Dusty Springfield, born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. She was given the nickname "Dusty" for playing football with boys as a youngster and was described as a tomboy. With her distinctive mezzo-soprano sound she was an important singer of blue-eyed soul, and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with 6 Top 20 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 and 16 on the UK Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989. She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame. As a fan of US soul music, she brought many little-known soul singers to the attention of a wider UK record-buying audience by hosting the first national TV performance of many top-selling Motown artists beginning in 1965. Although she was never considered a Northern Soul artist in her own right, her efforts contributed a great deal to the formation of the genre. She was the first UK singer to top the New Musical Express readers' poll for Female Singer.
To boost her credibility as a soul artist, she went to Memphis to record Dusty In Memphis, an album of pop and soul music, with the Atlantic Records production team. Released in 1969, it has been ranked among the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone, NME readers, and in polls by VH1 artists. The album was also awarded a spot in the Grammy® Hall Of Fame. Despite its recognition, the album did not sell well upon release. After the album was released, Dusty relocated to America where she experienced a career slump for several years. However, in collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys, she returned to the Top 10 of the UK and US charts in 1987 with "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" Two Years later she had two other UK hits on her own with "Nothing Has Been Proved" and "In Private." In the mid-1990s, owing to the inclusion of "Son Of A Preacher Man" on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, interest in her early output was revived. As a Cornerstone title, ROG is reissuing this classic and expanding it to include a second LP of bonus tracks making their debut on vinyl.
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