Dusty Springfield

I Only Want to Be With You
#12 in 1963


Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien was born on April 16. 1939in West Hampstead to an Irish Catholic family, and was brought up in the West London borough of Ealing. The name "Dusty" was given to her when she was a child, as she had been a tomboy in her early years. Dusty Springfield's first single, the soul-tinged "I Only Want to Be with You", was released in November 1963. That song was Dusty’s first flirtation with American soul, She chose it as a tribute to Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" style. While recording her final album, A Very Fine Love, in 1995 in Nashville, Dusty felt unwell. In England, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She received months of radiation treatment and, for a time, the cancer was in remission. Cancer was detected again in the summer of 1996. After a fight, Dusty was defeated by the illness on March 2, 1999. She died in Henley-on-Thames, on the day she had been due to go to Buckingham Palace to receive her Order of the British Empire insignia. Before her death the officials of St James's Palace gave permission for the medal to be collected by the manager Vicki Wickham. She duly presented it to the singer in the hospital, where they had been joined by a small party of friends and relatives. Her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had been scheduled for 10 days after her death. Elton John helped induct Dusty Springfield into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, stating: “ I think she is the greatest white singer that there ever has been.
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