springfield Bulletin, Dusty Day 2005 will feature special guests Karen Noble, Emma Wilkinson, Simon Bell, and Madeline Bell. For more information, including how to secure tickets, visit the official Dusty Day 2005 website.


JANUARY 2005

EXCITING NEW OFFER FROM DSB
The latest issue of the Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB) offers members a very special DVD of classic Dusty material. As DSB editor Paul Howes explains: "In 1967 Dusty recorded a special 50-minute episode of the weekly Australian music program Bandstand." Songs performed included such classics as "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," "I Only Want To Be With You," and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself." There are thirteen Dusty performances in total plus an interview with Dusty by host Brian Henderson.

According to Paul, this show has only ever been broadcast once and has never been seen outside of Australia. Yet now, by arrangement with Channel Nine in Australia, DSB has been allowed to make this show exclusively available to DSB members.

The program is available on DVD only, yet in a format that is playable on all DVD players, regardless of country. A portion of the sale of this DVD is being donated to the Royal Marsden Hospital Charity.

DSB remains the definitive source of news and information about Dusty and her music, and the latest issue (November 2004) is yet another great compilation by editor Paul Howes of Dusty-related articles, reviews, photographs, and opinions from around the world. For further information about this great publication (including how to subscribe), check out the DSB section of this website. Also, in 2003 I interviewed Paul about the history of the Bulletin and his excellent book The Complete Dusty Springfield. This interview can be found here.


DECEMBER 2004
REMEMBERING ERIC PLANT AND HELENE SELLERY
Simon Bell recently reported on his Dusty Devotedly website the sad news of the death of Dusty Springfield's longtime friend, Helene Sellery, and Dusty's former dressmaker, Eric Plant.

In the 1960s Eric Plant as Darnell of London, designed and made many of the beautiful gowns and dresses worn by Dusty.

In their biography of Dusty, Dancing with Demons, Penny Valentine and Vicki Wickham write, "Dusty and Eric would spend hours working out exactly what she needed for which shows - dresses that would come nearly to the ground but which would cling to make a smooth, slim outline; always dresses with sleeves and only unfussy detail . . . [Dusty] knew exactly what worked on stage or television. On stage for any showcase events or tours, because of the hard spotlights it had to be sequins. For television, because she wanted the attention to concentrate on her face, she got Darnell to put in more detail round the neck - often daisies, repeating the motif in her hair - or the bodice of the dress would be completely covered in bugle beading, an innovation in those days. Sometimes Stevie [Holly, a friend of Dusty's and the first female DJ in England], would go with [Dusty's longtime friends] Vicki [Wickham] and Madeliene [Bell] to the fittings, sitting on little chairs in Darnel's showroom while Dusty swept in and out, modeling one beautiful dress after another. 'I was so impressed,' says Stevie, 'because of all the singers she was the star and she played the star and looked the star.'"


Eric, too, had his memories and stories about his days working with Dusty. Indeed, he had a "host of Dusty tales," according to Simon Bell, "which he told in his own inimitable way." Simon also notes that Eric will "be missed by his partner David and all who knew him."

During the last years of Dusty's life, Helene Sellery was a regular visitor from the US. The two women had been friends since 1976 when they met at an alcoholics support group. During Dusty's difficult years in California (1973-1989), it was at Tarzana, Helene's property - complete with cats, goats, and chickens - where she often found sanctuary.

Helene, who confessed to be "musically illiterate outside a touch of classical," fast became a caring and loyal friend of the woman behind the pop star facade of 'Dusty Springfield.' "I just knew that the Mary O'Brien I met was a very caring and discerning person," she would remark years later. "It was only because of her that I stayed in AA. I didn't like participation events and I didn't like people knowing about my private life. I was an adult woman. I was a problem solver, not giver. Dusty broke through that veneer. If she hadn't I would have been dead years ago."

Helene also once made the insightful comment that "It was the interplay between the child and the woman that was so remarkable about [Dusty]. It many ways it was charming, and in many ways it was damn near fatal."

A few months after Dusty's death from cancer in March 1999, Helene was interviewed for BBC TV's December 1999 documentary Definitely Dusty, in which she shared a number of interesting and insightful experiences of Dusty's "lost years" in California - in particular their time spent at the Wildlife WayStation for abandoned and abused exotic animals.

"If I had to say where [Dusty's] heart was in California," Helene noted, "it would be here [at the Wildlife WayStation]. It was peace and quiet for her [and] . . . one to one rapport with animals . . . was something very special. She would come to get renewed here. She would sit in front of the [wild] cat cages for hours in absolute silence and she would try and mimic their sounds."


Dusty Springfield at the Wildlife WayStation - 1980.

In Definitely Dusty, Helene also shared experiences of Dusty in the recording studio: "When I first knew her she said it gets lonely in the studios and there's always a lot of cocaine and a lot of champaign around and I'd appreciate it if you'd come during rehearsals. And so I did for two and a half albums. She rehearsed from 6 p.m. to until about 4 a.m. which was, in part, why this issue was difficult. But she was used to touring, used to night performances and that's when her voice was ready. So that's what we'd do and I'd sit with ear plugs on and read Scientific America.


DECEMBER 2004
DUSTY TV MOVIE SCRIPT COMPLETED
Simon Bell also reports on his excellent Dusty Devotedly website that the script for the forthcoming British TV movie based on Dusty's life has been completed. Writer Sue Oudot, who has worked for some time on the project, told Simon that "viewers will come out of it thinking what a great talent Dusty was [and] what an awful personal struggle she had." Former Eastenders actress Michelle Collins will play Dusty.

Meanwhile in the US, Tavel-Cameron Productions has taken over from VH1 the development of You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - a feature film about the life and career of Dusty Springfield. Joely Fisher will play the role of Dusty.

For updates on both film projects, check Simon's site - recently declared the "essential Dusty Springfield website" by Britain's Q Magazine.


NOVEMBER 2004
DIANE WARREN PRAISES DUSTY
On November 9, 2004, songwriter Diane Warren was interviewed by ABC Perth radio host Eoin Cameron. Like Eoin (see June 20, 2003 news item below), Diane is a "huge" Dusty Springfield fan: "Oh I love Dusty Springfield, she enthused. "She was probably one of the greatest things in my career when she did two of my songs on her last album". Diane never got to meet her, but "I talked to her on the phone once".

A successful songwriter, Dianne Warren has contributed music to over fifty movies, and has written hit songs that have sold many millions of copies worldwide including Laura Brannigan's "Solitaire," Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time", and Celine Dion's "Because You Love Me." Diane contributed two songs to Dusty Springfield 1995 album, A Very Fine Love - "Wherever Would I Be?" and "Lovin' Proof."


NOVEMBER 2004
THE TOM SPRINGFIELD APPRECIATION GROUP
A member of Dusty HQ has formed a Yahoo group for Dusty's brother, Tom. To access the Tom Springfield Appreciation Group click here.


OCTOBER 2004
DUSTY'S EXPERIENCE OF DAME EDNA NOW ON DVD
As Dame Edna Everage prepares for her Broadway return - November 5 in Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance - BBC Video has released in the US a five-disc "Ednathon," The Dame Edna Experience: The Complete Collection.

The collection features the previously released The Dame Experience: The Complete Series One along with the newly released The Dame Edna Experience: The Complete Series Two and The Dame Edna Experience: The Christmas Specials. Series 2 is a two-disc set that features six programs, boasting interviews with Jane Fonda; Chubby Checker; Magnus Magnusson; Vivienne Westwood; Liza Minnelli; Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; Dolph Lundgren; Edward Heath; Jason Donovan; Lauren Bacall; Tom Jones; Tony Curtis; Grace Jones; Jeffrey Archer; and of course, Dusty Springfield.


Dusty Springfield and Dame Edna Everage - November 12, 1989.

Bonus footage in The Complete Series Two includes Another Audience with Dame Edna, which features Dame Edna fielding questions from her audience; Edna's 1979 performance of "Disco Matilda"; and conversations with Whoopi Goldberg and Edna creator Barry Humphries.

The Christmas Specials features two separate holiday shows: Dame Edna's Christmas Experience (with guests Sir Les Patterson, Lulu, Denis Healy, Roger Moore and The Wells Cathedral Choir) and A Night on Mount Edna (with guests Gina Lollobrigida, Charlton Heston, Mel Gibson and Julio Iglesias). Bonus footage on the holiday set includes the third and final of Edna's audience programs, One More Audience with Dame Edna Everage; and Edna's Christmas address in the BBC special Parkinson at Christmas.

Dubbed Australia's First Lady, Dame Edna is the invention of Barry Humphries, a successful character actor in Europe and Australia as well as an accomplished landscape painter. Some of Humphries' theatrical credits include roles in Waiting for Godot, Oliver! and Maggie May, but his most successful outings have been as Dame Edna, a character he created in 1956. Humphries was given the Order of Australia in 1982 and was endowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University in Australia in 1994.

In the US, The Dame Edna Experience: The Complete Series Two retails for $34.98; The Dame Edna Experience: The Christmas Specials lists for $19.98. The combined package retails for $79.98.


OCTOBER 2004

PAT RHODES INTERVIEW
An interview of Dusty Springfield's longtime friend and secretary, Pat Rhodes, by Sarah Hook, has been added to the Dusty As They Knew Her section of this website. This interview was first published in the March 2004 issue of the Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB), and although DSB retains the copyright of this interview, Paul Howes, editor of the bulletin, has graciously given permission for it to be exclusively published online by Woman of Repute.

I'd like to thank Paul for granting Woman of Repute permission to post this interview. I also wish to acknowledge and thank Sarah Hook for conducting the interview, and Pat Rhodes for her insightful responses.

Michael J. Bayly
October 5, 2004


SEPTEMBER 2004
MIKE GILL REMEMBERED
Woman of Repute recently received the following message from Paul Howes, editor of the Dusty Springfield Bulletin and author of The Complete Dusty Springfield: "There's some very sad news to impart and I wondered whether you could put something on your site. Mike Gill died on 18th September. As you know, Mike has been responsible for overseeing the release of Dusty's back catalogue on CD, going back as far as The Silver Collection in 1988. We all owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for what he's done. He's going to be sorely missed."


SEPTEMBER 2004

CONTINENTAL DUSTY
The Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB) has released another excellent CD. Entitled Continental Dusty, the CD gathers together all of the recordings that Dusty and The Springfields made in non-English languages specifically for overseas markets. Paul Howes, editor of the DSB and the driving force behind this and many other exceptional releases exclusive to DSB subscribers, has once again provided Dusty fans an incredible musical treat. This release is yet another reason for why if you love the music of Dusty Springfield, you should subscribe to the Dusty Springfield Bulletin. For other reasons and to learn how to become a member, click here.

The track listing of Continental Dusty is as follows:

Tu Che Ne Sai (1995 stereo mix) | Di Fronte All' Amore (1995 stereo mix)
Stupido Stupido (1994 stereo mix) | Tanto So Che Poi Mi Passa (1994 stereo mix)
Auf Dich Nur Wart Ich'Immerzu (original mono mix) | Warten Und Hoffen (original mono mix)
Alles Gold Und Alles Silber (mono) | Das Kostet Keinen Pfennig (mono and first time release in the UK and on CD)
Ich Geh' Ohne Ruh' Durch Die Strassen Und Gassen (mono and first time release in the UK and on CD
Sag Mir, Wo Die Blumen Sind (Where Have All The Flowers Gone?) (mono)
Bambino (Petit Enfant Tu Dors) (mono and previously unreleased)
Lève Toi (Breakwawy) (mono and previously unreleased)
Reste Encore Un Instant (original stereo mix - previously unreleased)
Demain Tu Peux Changer (original stereo mix - previously unreleased)
Je Ne Peux Pas T'En Vouloir (original stereo mix - previously unreleased)
L'Été Est Fini (original stereo mix - previously unreleased) | Tanto So Che Poi Mi Passa (mono)
Stupido Stupido (mono) | Tu Che Ne Sai (mono) | Di Fronte All' Amore (mono)


SEPTEMBER 2004

NEW 2 CD COMPILATION RELEASED IN THE UK
September 6 saw the release in the United Kingdom of a 2 CD Dusty Springfield compilation album entitled Classics and Collectibles. This release features 51 tracks including previously unreleased recordings, mono versions, alternate takes, and remixes.

The track listing of Classics and Collectibles is as follows:

DISC 1 - CLASSICS: I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (mono) | All I See Is You (mono)
Summer Is Over (mono) | Losing You (mono) | You Don't Own Me (mono) | All Cried Out (mono)
Some Of Your Lovin' (mono) | I Only Want To Be With You (mono) | Welcome Home
I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten | Goin' Back (mono) | You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (mono)
The Look of Love (mono) | If You Go Away | How Can I Be Sure (mono) Never Love Again | Son Of A Preacher Man
Spooky | It's Over | Broken Blossoms | Beautiful Soul |In The Winter | I Can't Make It Alone
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? | Soft Core

DISC 2 - COLLECTIBLES: They Long To Be Close To You (unedited remix) | Some Of Your Lovin' (mono)
Nothing (mono) | Standing In The Need Of Love (mono) | Heartbeat (unreleased and unedited sixties stereo mix)
I Wish I'd Never Loved You (mono) In The Middle Of Nowhere (mono) | Little By Little (mono)
If Wishes Could Be Kisses (mono) | I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face (mono)
The Corrupt Ones (2004 remix) | Give Me Time (mono) | I Will Come To You
Sweet Ride (stereo soundtrack version) | Goodbye | Sometimes Like Butterflies (7" version)
I'll Be Faithful | I Found My Way | Love Shine Down | Natchez Trace | Sweet Inspiration
Go My Love (originally released as "Goodbye") (UK mix) | I Am Your Child (unreleased alternate vocal mix)
Bits And Pieces | I'm Coming Home Again (7" single remix)
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (alternative take)


SEPTEMBER 2004
ONE YOU MUST OWN . . .
The September 2004 issue of the British music magazine Q featured a list of the "1010 songs you must own." Dusty's 1966 hit, "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," was included in this list. About this particular track, Q notes: "An amazing singer, Dusty, and she seems to have captured so much here--so much depth and feeling--in a really simple, unshowy way, which is the mark of a truly great singer. I love that you can hear all the emotion going on in her voice."


SEPTEMBER 2004
DUSTY INCLUDED IN THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY
The BBC recently reported that almost 55,000 people who have had a major impact on British society are profiled in a new 60-volume book that has taken 12 years to compile. The newly updated Oxford Dictionary of National Biography cost more than £25m and involved 10,000 writers. The new version of the dictionary, which was founded in 1882, costs £7,500 and takes up 12 feet of shelf space. Women make up 10% of the entries--double the previous share--and include Queen Elizabeth I, Dusty Springfield, Linda McCartney and Virginia Woolf, whose father compiled the first edition.

Thanks to David Edge for posting this information via DustyHQ.


JULY 2004
SITE UPDATES
Jerry Wexler's recollections about Dusty and the recording of her landmark Dusty in Memphis album have (finally) been included in the Dusty As They Knew Her section of this website. A beautiful image of Dusty from 1967 has been added to Woman of Repute's opening page, and the recent UK compilation album, The Look of Love (see below), has been added to the UK Discography section.

As I'm sure you're discovering, Woman of Repute is a very extensive site - one that requires a leisurely exploration, perhaps over several visits. Yet however long it may take you to journey through the many pages of this website and thus a re-presentation of the life and career of Dusty Springfield, I hope you will find it an insightful and rewarding experience.


MARCH 2004

NEW COMPILATION RELEASED IN UK
On March 1, 2004 - the day before the fifth anniversary of Dusty's death - Universal Records (UK) released a double CD compilation entitled The Look of Love. The British music magazine Q notes that "[this] 2 CD collection . . . makes a cast-iron case for the late Dusty Springfield as the greatest white soul voice of all. Not just the hits, but a judicious sprinkling of B-sides, album tracks and covers too. A perfect primer."

In its first week of release, The Look Of Love peaked at Number 25 in the U.K. charts. The track listing of this new compilation album is as follows:

DISC ONE: The Look of Love | Brand New Me | Love Me By Name | Goin' Back
Sandra | Breakfast in Bed | Go Easy On Me | I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Second Time Round | I Think It's Gonna Rain Today | That's How Heartaches Are Made | Never Love Again
Something In Your Eyes | All I See Is You | Who (Will Take My Place) | If You Go Away
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? | In The Middle Of Nowhere (Remix)
Let Me Love You Once Before You Go | Son Of A Preacher Man
No Easy Way Down | Daydreaming

DISC TWO: What Have I Done To Deserve This (Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield)
Some Of Your Lovin' | Chained To A Memory | Spooky | Lose Again (Live) | A Love Like Yours
I Only Want To Be With You (Alternative Mix) | Time After Time | This Girl's In Love With You | Welcome Home
I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten | Arrested By You | Just A Little Lovin'| How Can I Be Sure?
You've Got A Friend | (They Long To Be) Close To You | You Set My Dreams To Music
I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love | Losing You | I'll Try Anything | In The Winter
In The Land Of Make Believe | Just One Smile | If It Hadn't Been For You (Remix)
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me


JANUARY 1, 2004

DUSTY DAY 2004
The fifth annual Dusty Day will take place on Sunday, April 18, 2004, at the Henley Rugby Club, Henley-on-Thames. For more information about this very special event - including how to purchase tickets - visit the Dusty Day 2004 website.

This year's event is being organized by Colin Lench and promises to live up to the great Dusty Day tradition which since 2000, has ensured an entertaining and enjoyable day for Dusty fans from all around the world to celebrate the life and music of Dusty Springfield.


NOVEMBER 10, 2003

LATEST ISSUE OF THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD BULLETIN NOW AVAILABLE
A special double issue of The Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB) has recently been received by subscribers of this excellent publication. DSB remains the definitive source of news and information about Dusty and her music, and the latest issue--released on the 40th anniversary of the launch of Dusty's solo career with the November 1963 single, "I Only Want To Be With You"--is yet another great compilation by editor Paul Howes of Dusty-related articles, reviews, photographs, and opinions from around the world. In addition, this special double issue includes a 37-page pictorial retropective of Dusty's entire career.

DSB is an absolute must for any serious admirer of Dusty Springfield and her music. For further information (including how to subscribe), visit the DSB section of this website. Also, last year I interviewed Paul about the history of the Bulletin and his excellent book The Complete Dusty Springfield. This interview can be found here.


OCTOBER 15, 2003

NEW DUSTY RELEASES
October 20 sees the release in the United Kingdom of a new compilation album entitled Dusty Springfield Sings Classic Soul. The tracklisting of this new collection is as follows:

When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes | Needle In A Haystack
Oh No! Not My Baby | Mr Dream Merchant | Don't Forget About Me | Girls It Ain't Easy
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself | Chained To A Memory | Love Power
Can I Get A Witness? | I Had A Talk With My Man | So Much Love | Magic Garden
Brand New Me | Crumbs Off The Table | Long After Tonight Is All Over
I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You | Breakfast In Bed

On October 7, a 3-CD collection was released in the Netherlands entitled The Ultimate Collection. Boasting one of the most elegantly iconic covers of any Dusty compilation, The Ultimate Collection includes the following tracks:

CD 1: Silver Threads and Golden Needles (The Springfields) | I Only Want To Be With You
Wishin' And Hopin' | Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa | Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Stay Awhile | Anyone Who Had A Heart | I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Summer Is Over | Losing You | Your Hurtin' Kind Of Love | That's How Heartaches Are Made
In The Middle Of Nowhere | Some Of Your Lovin' | Goin' Back | All I See Is You
Little By Little | You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
(They Long To Be) Close To You | I'll Try Anything

CD 2: The Look Of Love | Give Me Time | What's It Gonna Be?
This Girl's In Love With You | Take Another Piece Of My Heart | I Will Come To You
Son Of A Preacher Man | The Windmills Of Your Mind | Don't Forget About Me | Just One Smile
Just A Little Lovin' | I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore | A Brand New Me
I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten | Am I The Same Girl? | How Can I Be Sure?
Haunted | Tupelo Honey | Closet Man | You've Really Got A Hold On Me

CD 3: What Have I Done To Deserve This (Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield)
Nothing Has Been Proved | In Private | Reputation | Arrested By You
Wherever Would I Be? (with Daryl Hall) | Roll Away

Meanwhile in the U.S., Flashback Records has released a collection entitled 'Son of A Preacher Man' and Other Hits--a curious title as apart from "Son Of A Preacher Man," few of the disc's other selections were actual hits. The complete tracklist is as follows:

Son Of A Preacher Man | How Can I Be Sure? | Windmills of Your Mind
Lost | Am I The Same Girl? | Brand New Me | Silly Silly Fool
See All Her Faces | Don't Forget About Me | You've Got A Friend

Also in the States, a new book by Warren Zanes focusing on and named after Dusty's landmark 1969 album Dusty in Memphis has been published as part of Continuum Press' 33 1/3 series (ISBN 0826414923). Zane's book is among the first installment in this new series of books. The U.S. music magazine, Rolling Stone, notes that "Each pocket-size paperback is devoted to the making and long-term legacy of a classic rock or pop album"--such as Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Smith's Meat is Murder, and of course, Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis.

Of the latter, Rolling Stone writes, "Warren Zanes, a Ph.D-toting singer-songwriter who played guitar in the Del Fuegos, is so in love with Dusty Springfield's great 1969 adventure in tortured Dixie south that he's willing to jump off the deep end in writing about it. Artfully blending academic citation, personal memoir and pungent commentary from Dusty in Memphis principals such as producer Jerry Wexler, Zanes uses the record as a springboard into the myth and true mysteries of Southern life."


The following description of Zanes' subject matter is taken from his book's inside flap: "The love that is the subject of Dusty in Memphis is different from the love of [Dusty Springfield's] earlier songs: it is a love that is all at once diffuse, dark, unpredictable, ecstatic, and a terrible deal. It is a love too big for the lyrical (and for that matter musical) framework of Dusty's earlier pop productions, no matter the breadth of that work.

"Like Memphis itself, the love that is the subject of Dusty in Memphis is indeed bursting with the contrary: it happens not simply when you yearn for it, as in some adolescent dream, but when you're not prepared for it; it reveals itself not simply under the star-filled skies where a moon hangs low--in fact, as the first and last tracks on side one attest, it might be at its best when the sun's just arriving at work.

"Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield's beautiful and bizarre magnum opus, remains as fine a hybrid of pop and rhythm and blues as has ever been made. In this remarkable book, Warren Zanes explores his own love affair with the record. He digs deep into the album's Memphis roots and talks to several of the key characters who were involved in its creation; many of whom were--like Zanes--outsiders drawn to the American South and mesmerized by its hold over the imagination."

The book's inside flap also has this to say about the author: "Warren Zanes was a member of the Del Fuegos in the 1980s. Since then he has completed a PhD at the University of Rochester, and has recently released his highly acclaimed debut album on Dualtone Records--Memory Girls."

For more information about Dusty's Memphis album, visit the Memphis chapter in this website's extensive biography of Dusty.


SEPTEMBER 17, 2003

DUSTY FEATURED IN NEW JOOLS HOLLAND DVD
Andy Robinson on his excellent website Dusty Springfield: The White Lady of Soul, reports that on October 20 Warner Music Vision will release Later With Jools Holland . . . Giants--a DVD that contains performances of "some of the greatest musicians to grace the stage of BBC2's flagship music show."

Dusty appeared on Later With Jools Holland in June 1995, performing a memorable live rendition of "Where Is A Woman To Go?"--the closing track of what would be her last album A Very Fine Love--with Sinead O'Conner and Alison Moyet providing backing vocals. The DVD will also include an interview of Dusty by Jools Holland.

Contrary to popular belief, this was not Dusty's "last live performance." Later that year Dusty appeared on Michael Ball's televised Christmas special where she sang a duet with him of the Motown classic "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Though the Michael Ball show was not televised live, Dusty was clearing singing "live" on the show and not lip-syncing to a previous recording.

All of Dusty's television appearances throughout 1995-1996--including her appearance on Later With Jools Holland and Michael Ball's Christmas Special--are available on a video that can be purchased exclusively through the Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB).


Alison Moyet, Sinead O'Conner, Dusty Springfield, and Jools Holland - June 1995

Other artists featured on Later With Jools Holland . . . Giants include Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Tom Jones, R.E.M., Johnny Cash, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Robbie Williams, Jeff Beck, Al Green, Paul Weller, and Leonard Cohen.

In the United States, Later With Jools Holland . . . Giants will be released as Later With Jools Holland . . . Legends. For more information about this DVD, visit Andy's website.


AUGUST 7, 2003
WOMAN OF REPUTE CELEBRATES SIXTH ANNIVERSARY
Today, August 7, 2003, marks the sixth anniversary of this website dedicated to the life and music of Dusty Springfield. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have taken the time to contact me over the past six years with comments, suggestions and/or praise for this site.

As I've said before, as one of many who has worked hard to create a website dedicated to Dusty, I believe that all of us Dusty "web-weavers" collectively present to the world a very respectful, creative, and comprehensive tribute to a truly great singer and human being. I am honoured that Woman of Repute is part of this ever-growing tribute.

To celebrate Woman of Repute's sixth anniversary a new series of pages has been added to this site. Entitled The Essential Dusty, these pages offer a guide to Dusty-related CDs, books, videos, and DVDs for those who are just beginning to discover the rich and varied musical legacy of the late, great Dusty Springfield. The Essential Dusty can be found here.


AUGUST 1, 2003
REMEMBERING FOLK-ROCK DUSTY
Browsing through a Minneapolis bookstore recently I came upon a book by Richie Unterberger entitled Turn! Turn! Turn! The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution. Dusty Springfield is mentioned twice in the book.

On page 59, Unterberger notes that a "surprising early-60s act that some folk-rockers view as having helped jump-start the folk-rock connection was a British group, the Springfields. Featuring a young Dusty Springfield, they had an American Top 20 hit in September 1962, more than a year before the British Invasion got underway, with 'Silver Threads and Golden Needles.' They also did versions of folk songs like 'Lonesome Traveler' and 'Allentown Jail' with full band accompaniment, even if the arrangement owed more to middle-of-the-road pop orchestration than rock 'n' roll. Still, says Jerry Yester--then in the Modern Folk Quartet, which would make its leap into folk-rock soon enough--he and Barry McGuire, then in the New Christy Minstrels, would 'listen to that stuff, and it blew our minds. 'Cause we were still flat-out in folk music, and to hear this John Barry[-type] band behind the Springfields . . . we loved it'." Elsewhere in the book, Jackie DeShannon is compared to Dusty--"another genre-jumper who sang folk music early in her career, though--unlike DeShannon--she didn't write many of her own songs."

Turn! Turn! Turn! The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution by Richie Unterberger is published by Backbeat Books, San Francisco.


JULY 28, 2003
DUSTY ON DVD
The PBS special on Dusty entitled Dusty Springfield: Reflections, which airs in the United States in August, will be released on DVD and VHS as My Very Best, Love Dusty in the United Kingdom and as Dusty Springfield: Reflections in both the US and Australia.


From left to right: The Australian, British, and U.S. versions of the first-ever Dusty DVD.

Quantum Leap will release this first ever Dusty DVD in the UK on September 15, while White Star Video will release it in the US and Canada on September 30. In Australia, the DVD will be released by Chaos Music on October 13.

As well as containing the 17 tracks of the PBS broadcast (see June 25 news release below), My Very Best, Love Dusty will also contain a biography and US and UK discographies. Grant Whittingham reports on his excellent website A Girl Called Dusty, that the Australian DVD will also contain two bonus clips--"Upside Down" and "Quiet Please There's A Lady On Stage." Both of these clips are taken from The Tom Jones Show from 1981.

As mentioned above, White Star Video will release Dusty Springfield: Reflections on DVD in the United States on September 16. This DVD will also be available for those who pledge financial support to PBS during its annual August pledge drive. A number of PBS stations--though not all--will air Reflections as part of this pledge drive. For dates and times, US residents should check their local TV guide.

For information about the shared tracklisting of all three versions of this Dusty DVD see the June 25 news release below.


JULY 14, 2003

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD ROSE
Simon Bell, on his excellent website Dusty Devotedly, has reported that the Dusty Springfield Rose has been officially launched at the Hampton Court Garden Show. Singer Michael Ball led proceedings accompanied by Cathy McGowan, former host of Ready, Steady, Go!. For pictures of the Dusty Springfield Rose and information about obtaining it for your own garden, visit Simon's site.


JUNE 25, 2003
PBS TO AIR DUSTY SPECIAL
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the United States will air a Dusty Springfield "special" during its pledge drive in August. Entitled Dusty Springfield . . . Reflections, the show will contain full video performance clips of the following songs:

Wishin' And Hopin'
I Only Want To Be With You
Losing You
What's It Gonna Be?
I Think It's Going To Rain Today
Son Of A Preacher Man
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Brand New Me
I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten
Since I Fell For You
How Can I Be Sure?
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (a duet with Engelbert Humperdinck)
Spooky
I Wanna Be A Free Girl
Lost
People Get Ready
The Look of Love
Closing Credits/Wishin' And Hopin' (Audio only)

The clips come from variety of sources, mainly ITC and the 1971 Dutch Just Dusty TV special, but also from the Ed Sullivan, Rod McKuen and Bobby Darin TV shows of the late '60s. The songs are interspersed with Dusty interview clips and commentaries by Petula Clark and B.J. Thomas.

A VHS and DVD are planned for commercial release in the US later in the year, although it will be available exclusively from PBS for a few months after it premieres in August on various stations in the US. There's a possibility that the video/DVD may come out in other countries.

Thanks to Paul Howes of The Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DBS) for this information.


JUNE 20, 2003
AUSTRALIAN RADIO STATION LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL DUSTY DAY
The following article entitled "Dusty Day No Longer A Joke," was published yesterday in the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper:

A Perth radio presenter who loves the music of Dusty Springfield is winning global recognition for his declaration of next Friday as International Dusty Day. ABC breakfast presenter and former federal Liberal MP Eoin Cameron's tribute to the British singer, who died in 1999, began as a joke. But now the official Dusty Springfield fan club in the UK has sanctioned the event and "talent" is lining up to talk.

ABC will webcast the show so fans worldwide can tune in next Friday [June 27] to Cameron's program, which will play only Dusty Springfield music and speak to her friends and colleagues. The program will broadcast from a caravan outside the ABC studios on Perth's main street, with motorists encouraged to "honk if they love Dusty"

Cameron said he routinely copped flak for his love of Springfield, and said he had initially thought of the tribute as a tongue-in-cheek way for his ABC colleagues to show the singer some respect. "She assisted me through puberty," the 52-year-old Cameron joked today. "I've just loved her for years and I've got everything she ever recorded. It's a bit of a standing joke around here about my love of Dusty Springfield. They mock me whenever I play another record, so I just said 'there's a lack of respect, especially with the ABC, so I'm declaring International Dusty Day'."

Producer Brad McCahon has lined up Springfield's manager Vicki Wickham and the star's former neighbour June Larkworthy. Cameron will also speak to Australian singer/actor Wendy Stapleton, who toured as Springfield in a musical tribute to the singer for eight years, and Keith Potger from The Seekers. Dusty's brother Tom Springfield wrote many of The Seekers' early hits. Springfield friend Gerry Marsden from Gerry and the Pacemakers is also on the list for Cameron to interview.

Dusty Springfield died of cancer on March 2, 1999. She was 59. Cameron said there was no significance in the June 27 date for his program.

(Thanks to Greg for posting this article on the DustyHQ listserve)


MAY 2003
DUSTY FORUMS ON THE WEB
The long-running Dustymail listserve has recently closed. Initiated and moderated for several years by Grant Whittingham, creator of the excellent website A Girl Called Dusty, Dustymail provided fans a vital and popular forum to talk about all manner of things Dusty-related. A new mailing list called DustyHQ was launched on May 29 and aims to be "an active group celebrating Britain's greatest female pop singer and one of the most distinctive voices of all time." At DustyHQ you will "find messages on re-releases and favourite tracks, be able to vote in polls (updated regularly) and download rare live music files." To date the group has over 70 members.

There are also a number of Dusty Springfield discussion boards on the Internet including Dusty Community Board, Dustification, and For the Love of Dusty Springfield.


APRIL 2003

LATEST ISSUE OF THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD BULLETIN NOW AVAILABLE
Issue 49 of the Dusty Springfield Bulletin (DSB) has recently been received by subscribers. DSB remains the definitive source of news and information about Dusty and her music, and the latest issue is yet another great compilation by editor Paul Howes of Dusty-related articles, reviews, photographs, and opinions from around the world. For further information about this great publication (including how to subscribe), check out the DSB section of this website. Last year I interviewed Paul about the history of the Bulletin and his excellent book The Complete Dusty Springfield. This interview can be found here.


MARCH 2003
BROKEN BLOSSOMS (ON THE FIELD OF WAR)
In late-March, at the height of the US invasion of Iraq, National Public Radio (NPR) in the US devoted time to a discussion on musicians and artists who have used their music to speak out against war. Dusty's haunting 1967 ballad "Broken Blossoms" was discussed during this conversation. Ironically, "Broken Blossoms" is one of the few Dusty Springfield recordings from her 1960s heyday that remains unreleased in the US.

BROKEN BLOSSOMS
(Adapt. T. Springfield/Gray)

I walk where once the grass was green
And mourn the lark that sings no more.
What bird could sing whose eyes have seen
Broken blossoms on the field of war?

And as they lie there in the sun
How unimportant now it seems.
Just who has lost and who has won
When with them have died so many dreams.

They dreamed that endless hate would end
Unceasing fear, one day, would cease.
They dreamed that foe would turn to friend
And eternal war would turn to peace.

But who can say how many more
Will join these young and hopeful men?
In fields they've never seen before
Far from fields they'll never see again.


January 28, 2003
DUSTY DAY 2003
The annual Dusty Day celebration in the United Kingdom is set to take place in Henley-on-Thames on Sunday, April 13. For more information about Dusty Day--including venue, ticket price, and special guests--check out the official Dusty Day website.


BACK

1998 NEWS | 1999 NEWS | 2000 NEWS | 2001 NEWS | 2002 NEWS | 2003 NEWS



CONTENTS PAGE
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: AN INTRODUCTION
EARLY SUCCESS | SIXTIES ICON | DIFFICULT | TROUBLE MAKER | AMERICA
MEMPHIS | PHILADELPHIA SOUL | WILDERNESS YEARS | IT BEGINS AGAIN?
WHITE HEAT | PET SHOP BOYS | REPUTATION | NASHVILLE | THE VOICE
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
ARTICLES | REVIEWS
RELATED SITES