Friday, April 16, 2010

Classic Dusty IV

Since today is the 71st anniversary of the birth of legendary pop/soul vocalist Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), I thought I'd share another classic clip of Dusty doing what she did best!

This particular clip is taken from an episode of her BBC television series, Dusty, first broadcast on September 8, 1966.

As you'll see, it shows her singing the haunting Bert Berns and Jerry Wexler penned ballad, "I Don't Want To Go On Without You."

I'm sure you'll find it a beautiful performance. And not just by Dusty but by her soulful backing singers as well. They are Madeline Bell, Lesley Duncan and Barbara Moore. Enjoy!

Notes Paul Howes in the liner notes of the 2007 DVD, Dusty Springfield: Live at the BBC:

Each programme [of Dusty’s 1966 BBC series] followed the same format - five or six songs with a guest spot in the middle. Simply called Dusty, the series was described as “the musical world of Dusty Springfield,” succinctly acknowledging the fact that Dusty was more than just a one-dimensional pop singer. Her taste in music was eclectic and there was almost nothing she couldn’t sing. By the end of the series, she had run the gamut of musical styles from pop to standards, soul to swing, show tunes to folk songs. Each song had been performed with deceptively consummate ease. Just as in the recording studio, Dusty was a perfectionist and demanded a great deal from her musicians. But they gave her what she wanted and the high standards she set herself she achieved.

The shows attracted healthy audience figures and were sufficiently popular for the BBC to invite Dusty back for a second series in 1967.

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Remembering Dusty - Eleven Years On
Remembering Dusty on the Tenth Anniversary of Her Death
Time and the River
Soul Deep
Classic Dusty
Classic Dusty II
Classic Dusty III
The Sound of Two Decades Colliding . . .
Shelby Lynne Celebrates Dusty Springfield
Remembering a Great Soul Singer

Recommended Off-site Links:
Dusty Springfield: Woman of Repute
A Girl Called Dusty
Dusty Devotedly
Dusty Springfield

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