Dusty Springfield was an English pop singer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With her distinctive mezzo soprano sound, she was an important soul singer and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with six top 20 singles on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen on the United Kingdom Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989. She was a member of both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame. International polls have named Springfield among the best female rock artists of all time. Her image, supported by her blonde bouffant hairstyle, evening gowns and heavy make up, as well as her flamboyant performances on the black and white televisions of the 1960s, made her an icon of the 60s. Born in West Hampstead, London in 1939 to a musical family, Springfield learned to sing at home. In 1958 she joined her first professional group, The Lana Sisters, and two years later formed a pop folk vocal trio, The Springfields, with her brother Tom. Her solo career began in 1963 with the upbeat pop hit, “I Only Want to Be with You”. Among the hits that followed were “Wishin’ and Hopin’ ” (1964), “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” (1964), “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (1966) and “Son of a Preacher Man” (1968). She brought many little known soul singers to the attention of a wider UK record buying audience by hosting the first national TV performance of many top selling Motown artists beginning in 1965. Partly owing to these efforts, a year later she eventually became the best selling female singer in the world and topped a number of popularity polls, including Melody Maker’s Best International Vocalist. She was the first UK singer to top the New Musical Express readers’ poll for Female Singer. To increase her credibility as a soul artist, Springfield went to Memphis, Tennessee to record Dusty in Memphis, an album of pop and soul music with the Atlantic Records main production team, it was released in 1969 and has been ranked among the greatest albums of all time by the US magazine Rolling Stone and in polls by VH1 artists, New Musical Express readers and Channel 4 viewers. The album was also awarded a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1987 she returned to the Top 10 of both the UK and US charts with her collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”. Two years later, she had two other solo UK hits with “Nothing Has Been Proved” and “In Private.” In the mid 1990s, owing to “Son of a Preacher Man” being included on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, interest in her early work was revived.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to Dusty Springfield. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from Dusty Springfield albums and most notable recordings.