Tuesday, April 28, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Dusty Springfield

Artist:Dusty Springfield
Song:You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Album:Hits Collection

Dusty Springfield was one of the most popular pop singers of the 60s and You Don't Have To Say You Love Me was her biggest hit in 1966. She was born Mary O'Brien Apr. 16, 1939 in London, England. Dusty was a childhood nickname. She started out in folk groups like The Lana Sisters and then The Springfields with her brother Dion O'Brien. He became Tom Springfield and she became Dusty Springfield. they recorded for Philips Records and producer Johnny Franz. They had some success on the British charts but Dusty felt folk music was limiting and left to go solo in 1963. She had success when her debut single I Only Want To Be With You reached #4 on the British Singles chart. Then Wishin' and Hopin' was a top ten hit in the US. She continued to have success in England but was not as successful in the US. Dusty performed at the 1965 Italian Song Festival in San Remo. She heard the song Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te) and wanted to record an English version. The song was written by Pino Donaggio who at the time was a successful singer songwriter in Italy. He would go on to be a film composer for horror films. So an instrumental track was recorded and Dusty still doesn't have English lyrics. Manager Simon Napier-Bell and Ready Steady Go producer Vicki Wickham were having dinner and they decided to try and write lyrics for this song though they weren't songwriters. The end result was You Don't Have To Say You Love Me. The record topped the British charts and reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though Dusty would have a long career in music, that was her biggest hit and you can get it on this budget comp. Dusty got a lot of acclaim for recordings like Son of A Preacher Man and she had success in the 80s with The Pet Shop Boys. By the mid-90s, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and died on Mar. 2, 1999 at age 59 two weeks before she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here's Dusty Springfield performing You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 1967.

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