Dusty was deported after performing to an integrated audience near Cape Town. Her manager, Vic Billings, and her group, The Echoes, were with her. The police arrived and took them to their hotel, taking their passports of them.
There was nothing ever ‘small’ about her integrity and her loyalty to her principles. This was the first time I remember being aware that there was racial prejudice - it wasn’t anything you encountered in the little hamlet where I lived.
Little did Dusty know at the time that she was causing such political furore. All she wanted was to be able to play her music to anyone who wanted to listen; irrespctive of the colour of their skin.
She stood up for BLM before it was ever thought of or cool to do so... an inherent sense of fair play. Respect.
Very brave stance! Enough to get her deported
She was a pioneer of truth
Remember watching this being reported on the evening news. Good for Dusty for making a stand. She took a lot of stick from other artists who were happy to go and play to segregated audiences.
All she wanted to do was put on a show for everyone.
A legend for all time, with views ahead of her time.....
Dusty was great and in my opinion correct. Bless her heart.
She was a strong woman. R.I.P Dusty
Dusty had the guts to stand up and say no to those bigoted sods! 👏👏
Never knew she was deported
Good for her
Good on dusty x
yes I remember it well
I always admired Ms. Dusty!!!
Another newbie thank you Cas 💖💕💖
A magnificent voice, and a magnificent woman!
"In 1964 Dusty caused a political furore in South Africa when she was deported from South Africa. ... So she had an anti-apartheid clause written into her contract and refused to perform concerts before segregated audiences, as required by the South Africa's racist apartheid system at that time."
On Dusty’s first tour as a solo artiste another female singer was in the show. Her name then was Susan Singer but she’s now Sue Holliday, a jazz singer who still performs around London. I’ve been friends with Sue and her husband for years now and she told me how she shared a dressing room with Dusty on this one nighter tour. She used to do Dusty’s hair for her before going on stage and smiled when she told me how shy Mary was. She didn’t know what to do with her hands as she was no longer in a group supporting her. Boy, Dusty learned the dramatic hand movements very quickly after this, didn’t she? It was lovely hearing about Mary, not Dusty, from Sue. Does anyone have access to any photos from this tour that show Sue with Dusty? She told me she has no photos of this time at all, which is a shame. Mary signed a card for her, which is long gone. A great shame but it’s more often that fans have the memorabilia rather than the artiste.
Next to Herman is Alan Howard, bass guitarist with Brian Poole. When they split he was replaced by Chip Hawkes.
Looks like Herman’s Hermits and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.
Can't believe It was so long ago that i went to see her on this tour in Glasgow. My big brother took me lol
A favourite track from 'A Girl Called Dusty', with lyrics so you can sing along into your hairbrush 😀 Dusty sings this in the style of The Shirelles but there is another unreleased version still out there that she recorded in the 80's in the slower style of the Carole King 'Tapestry' version. ... See MoreSee Less
I wish they would release the more recent recording of this song done in the early eighties I believe. It would be good to compare the two!! I know it wasnt finished but the vocal and most of the orchestration is there. Perhaps one day.......🤞🤞
I love this song! Dusty’s version is brilliant The cover is one of my favorite pictures and my favorite Dusty song Is I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself! This LP is special💙
I've always hoped she recorded a version of the Pet Shop Boys "Love Comes Quickly" for Reputation a la Liza covering "Rent". I can hear it in my head and it sounds glorious
I loved this song. I am so glad we can keep her memory alive.
The first LP I ever had. Love it still & often play it. 🤎
What a marvelous tune. Love what Dusty did with it.
Love this song. Dusty as beautiful as ever. 💖💖
Oh I live the idea of a slower version. Dusty voice is so emotive that would sound fab. Thank you for sharing ❤️
I have copies of both versions.
Pure, sonic brilliance.
Love the heavy drums in the middle, she always knew how to take a song and make it better 👌♥️
How about that. Great and makes for a cheerful start. Dusty ohhh💖
Carole King wrote the song with husband Gerry goffin !
Mary bernadette Obrien.hence dusty springfield.☘️🤔⭐
Around the time of 'Stay Awhile' Dusty changed her hair to this style. Probably one of her most extreme beehives that no doubt divides opinion, but what has always puzzled me, as I don't believe I've ever seen a photo, is what it looked like from the back! ... See MoreSee Less
Wendy Stapleton does a fantastic Dusty show.Check Wendy's web site for shows and venues.
Lovely picture of Dusty.
Loved Dusty & The Springfields 😊 what a voice.
There were 3 hairstyles in the early days which were not my favorites, this is one. I preferred the original pageboy flip. But Dusty was so lovely, I just go with it. 😊
A classic 60s Dusty, she was definitely a trend setter!
Has anyone done a series of photos of all her hairstyles/wigs with approximate dates I wonder? It often seemed to me that almost every time I saw her on TV she had a different one. Always ahead of the trend (pardon the pun).
It definitely suited her the sixties were made for Dusty and Dusty was made for the sixties and with a voice like that how could she fail,and no one else around these days to take her crown!!!!!
I love the coulour her garment
Novel style, but it looks a bit odd nowadays! I preferred the pre and post hairstyles she had in the 60s, but wasn't keen on the extra attachments making her hair longer, or the curly wigs. Just my opinion, of course, and no offence intended!
I loved that style it was SO DUSTY! Most of her hairstyles were flattering and the curly wig was exceptional, didn't care much for the wigs piled on top of each other as seen on the See All Her Faces album. However Dusty certainly had style.
What a beauty .xx
I agree it's too much but don't be too hard on Dusty. I wore plaid (pants) in the 70s and liked It!😊
Oh I love that hot pink dress! 😍
It’s her eyes I always love
She was always in style.
That was all the style in those days.
Many women had them.
Want this dress! 😍
I remarked on "Let's talk Dusty", that her beehives defied the laws of gravity but hey let's face it she could do no wrong!!!
Ah Dusty beautiful as ever but I never did like her hair in a beehive.
This girl was a great singer .Mary Bernadette O'Brien Hence dusty Springfield.She was nicknamed dusty when she was young because she played football with the boys a bit of a tomboy.Her Ashe's are scattered around the cliffs of moher in the south of ireland.and some are in the church yard in Henley in England.Rest in peace.dusty Springfield.☘️👍⭐🤔☘️
Fab song with such a beautiful singer.
Absolutely fantastic that's the best version of this song I've ever heard
Continuing today's tribute to Peggy Lee with a little story from Derek Wadsworth who worked with Dusty for 15 years as musician and arranger - it's his view that the "Dusty Springfield" persona had been crafted with equal fastidiousness by the woman born Mary O'Brien in west London in 1939.
"Dusty Springfield was a creation of Mary O'Brien. She was almost not like a real person. She put the whole package together - the hair, the shoes, the gestures - and she had impeccable taste. I know in particular she modelled herself on Peggy Lee. She liked the way Peggy put her eyes on one side halfway through the song and did this little smile. There's a saying that the true nature of art reveals itself only at the very highest level, and I think that was the way with Dusty." ... See MoreSee Less
I was a friend of Derek Wadsworth's, first getting to know him when he was musical director for "Hair" the hippy musical at the Shaftesbury in London's West End and I was a member of the cast. I also sung with his jazz band at The Bull's Head in Barnes. He was a really lovely man, very unassuming and kind and told me lots about his time working with Dusty and being her MD. Sadly he died a couple of years ago.
Great pic RSG ?
A beautiful woman with an outstanding voice. 💖💖
Dusty has said so herself in the beginning, that to become famous wasn't going to happen being the person that she was, plain Mary O'Brien. So she became another person in the persona of Dusty Springfield.
Petula Clark also admired Peggy Lee most among female vocalists and even sang two brilliant duets with her when Petula had Peggy as a guest on one of Petula's USA TV Specials.
I belueve had Dusty lived into old age, she would have become more and more Mary. Just a hunch. The world loved her voice without a persona.
If you're gonna emulate someone, only the best will do. Peggy Lee was Dusty did and Dusty is!!! xx
Fab photo..Used in the Everythings Coming Up Dusty Album..
Today is the anniversary of Peggy Lee's 100th birthday. Dusty often said, Peggy Lee was the reason she sang. She also said "I had a fierce crush on Peggy Lee's voice. That's who I wanted to be. I wanted to be Peggy Lee." Dusty paid tribute to her musical heroine with a medley of her songs on her 'Decidedly Dusty' TV series in 1969 and during her Talk of the Town season that same year. www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-x-VTVG1nc... See MoreSee Less