I read the other day that Dustys former house was for sale. Look at this lovely place. I would by it without a thought if I only had the money. I love the Art Deco style and who wouldn’t want an indoor swimming pool? Imagine poring a glass of wine (after a swim), sink down in a sofa and turn on one of her LP’s – in her living room. Could you get a more intense feeling of Dusty, her music and her life? Sometimes it might sound as if I’m of obsessed with Dusty but I am more likely to be obsessed with music and feelings. Dustys lyrics has meant a great deal for me through the years. Like my friend said the other day: Music is what feelings sounds like! She couldn’t be more right. And Dusty has given many of my feelings a voice. I can relate to her… And it would be magic to take a step into a home where she has lived.
I have read that Dusty had som rough years suffering from depression and alcoholism. There are som many girs and women out there struggling to fit in, to make a career, to be “good enough”. I wish we, the society, could do more for them. I got an idea when I visited the site oddsexpert.co.uk (now and then I like to bet at some sports) a few days ago . And it’s kind of growing at me. How about a charity gala? I am a member at a tennis club. We could arrange a tournament for ladies, created by ladies, to raise money to support women who suffers from mental illness. We can dress up in “Dusty-outfits” and play tennis in that big hairstyle she always had. Can you imagine it? I have to make a project plan and discuss this with the girls at my club. Stay tuned…
Did you know that an event called “Dusty Day” takes place once a year? I have heard about it before but never participated. I´m more of a Lone Ranger that way, caught up in my one feelings an thoughts. Listening to Dusty in my headphones. But who knows, someday I might check it out. Not many of my friends can relate to my Dusty obsession. They are more in to the latest hits on Spotify.
Anyway, I’m planning my on little Dusty event. I want to introduce my friends to Dustins voice and I have found the perfect way to do it. I’m going to invite them – and their husbands – to a “Casino Royale night”. You know that movie, the parody that came out in the 60’s? Dusty sang one of the songs in the movie – The look of love.
Since my husband – and I – love to gamble, I´m going to invite them to a poker night. We are going to dress up, have fun, listen to Dusty and play poker all night long. Perhaps me and my girl friends will try out the roulette set my husband bought last month. I love the roulette and I want to play It live, with my friends. Like I have mentioned before we like to try some slots online sometimes. It´s not very often but we like to keep updated and following sites that gadering information about different casinos. Sites like casinonodeposit.co.uk. I guess there will be a visit before my party, just to warm up 🙂
I wonder where I can find suitable clothes for the evening? And how I´m going to transform my home to a Casino Royale… I want it to be magic, like walking right in to the movie (where I will receive my guests dressed up like Dusty – off course 😉 ).
I would like to do some kind of quiz with Dusty quotes as well… There’s much to think about.
I have to get going now, I will tell you more in my next post.
As said before Dusty came in to my life years ago with my parents and their interest of music and so on, but it wasn’t until I in year 2008 saw the show Legends in Las Vegas that I really fell for her. And her music, of course! Her being that interesting person as she was I didn’t realize until maybe 2012. I’ve had a couple of bad times in my life too, not as bad as her but during that times I’ve often thought: what if Dusty had come into my life earlier? I know it sounds weird and you’re probably at home reading this and wondering what this girl is talking about?! But you know how music can really help you? Well, Dusty have really helped me and if I had found her music earlier maybe it would have helped me even more.
I thought I’d give you some examples of when I had been in need of a little Dusty. For example, me being 19 and in love with the hottest guy in school. Oh dear, how I loved him. He had long black hair and the most amazing blue eyes. He later on in fact became my boyfriend and we were dating for almost a year. It wasn’t magic being in a relationship with him but it was magic being hoplessly in love with him in school.
Another time was when I met my future husband. He lived in another city and for a year and a half we had a long distance relationship. I spend so much of my time longing for him and wishing he would be with me. It would have been lovely doing that together with Dusty Springfield music.
Well, I’m just glad I found her as early as I did. I would like to end this update with the amazing lyrics from Dusty’s song ”You don’t have to say you love me”. To me, this song is pure magic and I love it so much.
When I said, I needed you You said you would always stay It wasn’t me who changed, but you And now you’ve gone away
Don’t you see that now you’ve gone And I’m left here on my own And that I have to follow you And beg you to come home
You don’t have to say you love me Just be close at hand You don’t have to stay forever I will understand Believe me, believe me I can’t help but love you But believe me, I’ll never tie you down
Left alone with just a memory Life seems dead and so unreal All that’s left is loneliness There’s nothing left to feel
My favourite pop singer as you all know, the late Dusty Springfield who I started this blog for has said a lot of both wise, sad and upsetting things. I therefore thought I’d give you some quotes. These quotes I think really capture her and all that was her, feeling misunderstood, being an outsider, her mental illness and her lovelife. This is quoted said by Dusty according to articles about her.
Some quotes from her about her lovelife:
”My sexuality has never been a problem to me but I think it has been for other people.”
”I have tried sex with both men and women. I found I liked it.”
Some quotes from her about her mental illness:
”I just decided I wanted to become someone else… So I became someone else.”
”My affections are easily swayed and I can be very unfaithful.”
”I was a nothing kid. Not particularly good. Not particularly bad.”
”I’d love to retouch my whole life.”
”It’s marvellous to be popular, but foolish to think it will last.”
”Sometimes you have to let people down in order to get on, particularly in showbusiness.”
”A lot of people say I’m bent, and I’ve heard it so many times that I’ve almost learned to accept it.”
”I’m the most misunderstood, misquoted person I know, honestly.”
I think that says a lot about her.
I’ll end this update with a memory I have. In 2008 (I think it was 2008 at least) I was in Las Vegas watching ”Legends”. It was amazing. In Legends Katy Setterfield plays Dusty Springfield and she does it uncredible. When Katy sang ”You don’t have to say you love me” I almost started crying. What a moment. It was such a fantastic evening and actually the first time I really fell for Dusty. Since then I’ve read all I can find about her and find I like her even more, even though she had done mistakes and wasn’t a perfect person. Her music is like a gift from heaven. Love it!
But being in Las Vegas watching this show was such an experience. I even tried gambling. Never done that before. Next year I’m going their again to gamble. It was really funnyt. I thought I’d read a bit more about casino here. Great website were you can learn a lot about freespins, get reviews about the online casinos and how to play if you’re interested.
Have you got any wishes about what you want me to write? Something extra aboit Dusty you would like to know?
Always smiling at pictures, but not always smiling inside…
It’s not often talked about and yet today we do not have that much information about this but according to various sources Dusty Springfield was a lesbian. To press and espacially British press she never admitted it or mentioned it. She kept it a secret all the time, until she died. In fact she said that she was in a relationship to a man, she called him ”a canadian no one know” However, it is a fact that she was married to Teda Bracci and that they got married in Canada in 1983. That was the only marriage she had, she had a lot of relationships byt Teda Bracci was her wife.
Before marrying Teda Bracci Dusty had various relationships, mostly known to the gay community. Between 1972-1978 Dusty was in a relationship with the photo journalist Faye Harris. It was an on and off relationship before she met rocker Carole Pope. All her relationships were very stormy.
When she later on met Teda Bracci they fell in love and had an unofficial wedding ceremony when they got married in 1983 in Canada. Teda Bracci was an American actress who Dusty had met at Alcoholics Anonymous, according to sources. Note that I don’t exactly know if this is true but I’ve searched a lot about info on Dusty Springfield as I am a huge fan of her. Due to this I know that many sources write the same: this. Their relationship lasted only two years and after that Dusty moved first to Amsterdam and after that back to Britain.
”She was never totally comfortable with the fact that she was a lesbian. She was very open privately with me but I think her Catholic background stayed with her right to the end and she never completely came to terms with it.” This is a quote I found said by her close friend and backing singer Simon Bell. In the quote Simon Bell continues, “There were certain things she was addicted to, like the drink and the drugs and indeed relationships, that she eventually learned she just couldn’t have,”
Dusty had a lot of love affairs but the one with Teda Bracci the most known. Probably because of the fact that they got married. No one accept Dusty and Teda probably know why the marriage broke. Dusty was as said a very secret person about her love life and she kept it a secret.
Dusty Springfield was a great inspiration and big part of the ”Swinging London”, as London in the 1960’s often is referred to. I thought I’d tell you a bit of the ”Swinging London” and what the name stands for.
I was born in 1963 so my parents has told me great memories from this time. They didn’t live in London then but the trends and the ideas in London spread to the whole U.K so I know they have great memories from then. Before I was born they lived in London and I remember them going to London for weekends while I stayed with my aunt Lisa at home after we moved.
So, this phenomenon; the “Swinging London” or the “Swinging Sixties” emphasizes the new, the modern and the young and this was a cultural revolution mostly based in London. The bad economy from World War Two held on in the U.K. during the 1950’s but in the 1960’s the economy started getting better and in London a big mass of youth grew up. These both important facts that had a big impact on this decade. The new culture was based from London although the great band The Beatles came from Liverpool. However most designers, artists, models and culture people lived in London and particularly in a small area of London, around Carnaby Street and the neighborhood around King’s Street in Chelsea. So this area began to grow and became a center for the ”Swinging London”. The young, modern, new London with new ideas and lots of culture. The hit London Calling by The Clash, the style icon Mary Quant, the model Twiggy and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood are all icons of this time. Art, music and fashion was flourishing. Politic activism was driven by sexual liberation, freedom of expression and an anti-nuclear movements.
So, Dusty Springfield who were born in 1939 were young in the 1960’s. She lived in London before moving to the US. In 1963 she released her first solo album and it became a great hit among the listeners. Many of her songs became significant hits that still brings your thoughts to the Swinging London.
To sum it up, she was a big icon of the Swinging Sixties with her heavy make-up, evening gowns and blonde perfect hair. She was very influated by these years and time and she held on to her look for the rest of her life. She also influated many people and she’s been an icon of the Swinging Sixties in London.
Dusty herself has said in interviews that she was born with some sort of melancholy. ”Melalcholy and mad at the same time” she called herself ones in an interview. And she had a struggled life. Maybe it was her troubled childhood that affected her, but even through her grown up life she had argues and fights with lovers, family and friends and she struggled with a long time drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. Probably her childhood affected her a lot, that’s at least my believe. It’s said that her father also had a drinking problam and her mother had problems with anger.
She was very private as a person and during her time in the spotlight the newspaper left out a lot of information. Nowadays it’s out in the open that Dusty was a lesbian, but back then it wasn’t the same. This wasn’t familure to all of her fans, as said newspaper often left it out. However most of the people around her knew but she did her best to hide it. I thought I’d write more about that another time. Maybe her being a lesbian and the insecurity of that in the 60’s and 70’s has been an impact on her. But she also suffered from other things.
Especially during her time in America and Hollywood her alcoholism and mental illness grew stronger. Much if it probably beacuse of the difficulties she had with being a famous person and career issues. She swung in her mood a lot, from wanting to harm herself to also harming others. With her wife Teda Bracci who she married in 1983 she had big argues that could result with Dusty really hurt at a hospital. One time her mouth was so hurt she had to take help from a plastic surgeon to fix it. Two years later she was admitted to a psychiatric locked ward after a suicide attempt. This wasn’t the first time she tried to kill herself, it had happend before and it happened again after this period. Her self-disgust was real, she was insecure with her look and she had various plastic operations to improve herself. This is not the legend singer we know, but this is the true dark side of Dusty Springfield.
Of course this way of living created huge problems. For example one time she knocked down a woman when driving her sports car way to fast. She had love affairs behind the back of her wife Norma. When partying and drinking too much she often lost her voice. She was instabile. It was probably hard for her family and friend to watch all this.
As you her this faboulous pop star wasn’t always no angel. Her mental illness and personal problems affected not only her but also people she loved. However she created wonderful music that I am so fund of.
Dusty Springfield is for me one of the most beautiful women all time. Her look is legendary and she is one of the most significant woman of the British 1960’s London look. She is worth her nickname ”Queen of Mods” since she took the Mods look to new levels. With her panda eyes and bouffant hair she’s one of the big style icons of the last century. And a personal favourite of mine as you all know. Therefore I’ll tell you a bit about more her popular look.
When we think of Dusty Springfield we all have in mind her big panda eyes, the 60s iconic short sparkling dresses and the big blonde perfect hair. She was a rebel and had a very personal style that went along with her music and songs perfectly. In the 1950’s she was very influated by glamourous women like Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot. Just as them she was a big fan of the eyeliner and heavy mascara look. Teamed up with the short glittery dresses and the bouffant hair, she became one of the big style icons of the 1960’s. Yet today we can see her style trending as artists and singers take a lot of inspiration from her. For example Madonna and Amy Winehouse has been influated by her style.
During the 70’s and 80’s she adopted new trends to stay fresh, for example the longer hair and the embellished suits were new Dusty favourites during the 1970’s and 80’s. But she kept her individual classic style and that’s probably why she’s become such a style icon. A famous Dusty quote is: “To be the star they wanted, I had to hide behind a mask, and I chose mascara.” It definitly says something about her, and how she felt about being a celebrity.
As you can hear, I love Dusty’s style and I would very much like to see her in a new modern way. Me and my husband were talking the other night and came up with the idea of a video slot with Dusty theme. Wouldn’t that be great? NetEnt has recently released video slots with rock theme, for example Guns N’ Roses and Jimi Hendrix (you can read about it here). Why don’t they make slots with 60’s theme? The video slot could have Dusty Springfield theme with her music and style. Probably this site would write about it. However, I think it’s a great idea!
Finally, I thought I’d give you my favorite Dusty outfits. To me her 60’s look is the best. It’s so much her, being a rebel and trendsetter. So, here you go, my Dusty Springfield favourites:
I thought I’d give you a short history lesson about Dusty Springfield’s childhood, since it’s really interesting to have a bit background info first when reading about a superstar like her. We all know her as Dusty Springfield but that wasn’t her name when she was born in April 16th 1939. She was born in West Hampstead in North London as Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadotte O’Brien, her first name Mary. She was the second child who came to the O’Brien family. She had an older brother called Dionysius P A O’Brien born in 1934. Her father Gerard Anthony O’Brien was born in 1904 and mother Catherine Anne O’Brien (born Ryle) in 1900. Her mother came from Ireland and her father grew up in British India and worked as a tax consultant and accountant.
Growing up Dusty was a real tomboy and she actually got her nickname Dusty from playing football with the boys on the street outside their home. The family lived her first years in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, but 1950 the family moved to the West London borough Ealing. She attended an all-girl school, the St Anne’s Convent School in Northfields. The family had a lot of argues, the father was a perfectionist and therefore her mother’s frustrations would sometimes result in food throwing and yelling. It wasn’t easy growing up and her childhood included drinking-problem and a lot of fights within the family. The food-throwing was something Dusty adopted and also did as a grown-up according to facts about her. Various sorces tells about a tuff childhood and possibly this troubled childhood affected her a lot.
Her interest for music came from her background and family, they all enjoyed music a lot and she learned to sing at home. She had a love for music and used to listen to music like Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. When she was 12 she recorded herself singing the song “When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam” by Irving Berlin. The first professional group she joined was ”The Lana Sisters” in 1950. Two years later, in 1960 when she was 21 she and her brother and an other friend started the band ”The Springfield’s”. Her brother had already renamed himself Tom Springfield. Together with Tim Field the siblings started this pop-folk vocal trio. The band split up in 1963 when she wanted to start her solo career. I’ll continue with that another day, that’s yet another interesting chapter of the life of Dusty Springfield.
Dusty Springfield, the legend pop singer and record producer was born in West Hampstead, London year 1939. You’ve probably never heard of the name Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien but that is her birth name. She made her way inte the heart of lots of people and she has been the frontfigure of the swinging London in the 1960’s. Since you’re probably familure with many of her hits I thought I’d give you a short biography to the fantastic hit producer and lovely singer Dusty Springfield.
Dusty Springfield was born in a family that enjoyed music and she learned to sing very early. Her family also loved music and used to sing together. 1960 she and her brother started the pop-folk vocal trio Springfield’s. The band consisted of her, her brother and Tim Field who later was replaced by Mike Herst. In addition to this she and her brother renamed themselves with the stage names Dusty and Tom Springfield. They recorded several top hits as ”Island of Dreams” and ”Say I wont be there” and their release “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” even made it to the U.S. charts which for British bands were rare at this time. But in 1963 she started a solo career and yet today her hits ”I only want to be with you”, ”Son of a preacher man”, ”I just don’t know what to do with myself” and many more are legendary and loved by many people around the world. She got to know real success in 1968 when her album ”Dusty in Memphis” who she’d recorded with legendary music producer Jerry Wexler. This album was a huge success and the top hit ”Son of a preacher man” become number 10 at U.S. Charts that year.
She had a fascination for America and moved their in the 1970’s. But Dusty had a lot of personal trouble and drug issues she struggled a lot with. However she did continue to record music and she kept on releasing new music late in the 1990′. In 1987 she together with Pet Shop Boys released the single ”What have I done to deserve this”. Dusty passed away from cancer on March 2, 1999 only 60 years old.
I would like to end this short bio by recommending some of my favourite Dusty Springfield hits all time:
1. ”Don’t Forget about me” (1969)
2. “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” (1962)
3. ”Son of a preacher man” (1968)