Dusty Springfield

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Dusty Springfield


Pop diva, soul songstress, camp icon, R&B enchantress. Dusty Springfield’s career spans and transcends time and genre.

Her husky voice had an emotional urgency and vulnerability unlike anything audiences had ever heard. She could break your heart in the span of a Top 40 single.

Hall of Fame Essay


Jim Bessman

With her very first single as a solo artist, Dusty Springfield secured her glorified place in the pantheon of rock & roll history. 

The 1963 release of “I Only Want to Be With You” made her the second English artist - following the Beatles - to break through in America as part of the initial wave of the British Invasion, launching the international career of one of rock’s most distinctive, far-reaching and enduring female vocalists.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1999
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She was a songwriter’s singer
Elton John



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