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November 27, 2018

Britain's Queen of Pop: 46 Beautiful Photos of Dusty Springfield in the 1960s

Born 1939 as Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien in West Hampstead, English pop singer and record producer Dusty Springfield learned to sing at home, she joined her first professional group, The Lana Sisters, in 1958, and two years later formed a pop-folk vocal trio, The Springfields, with her brother Tom Springfield and Tim Field. They became the UK's top selling act.

Springfield began her solo career in 1963 with the upbeat pop hit, "I Only Want to Be with You". Among the hits that followed were "Wishin' and Hopin'?" (1964), "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" (1964), "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (1966), and "Son of a Preacher Man" (1968).

Dusty Springfield in the 1960s

With her distinctive sensual mezzo-soprano sound, Springfield was an important singer of blue-eyed soul and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with six top 20 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen on the UK Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989.

Springfield had her career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. She is a member of the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame. International polls have named Springfield among the best female rock artists of all time. 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.

Springfield died in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire in 1999 because of breast cancer, aged 59.

An early rehearsal shot from Ready, Steady, Go! 1963

At home in Baker St in 1963

At home in Baker St in 1963

Dusty in her Baker St flat, 1963

Dusty in her Baker St flat, 1963

 Dusty in her Baker St flat, framed by just two of her many awards, 1963

Dusty pictured in her Baker St flat, 1963

Dusty posing in her Baker St flat during a photo shoot in 1963

The Springfields had a guest spot in the 1963 film 'It's All Over Town'

 A beautiful 1964 studio portrait

A Hyde Park photo shoot in the summer of 1964

A lovely early 1964 shot of Dusty

A lovely, summery Hyde Park shot of Dusty from 1964

A serious looking Dusty, 1964

Dusty at a studio, 1964

Dusty in her vacation, circa 1964

Dusty Springfield on the shingle beach near her parents home in Brighton in 1964

Dusty Springfield being made up by Hilary Bates for Thank Your Lucky Stars, 16 February 1964

 Dusty Springfield having ice cream, 1964

Dusty poses on the set of Thank Your Lucky Stars TV show in Aston Studios, Birmingham, 1964

Dusty taken backstage at the Odeon Exeter in late 1964

Hyde Park photo shoot in the summer of 1964

Hyde Park, 1964

One of the lovely set of photos taken for Dusty's appearance at the London Palladium in February 1964

 Photo shoot by the Serpentine in Hyde Park, 1964

 A classic Dusty photo from the 1965 Hyde Park shoot

A facial portrait of the famous British singer Dusty Springfield sitting at home smiling at the camera, 1965

A wonderfully happy shot of Dusty on Ready, Steady, Go! in June 1965

Dusty posing in the grounds of the Hotel Savoy during a photo shoot, San Remo, 1965

 Dusty Springfield standing in a woodland park looking towards the camera, 1965

Portrait of Dusty Springfield in 1965

Dusty with Long John Baldry performing 'Something You Got' on Ready, Steady, Go! on this day in 1965

 Gardens of the Hotel Savoy, San Remo, January 1965

In the gardens of the Hotel Savoy, San Remo, 1965

 Portrait of Dusty taken on 18 September 1965

San Remo, 1965

 The Royal Variety Performance, November 1965

Battersea Fun Fair photo shoot, 1966

Dusty in 1966

After Top of the Pops, May 1967

Dusty in Hawaii in 1967

Dusty outside the Palace Theatre in Manchester in 1967

Dusty with Lesley Duncan around the back of the Blackpool ABC theatre, July 16th 1967

Post show ride home, most likely Talk of the Town in 1968

An after show photo taken in Manchester in 1969. More than likely the Golden Garter nightclub

Dusty Springfield, 1969



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