Pop-soul icon Dusty Springfield was born on this day in 1939 in West Hampstead, North London, England.
As you all know, Dusty Springfield has an epic musical legacy. She is one of the greatest pop singers of all time. She was also the queen of British blue-eyed soul singers. Often times, her music transcended musical categories. She was also a glamourous, gorgeous diva. Her incredible success and popularity make it all the more unlikely that this legend would publicly come out as early as 1970. It's such an incredibly brave act, something to be deeply admired.
Dusty is probably best remembered for the way she could reach out and caress her listeners through her delicate ballads. And it's true, nobody could do that quite like Dusty, BUT she could also wail when she wanted to. It's unfortunate and disappointing that so few of her soul stompers made it to 45. I guess they just didn't want to market her that way, or perhaps they didn't have faith in the public buying that side of her. Whatever the reason, we sure did miss out.
Her version of "Can I Get A Witness" is a killer floor-filler. It could have been a SOLID GOLD hit! It took me years to find it on a 7" but it became an instant Sugar Town classic upon the first spin.
Happy Birthday Dusty and thank you for your legacy.
DJ Action Slacks
I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!