Some artists make a lasting impression on the world, and there are few who would deny that Dusty Springfield was such an artist. Although Dusty died in 1999, her music, memory and legacy live on.
What was it about Dusty that makes her so memorable? Why do a legion of fans continue to play her songs, relive the emotions captured within them, and bring that music to a whole new audience?
Dusty has been hailed many times as the greatest British female interpreter of song, the ‘first white lady of soul’ – a fitting epithet. Dusty had the ability to sing each song as though she was living it there on stage, living the emotion, the raw power of the lyric. But she also introduced a new sound, a new way of singing. And she introduced an image which quickly became iconic, a sign of the times.
But more than anything, it was the music and Dusty’s ability to reach out and to touch the souls of all those who listened (and who continue to listen) to her songs.