Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien was born on April 16, 1939, in London, England and was already in the recording studio at the age of eleven. Prior to becoming a solo artist, Mary joined her brother Dion to form the Springfields. He became Tom Springfield and Mary became Dusty Springfield. With her “blue eyed soul,” she would become one of England’s most popular female singers ever.
Following successes in England, the Springfields landed on the American Hit Parade with “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” in 1962. Two years later as a solo artist Dusty made her debut with “I Only Want To Be With You,” followed by million seller, “Wishin’ And Hopin’.” In 1966 “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” was top five and in 1968 “Son of a Preacher Man” gave her still another gold record award.
Following a battle with cancer, Dusty Springfield died at 59 years of age on March 2, 1999.
Dusty Springfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010.