Fuck Yeah !
“One Step At A Time”
By Madeline Bell (backing singers Dusty Springfield, Roberta Flack and Juanita Bell)
Aretha Franklin- It Won’t Be Long (Shindig! 1964)
The similarities between Aretha & Dusty Springfield’s performances are insane. They always said Dusty could ‘mimic’ anything; her black influences are very blatant here. She will forever be the White Queen of Soul, right there beside Aretha.
Dusty Springfield- Love Shine Down (1971)
First US Release: Dusty In Memphis De Luxe Edition, 16 February 1999
First UK Release: Classics & Collectibles, 6 September 2004
‘Love Shine Down’ is a Jeff Barry-produced track from what was to have been Dusty’s third Atlantic album. On this recording Barry showcases the gospel/soul timbre of Dusty’s voice. The song starts off very low-key, with subdued piano, strings and vocal, but then opens up with a spirited call and response between Dusty and the background singers. From there on Dusty is in full flight. It’s another gem that lay undiscovered for far too long.
You heard it guys, SOUL. Beautiful soul.
Dusty Springfield and Madeline Bell
Radio England party, Hilton Hotel London
For Bankstown the connection is extraordinary. The company has secured the services of choreographer Ronne Arnold, who actually worked with Dusty Springfield during her many visits to Australia in the 1960s.
Ronne first met the Dusty in 1964, when he was choreographer and director at the Chequers Theatre Restaurant in Sydney, where she performed for four weeks. They worked together again in the late 60s at the Sydney Chevron Hotel.
Ronne remembers his time working with the singer fondly.
“As a performer Dusty was warm, funny and wonderful. She had a unique quality of wit and charm that endeared her to all who saw her performances,” said Ronne.
“She had a beautiful childlike appeal with a deep sense of adult drama and understanding of human desires, feelings and disappointments. She was a teller of stories that took you on a journey of life. All her songs had a message and she interpreted them with ease and passion.”
Dusty Springfield- Up On The Roof (Live)
In 1970, before Tapestry took the music world by storm, Carole King released her first album Writer. The album closes with a gentle version of ‘Up On The Roof’, which in it’s original up-tempo form, had been a UK hit for Kenny Lynch and a Stateside hit for The Drifters in 1962.
Dusty lifted several songs from King’s first two albums, including their arrangements, but interpreted none more successfully than this one.
Dusty Springfield - Let Me Get In Your Way