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Dusty Springfield's Greatest Hit

June 2, 2015

Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien was born in 1939 in England, about the time that World War II was breaking out. Don't recognize that name? Perhaps you know her better by her professional stage name, Dusty Springfield.

 

She was part of Britain's burgeoning folk music scene in the early sixties, and with the group the Springfields, scored a big hit in the early days of the British Invasion of the American music charts with Silver Threads And Golden Needles. Springfield left the group shortly after for a solo career, and she enjoyed a string of top forty hits through the sixties. One of Dusty Springfield's biggest hits came, in a roundabout way, when soul legend Aretha Franklin was offered the first shot at the song, and said no, she didn't think "Son Of A Preacherman" was suitable for her.

 

Dusty Springfield was glad to get the chance to record it, and it paid off for her with a top ten song in the latter days of the sixties. This is the extremely soulful Dusty Springfield.

 

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