Dusty Said: You Didn't Need To

Dusty Springfield had a series of hits in the 60's, her big voice sounded great on the radio. Here's John Hale to talk about one of her biggest hits. "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me." -- TDR

Back in 1965, British songstress Dusty Springfield attended an Italian music festival, where she heard a song that moved her to tears, despite the fact that she couldn't understand a single word of the song. She filed the song away for future reference, and a year later, after English language words were written for the song by Vicki Wickham, who produced the hit British TV music show Ready, Steady, Go and Simon Napier-Bell, who managed The Yardbirds, Springfield recorded it herself. The song? "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," and to say that it was a success would be an understatement.

It became Dusty Springfield's most successful hit, climbing to number four on Billboard's Hot 100 music chart, going Number One in her native England, and becoming a Top Ten hit half a decade later for Elvis Presley. Dusty Springfield was far and away the most soulful singer to come over from England, and "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" is one prime example of why.

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