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The Rock-itt : July 2012
I was lucky to see Dusty Springfield when she came to Australia on a tour. She was appearing at a nightclub called Chequers in the city and because she was my favourite female singer of that period, I had to see her in person as I had only ever heard her records and seen her on television. She was amazing! Her voice was perfect and so was her appearance. She blew me away and although that night was around forty five years ago it has stayed vividly in my memory as though it were yesterday. Dusty Springfield was born on the 16th April 1939 in a suburb of London. She didn't have a very happy childhood as she always felt like she had to compete with her brother Dion for her parents' attention but nevertheless she was ever the optimist. She was loved at her Catholic school for her fabulous sense of humour and she was always smiling, joking around and laughing. She primarily wanted to become an actress, but seeing as there were many of them around, decided to be the next best thing, a singer. Her first taste of the world of music was in a band called ‘The Lana Sisters’ but they did not become famous. Then Dusty joined her brother's band, ‘The Springfields’, which she left in 1963 to pursue a solo career of her own. Dusty's first solo single, ‘I Only Want to Be With You’, was released in 1963. She had many hits in both the UK and the USA in the 1960s; she had become very popular, receiving a lot of attention and fame all at once. This seemed to have taken its toll on Dusty, as in the 1970s she relocated to Am erica as her record sales fell and she was very insecure. This was a dark time in her life but she still made records like the good old days. However, she was not satisfied with them and they did not sell well. This was partly due to the record company's lack of promotion. But Dusty was disappointed by it nevertheless. In 1987, Dusty stormed back into the charts with ‘What Have I Done to Deserve This’, a collaboration she did with Pet Shop Boys’ 1990's album, ‘Reputation’, which was a well deserved success. It showed that Dusty could come out of her dark times sounding as good as ever. Dusty Springfield died on 2nd March 1999 of breast cancer. She fought it for a long time, in a courageous and admirable manner, but inevitably the cancer beat her in the end. However, she will always be remembered, not only by those who knew her, but by the millions of people around the world with whom she touched with her music. Dusty gave a lot of herself to make people happy, using her great gifts, that of her voice and her magnetic attraction when she appeared in front of an audience. The night I saw her live on stage at Chequers will stay with me forever like an etching with indelible ink. Fortunately, Dusty left a legacy and that is a collection of her wonderful music which, no doubt will go on keeping people happy. Next month we move out of the 60s and forward into the 70s with more on ‘The History of Rock’. Pete WHERE TO GET THE ROCK-ITT Calabria Club Manly Vale, Warringah Mall, Medical Centre Warringah Mall, HCF Dental Warringah Mall, HCF Eyecare Warringah Mall, , Cash Traders Dee Why, BSW Bottle Shop Newport, Terry Hills Tavern Mona Vale Rd Terrey Hills, Time & Tide Hotel Campbell Ave Dee Why, Newport Arms Hotel, Old Manly Boatshed The Corso. Yo Yos Youth Club Forest Way, Subway Avalon, Subway Skyline Shops, Parkway Hotel Frenchs Forest, Mona Vale Hotel Old Barrenjoey Rd, Curl Curl BSW Bottle Shop , Fishos Raglan St Manly, Warriewood Square, Eco-Spray Car Wash Cafe, Beacon Hill, Pie Shop Terrey Hills Shops, Coffee Shop Terrey Hills Shops, The Beach Club Collaroy, George the Barber, Roger St Brookvale, (George also keeps back issues) JB Hi-Fi W, Mall. This Month: The Last In the series of The British Invasion with Dusty Springfield and Donovan Leitch Dusty in the Early Sixties The Quintessential Dusty The Springfield’s Silver Threads and G olden Needles Dusty with composer Burt Bacharach Dusty with Brian Epst ein Sleep peacefully Dusty