Today would have been the 75th birthday of Dusty Springfield.
The much-loved pop singer was born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien in West Hampstead, London on April 16, 1939.
After a stint fronting folk trio the Springfields, she launched a solo career in 1963 and enjoyed a run of hits with songs including I Only Wanna Be With You
, I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself
and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
, which reached number one on the UK singles chart.
Her 1969 album Dusty in Memphis
, which she recorded with the era's top ensemble of US session musicians, was a flop upon its release but is now considered one of the greatest pop albums of all time. It yielded another of the singer's signature hits, Son of a Preacher Man
Springfield's career faded in the 1970s as she battled drink and drug addiction, but she scored a major comeback hit in 1987 when she teamed up with the Pet Shop Boys for What Have I Done to Deserve This
, which reached number two in both the UK and US.
She then notched up two more UK top 20 hits with the Pet Shop Boys-penned songs In Private
and Nothing Has Been Proved
Springfield released her final studio album, A Very Fine Love
, in 1995. Following a battle with breast cancer, she died in Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire on March 2, 1999.
During a 1970 newspaper interview, Springfield famously said, "I know I'm perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy" - a bold statement for the era. She went on to have several long-term relationships with women.
Watch a classic TV performance of In Private
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