show – which was produced by Wickham – called The Sound of Motown. Her mother Kay was born in Dublin, and grew up in Tralee, and Dusty’s grandfather, Maurice Patrick Ryle was a prominent journalist who edited the Irish Independent and Evening Herald in the 1920s. [135], Various films and stage musicals have been created or proposed to commemorate her life. AN IRISH woman facing her first Christmas without her husband and children has urged people to cherish their time with loved ones. Dusty Springfield would have turned 80 in 2019, and with a movie based on her life on the way, here are her best ever songs from 'Son of a Preacher Man' to 'The Look of Love'. Dusty Springfield’s biography has been revised and re-released two decades after the famous British singer’s death. 1 professional tennis player.King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women's doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. [43], Dusty Springfield is a cultural icon of the Swinging Sixties where she "was an instantly recognisable celebrity". Dusty Springfield was an enormous cat lover. [52], Carole King, a songwriter whose material Springfield had frequently recorded, had embarked on a solo singing career by 1968. She left behind her twelve year old pet cat, Nicholas. 22. The album peaked in the UK top 50 and was well received by critics. 13 hit "I'll Try Anything", was broadcast in 1967. [121][122] In that same year, in the documentary, Dusty Springfield: Full Circle, guests of her 1965 Sound of Motown show credited Springfield's efforts with popularising US soul music in the UK.[123][124]. [44][45] Its English version, "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me", featured lyrics newly written by Springfield's friend Vicki Wickham and her future manager, Simon Napier-Bell. Springfield was never reported to be in a heterosexual relationship, and this meant that the issue of her sexual orientation was raised frequently during her life. [3] Partly owing to these efforts, a year later she became the best-selling female singer in the world and topped a number of popularity polls, including Melody Maker's Best International Vocalist. [98] Springfield recorded a duet with B. J. Thomas, "As Long as We Got Each Other," which was used as the opening theme for the US sitcom Growing Pains in season 4 (1988–89). 2 in the UK. On 3 December 1979, she performed a charity concert for a full house at the Royal Albert Hall, in the presence of Princess Margaret. 48 on New York's WABC radio Top 100 for 1964. "[40] In 1964, Springfield recorded two Burt Bacharach-Hal David songs: "Wishin' and Hopin' " – a US Top 10 hit[31] – and the emotional "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself",[34] which reached No. [26][27] It was produced by Johnny Franz in a manner similar to Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound",[28] and included rhythm-and-blues features such as horn sections, backing singers, and double-tracked vocals, along with pop music strings, all in the style of girl groups that Springfield admired, such as the Exciters (whose version of "Tell Him" had inspired her to adopt a style oriented more towards rhythm-and-blues) and the Shirelles. [138] In 1970 US jazz singer-pianist, Blossom Dearie, recorded a tribute song, "Dusty Springfield", on her album, That's Just the Way I Want to Be – it was co-written by Dearie, Tanega (Springfield's then-partner) and Jim Council. Directed by Robert Mulligan. Matt also added at the time: "The only other Dusty I know is Dusty Springfield. From late 1972 to 1978, Springfield had an "off and on" domestic relationship with Faye Harris, an American 10 on the UK, US and international singles charts. In the 1960s she had a hit with the single "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog" and wrote songs for Dusty Springfield and other prominent musicians. [120], The Philips Record company's studio was slated as "an extremely dead studio", where it felt as though it had turned the treble down: "There was no ambience and it was like singing in a padded cell. 'I Only Want To Be With You' was a hit for Dusty Springfield in 1963 and it helped to launch her career, reaching No.4 in the UK charts. [30] In November its follow-up, the upbeat "In Private", also written and produced by Pet Shop Boys, peaked at No. [88] She sang backing vocals with her friend Madeline Bell on two tracks on Elton John's 1971 hit album Tumbleweed Connection. Anchored by one of Springfield's biggest hits, "Son of a Preacher Man," it climbed to No. There, standing on the staircase at Philips studio, singing into the stairwell, Dusty gave her greatest ever performance – perfection from first breath to last, as great as anything by Aretha Franklin or Sinatra or Pavarotti. [102] Wexler declared, "[h]er particular hallmark was a haunting sexual vulnerability in her voice, and she may have had the most impeccable intonation of any singer I ever heard". 77 among 'The 100 Best Singles of the Last 25 Years' in 1987. [70][71], The album Dusty in Memphis received excellent reviews on its initial releases both in the UK and US. [10] Springfield's elder brother, Dionysius P. A. O'Brien (born 2 July 1934), was later known as Tom Springfield. [30] The chart hits "Stay Awhile", "All Cried Out", and "Losing You" followed the same year. Influenced by US pop music,[93] Dusty Springfield created a distinctive blue-eyed soul sound. 61 in the UK. [16] In the 1970s and early 1980s, Springfield's alcoholism and drug addiction affected her musical career. Norma Cecilia Tanega (January 30, 1939 - December 29, 2019) was an American folk and pop singer-songwriter, painter, and experimental musician. [99] Springfield's next album, provisionally titled Dusty in Nashville, was started in 1993 with producer, Tom Shapiro, but was issued as A Very Fine Love in June 1995. [49][112] Later, a considerable number of critics observed that she sounded black and American or made a point of saying she did not. It was included on Simply Dusty (2000), an anthology that she had helped plan. [30] In November 1968, a similar fate befell Dusty... Definitely,[37][60] which was not issued in the US, though it reached the UK top 30. [116] Quentin Tarantino caused a revival of interest in her music in 1994 by including "Son of a Preacher Man" on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, which sold over three million copies. Springfield recorded the Bacharach-David composition "The Look of Love" for the James Bond parody film Casino Royale. Terms of use | [24], Springfield left the band after their final concert in October 1963. [58] "The Look of Love" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song of 1967. Dusty Springfield was an English singer who was born on April 16, 1939. [37][60] That same year Springfield had a UK No. Dusty in Memphis was a tremendous success. Nov 12, 2013 - Explore Meagan Ratliff's board "Dusty Springfield ", followed by 240 people on Pinterest. [40][53] Bell was a regular backing singer on early Springfield albums, and the pair co-wrote "I'm Gonna Leave You" with Lesley Duncan,[54] which appeared as the B-side of "Goin' Back". [16] She listened to a wide range of music, including George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller. Choreographer: Ruth Pearson. Dusty Springfield. [2] She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame. The soul singer 'married' her lesbian lover in a secret ceremony 23 years ago. [11] Springfield's father, who had been raised in British India, worked as a tax accountant and consultant. special and enlisted Springfield to host it. The soundtrack version was released on 29 January 1967, the single version on 14 April. [37] Among the tracks were "Mama Said", "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes", "You Don't Own Me", and "Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa". [86] The album and related singles only sold moderately,[87] and Springfield was unhappy with both her management and record company. [71][120] Springfield would end up recording in the ladies' toilets for the superior acoustics. Dusty Springfield - Biography. However, the recording sessions were abandoned, although part of the material, including tentative and incomplete vocals, was issued on the 2001 posthumous compilation Beautiful Soul. In 1958 she joined her first professional group, The Lana Sisters, and two years later formed a pop-folk vocal trio, The Springfields, with her brother Tom Springfield, and Tim Feild. [150] In 1981 she had a six-month love affair with singer-musician Carole Pope of the rock band Rough Trade. The trio chose their name while rehearsing in a field in Somerset in the springtime, and took the stage names of Dusty, Tom, and Tim Springfield. When she returned to England a few months later, her physicians diagnosed her with breast cancer. [68] During extensive vocal sessions, she repeatedly recorded short phrases and single words. "Dusty was ahead of her time in many ways and inspired so many future artists. Springfield, who is best known for her landmark 1969 album Dusty in Memphis, was diagnosed with the disease in 1994, shortly before the release of her last album, A Very Fine Love. 35 on the Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". 6 on the UK chart.[30]. Despite stiff competition from the musical peers of her ’60s heyday — Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Cilla Black — she always stood out. Starring Dusty Springfield with special guest Dr. Murray Banks introduced by Valentine Dyall. [110] Allmusic's Jason Ankeny described her as: [T]he finest white soul singer of her era, a performer of remarkable emotional resonance whose body of work spans the decades and their attendant musical transformations with a consistency and purity unmatched by any of her contemporaries; though a camp icon of glamorous excess in her towering beehive hairdo and panda-eye black mascara, the sultry intimacy and heartbreaking urgency of [her] voice transcended image and fashion, embracing everything from lushly orchestrated pop to gritty R&B to disco with unparalleled sophistication and depth. They were popular in Britain in the 1960s and had a hit in the US, "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" in 1962. At first she felt anxious when compared with the soul greats who had recorded in the same studios. The local music that Springfield heard during this visit, in particular "Tell Him", helped turn her style from folk and country towards pop music rooted in rhythm and blues. With Sally Field, James Caan, Jeff Bridges, Paul Dooley. [30] Her 1979 album, Living Without Your Love, did not reach the top 50. Her father would tap out rhythms on the back of her hand and encourage her to guess the musical piece. [37] The comparatively progressive album Where Am I Going? [34][92] In the mid-1970s she sang background vocals on Elton John's album Caribou (June 1974), including his single "The Bitch Is Back"; and on Anne Murray's album Together (November 1975). By 1974 Springfield had put her solo musical career on hold to live as a recluse in the US and avoid scrutiny by UK tabloids. She died on the day that she would otherwise have collected her award from the Palace. [31] The music press considers her an iconic figure of the Swinging Sixties. [22][74] However, by 2001, the album had received the Grammy Hall of Fame award, and was listed among the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone,[69] and in polls by VH1 artists, New Musical Express readers, and Channel 4 viewers. The cut version can be heard in the fifth episode of the show. However, in collaboration with Pet Shop Boys, she returned to the Top 10 of the UK and US charts in 1987 with "What Have I Done to Deserve This?". [5][23] Her album Dusty in Memphis has been listed among the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone and in polls by VH1 artists, New Musical Express readers, and the Channel 4 viewers,[6] and in 2001, received the Grammy Hall of Fame award. To boost her credibility as a soul artist, Springfield went to Memphis, Tennessee, to record Dusty in Memphis, an album of pop and soul music with the Atlantic Records main production team. 3 on the Swiss charts. I know I'm perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy. Springfield returned to the studio with Pet Shop Boys, who produced her recording of their song "Nothing Has Been Proved", commissioned for the soundtrack of the 1989 drama film Scandal. Dusty Springfield and Shirley Bassey had an encounter in 1967.. About. [38][39] However, Springfield declared: "I don't really see myself as a songwriter. [55][57] For "one of the slowest-tempo hits" of the sixties, Bacharach created a "sultry" feel by the use of "minor-seventh and major-seventh chord changes", while Hal David's lyrics "epitomized longing and, yes, lust. Dusty Springfield was born with the name Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, but she changed it after joining a folk band with her brother and calling themselves the Springfields. Nine regular weekly episodes and followed by a Christmas special, The musical world of Dusty Springfield with special guests the, The musical world of Dusty Springfield with special guest, The musical world of Dusty Springfield with special guests. As a fan of US soul music, she brought many little-known soul singers to the attention of a wider UK record-buying audience by hosting the first national TV performance of many top-selling Motown artists beginning in 1965. [116] Springfield instructed UK backup musicians to capture the spirit of US musicians and copy their instrumental playing styles. [90] In 1973, Springfield recorded the theme song for the TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, which was used for two of its film-length episodes: "Wine, Women & War" and "The Solid Gold Kidnapping". Dusty Springfield was the presenter or host of several TV musical series: Produced by Stanley Dorfman. Springfield was born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien on 16 April 1939 in West Hampstead,[9] the second child of Gerard Anthony "OB" O'Brien (1904–1979) and Catherine Anne "Kay" O'Brien (née Ryle; 1900–1974), both of Irish descent. It was announced by BBC TV that the greatest female artist to ever come out of Britain died March 2, 1999. In 1987, she accepted an invitation from Pet Shop Boys to duet with their lead singer, Neil Tennant, on the single "What Have I Done to Deserve This?". 240. [47] The song, which Springfield called "good old schmaltz",[46] was voted among the All Time Top 100 Songs by the listeners of BBC Radio 2 in 1999. She's about to marry an egyptologist there. The catchphrase is: I can't love a man. [34][69], In November during the Memphis sessions, Springfield suggested to Wexler (one of the heads of Atlantic Records) that he should sign the newly formed UK band Led Zeppelin. "[73] She had a finely tuned musical ear and extraordinary control of tone. Dusty Springfield 20 years on: Remembering the British soul star who defined a decade. [85] In January 1970 her second and final album on Atlantic Records, A Brand New Me (re-titled as From Dusty... With Love in the UK), was released; it featured tracks written and produced by Gamble and Huff. Dusty Springfield returns to the scene of her recent cabaret triumph. Her image, supported by a peroxide blonde bouffant hairstyle, evening gowns, and heavy make-up, as well as her flamboyant performances, made her an icon of the Swinging Sixties.[3]. [144], Some of Springfield's biographers and journalists have speculated that she had two personalities: shy, quiet, Mary O'Brien, and the public face she had created as Dusty Springfield. [30] In August and September 1966, she hosted Dusty, a six-part music-and-talk-show weekly BBC TV series. [75] It reached No. "Something in Your Eyes" was featured on Carpenter's first solo album Time (October 1987); released as a single, it became a US No. Dusty Springfield was born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien in West Hampstead, London on April 16, 1939 and was an English singer, songwriter and record producer. [114] Greil Marcus of Rolling Stone captured Springfield's technique as "a soft, sensual box (voice) that allowed her to combine syllables until they turned into pure cream. Musical Director: Johnny Pearson. [133] In 2008, Dusty appeared at No. Springfield borrowed elements of her look from blonde glamour queens such as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve and pasted them together according to her own taste. Lacey and Matt married in Ibiza back in 2017 . That part wasn’t particularly shocking—she’s one of the great gay icons, though I assumed it was more due to her drag-ready femininity. Copyright 2000 Gale, Cengage Learning. With Kim, they welcomed a son Alex in 1987. Released as a single in February 1989, it gave Springfield her fifteenth UK Top 20 hit. 4 hit with "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten",[30] which was written by Clive Westlake. [93] She was voted the Top Female Singer (UK) by the readers of the New Musical Express in 1964 to 1966 and Top Female Singer in 1965 to 1967 and 1969. For image, hairstyle and make-up, see Smith. Born in West Hampstead in London to a family that enjoyed music, Springfield learned to sing at home. [110] She was hospitalised several times for self-harm by cutting herself, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[22][147]. Released in 1969, it has been ranked among the greatest albums of all time by the US magazine Rolling Stone and in polls by VH1 artists, New Musical Express readers, and Channel 4 viewers. [30] She capitalised on this by recording the 1990 album Reputation, her third UK Top 20 studio album. The production starred Kirsten Holly Smith as Springfield. [22], During periods of psychological and professional instability, Springfield's involvement in some intimate relationships, influenced by addiction, resulted in episodes of personal injury. 3 on the UK chart. Privacy policy | [148] From mid-1966 to the early 1970s Springfield lived in a domestic partnership with fellow singer Norma Tanega. Produced by ATV. [13], She was brought up in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire until the early 1950s, and later lived in Ealing. [30] The second, "Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees", released in January 1980, was Springfield's final single for Mercury Records; she had been with them for nearly 20 years. [43] During the competition, she heard the song "Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te)" performed by one of its composers Pino Donaggio and separately by US country music singer Jody Miller. Series Guests: The Breakaways, Kiki Dee, Donovan, Georgie Fame, Julie Felix, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Manfred Mann, The Mike Sammes Singers, Abi Ofarim, Malcolm Roberts, Des Ryan, David Snell, The Spinners, Tom Springfield, The Tremeloes, Trio Athénée, Scott Walker, Roger Webb. [106], Her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame occurred two weeks after her death. [19] The following year Springfield responded to an advertisement in The Stage to join The Lana Sisters, an "established sister act", with Iris 'Riss' Long (aka Riss Lana, Riss Chantelle) and Lynne Abrams (not actually sisters). [34][41] Her contract specifically excluded segregated performances, making her one of the first British artists to do so. In 1988 a new compilation, The Silver Collection, was issued. [104] By mid-1996, the cancer had returned, and despite vigorous treatments, she died in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire[105] on 2 March 1999. [30][52] It attracted a healthy audience, but the series did not keep up with changes in pop music. photojournalist. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: Faithful. Broadcast Thursdays on BBC1 at 9:00 pm (Except Episode 4 at 9:05 pm), Produced by Stanley Dorfman. [23] Of the female singers of the British Invasion, Springfield made one of the biggest impressions on the US market,[2] scoring 18 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1970 including six in the top 20. https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Secret+lesbian+marriage+that+destroyed+Dusty%3b+Star+landed+in+hospital...-a065005189. Lynne's album received critical acclaim, charted at number 41 on the US Billboard Charts and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical). Springfield was popular in Europe and performed at the Sanremo Music Festival. Repeated multiple times on BBC Choice and BBC Three. [94] The pair had separated within two years. [43] Her entries at the Sanremo festival were "Tu che ne sai" and "Di fronte all'amore" ("I Will Always Want You"). So let’s talk about love, with which the name Dusty Springfield is practically synonymous, and, well, Dusty. [51] In 1966 Springfield released three additional UK Top 20 hits: "Little By Little" and two dramatic ballads – "Goin' Back", written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and "All I See Is You", written by Ben Weisman and Clive Westlake – the latter of which also reached the US Top 20. 2 on both the US and UK charts. I just don't get any good ideas and the ones I do get are pinched from other records. [6], In November 1968 the lead single from the album, "Son of a Preacher Man", was issued. 12. The ghost of a dead husband haunts his wife as she moves back to their house in NYC. [141] In 2012, a biographical jukebox musical titled Forever Dusty opened Off-Broadway in New York City at New World Stages. [30] The B-side of "Stay Awhile" featured another self-penned track, "Somethin' Special", which AllMusic's Richie Unterberger described as "a first-rate Springfield original". In 2004, the song made the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[80] at No. [16][17][18] A fan of American jazz and the vocalists Peggy Lee and Jo Stafford, she wished to sound like them. [42] The album peaked at No. [91] Her second ABC Dunhill album was given the working title Elements and was then scheduled for release in late 1974 as Longing. [96] She also appeared on the promotional video. [136] Universal Pictures scheduled another biopic with The West Wing's Kristin Chenoweth in the starring role,[136][137] however, according to Chenoweth, in January 2012, "[w]e had a script that needed a lot of work" and she did not know where the project was up to. but failed to qualify for the final. Geraldine Mullan was the only member of her family to survive when their car slid from the pier in Lough Foyle, Donegal, after a day out in August of this year. [89] However, her new manager Alan Bernard negotiated her out of the Atlantic contract; some of the tracks were used on the UK-only album See All Her Faces (November 1972) and the 1999 release Dusty in Memphis-Deluxe Edition. The beginning of 2017 brought another revival of interest in Springfield's music by the inclusion of the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" in Andy Wilman's The Grand Tour, featuring Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond. [citation needed]. [61] Its flip side, "No Stranger Am I", was co-written by Norma Tanega (an American-born singer-songwriter, who had a UK Top 30 hit with the novelty song "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog")[62] and Norma Kutzer. [citation needed] In the same year she was voted the Top Female British Artist of the year in the New Musical Express poll, outdoing Lulu, Sandie Shaw, and Cilla Black. [119] Despite producing many tracks, she did not take credit for doing so. [49][50] The associated Tamla-Motown Revue featuring The Supremes, The Miracles and Wonder had started in London in March, and according to The Supremes' Mary Wilson, the tour was a flop: "It's always ... disheartening when you go out there and you see the house is half-full ... but once you're on stage ... You perform as well for five as you do for 500. Musical direction Johnny Pearson. [34] It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc in the UK. [101], In January 1994, while recording her penultimate album, A Very Fine Love, in Nashville, Tennessee, Springfield began feeling ill. She is most remembered for Song: Song of a Preacher Man. She often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup.She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. [93], In the late 1970s Springfield released two albums on United Artists Records. When her husband comes home And she changes from mother to wife 'Til she feels the words hanging between them And she hangs by her words to her life The first was the disco-influenced "Baby Blue", co-written by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, which reached No. They became the UK's top selling act. See more ideas about dusty springfield, dusty, springfield. 4 on the UK charts,[30] leading to its nomination as a "Sure Shot" pick of records not yet charted in the US by New York disc jockey "Dandy" Dan Daniel of WMCA radio in December 1963, preceding Beatlemania. One of those was the bossa nova-influenced title track, and she does another bossa nova-flavored number, "Come for a Dream," co-written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. CD Dusty Springfield’s Sessions for the Atlantic Label Rank as Some of the Greatest Pop-Soul Recordings of All Time In 1971, Dusty Recorded a Full Album and a Single Side for the Label with Famed Producer/Songwriter Jeff Barry, Husband and Songwriting Partner to Ellie Greenwich and Author She enjoyed reading maps and would intentionally get lost to navigate her way out. Documentary charting the career of diva Dusty Springfield, who died in March, from Catholic schoolgirl to superstar. [37] Her performing career was limited to the UK touring circuit of working men's clubs, hotels and cabarets. [73] In the 1960s, on several occasions, she performed as the only white singer on all-black bills. [34][49] However, the fact that she could neither read nor write music made it hard to communicate with session musicians. [5] She was the first UK singer to top the New Musical Express readers' poll for Female Singer. [100], The last studio track Springfield recorded was George and Ira Gershwin's song "Someone to Watch Over Me" – in London in 1995 for an insurance company TV ad. We do like Dusty Springfield but she wasn't named after her!" [120] Another example of refusal to use the studio is "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" – recorded at the end of a corridor. Choreography by Tommy Tucker. [65] The producers recognised that Springfield's natural soul voice should be placed at the forefront, rather than competing with full string arrangements. Springfield brought many little-known soul singers to the attention of a wider UK record-buying audience by hosting the first national TV performance of many top-selling Motown artists beginning in 1965. Her relationship with Springfield emerges from Anti Diva as the most significant in Pope's life to date. 43 of the 'Greatest Singles of All Time' by the writers of New Musical Express in 2002. In 1993, she recorded a duet with her former 1960s professional rival and friend, Cilla Black. However now former backing singer Jean Westwood, 78, claims that the song that was written by her husband Mike Hawker, was actually intended to launch her own solo career. [113] She sang in a variety of styles, mostly pop, soul, folk, Latin, and rock'n'roll. [45][46] It was released in March 1966 and reached No. [15], Springfield was raised in a music-loving family. In the 1960s she topped a number of popularity polls, including Melody Maker's Best International Vocalist for 1966; in 1965 she was the first British singer to top the New Musical Express readers' polls for Female Singer, and topped that poll again in 1966, 1967, and 1969 as well as gaining the most votes in the British Singer category from 1964 to 1966. Smith also co-wrote the book of the musical. [112][113] The uniqueness of Springfield's voice[113] was described by Bacharach: "You could hear just three notes and you knew it was Dusty". Initially, She married Malcolm Lee and also gave birth to a son named Joe Lee in 1985. [34] She tried to revive her career in 1985 by returning to the UK and signing to Peter Stringfellow's Hippodrome Records label. The widow of gay DJ Kenny Everett has revealed for the first time how pop star Dusty was left disfigured and needing plastic surgery after a fight with her lesbian lover. British Singer Dusty Springfield was born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien on 16th April, 1939 in London, United Kingdom and passed away on 2nd Mar 1999 Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England aged 59. In the 1960s and early 1970s gay or bisexual performers "knew that being 'out' would lead to prurient media attention, loss of record contracts ... the tabloids became obsessively interested in the contents of celebrity closets". 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