Dusty News


2 Dusty shows on the way

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2 shows are coming featuring Dusty’s music. Son Of a Precher Man opens on September 4th at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley and then tours the country. The story is not about Dusty herself, but features her songs. Craig Revel Horwood directs & choreographs.

The other show, Dusty, based on Vicki Wickham’s book, written by Jonathan Harvey & directed by Maria Friedman is expected to open next year. Vicki tells me that some of the characters are composites, which often happens with biographical stories on stage. They seldom have the budget to feature everyone, so some poetic licence is taken with the characters, and some of the story. 

Details to follow.

Dusty radio play takes to stage in Glasgow

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The BBC radio play, Dusty Won’t Play, by the late Annie Caulfield is being presented on stage in Glasgow this week. The lunchtime shows are at Òran Mór, Monday to Saturday at 13:00. Book HERE 


Cast: Simon Donaldson, Kevin Lennon and Frances Thorburn. 

It’s 1964 and Dusty Springfield is at the height of her fame, scoring hits in the UK, US and around the world. On a tour of South Africa she refuses to play to segregated audiences and finds herself demonised and threatened by South Africa’s security police and jeered at back home in England for her naivety.

Shot through with Dusty’s timeless music, leavened with her earthy humour and straight talking, Dusty Won’t Play is a reminder of the tangled paranoia of apartheid and the true story of Dusty Springfield’s refusal to play segregated audiences in South Africa. She didn’t change the world but she did something.


Dusty Day 2017

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Dusty Day 2017 will be on Sunday April 23, 2017.

Tickets are not yet on sale, but will be announced soon

More releases to come!

September 23 is release date of a 3 CD box set - A Little Piece Of my Heart - from Spectrum. No info on track listings so far.

Link to AMAZON

I am expecting news of another release soon. Watch this space.

promotional ad for Special edition Reputation

Cherry Red have released a promotional video for the special edition Reputation, out on Aug 26.

Video below


Australian radio star Eoin Cameron has died

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News reached me today that Eoin Cameron (left) died of a heart attack last month, aged 65.

Eoin was a legendary figure on ABC Radio, broadcasting from Perth WA, and regularly playing his favourite artist, Dusty. He celebrated her birthday each year as his own “Dusty Day”. I was delighted to join him on air for one of those celebrations.

At his funeral today at St. Mary’s Cathedral extracts from the Bible were embellished with lyrics from Dusty songs, and the coffin was carried from the church to “Going Back”.

Eoin’s son Ryan gave a moving eulogy part of which we reproduce: 

Dad, we stand here as proud products of you and what you have made us and you will live on in us and in our children and there is no doubt your influence will shape the lives of generations to come.

We’re also sure if you were up here speaking today – you would be telling yourself to stop the attention seeking.

If only.

We so wish we could tell you to stop your bloody attention seeking and to get out and put Dusty on. Or day trip to Bangor. Or Austen. Or some other atrocia.

But it's not to be."


Reputation re-issue

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Dusty’s Reputation album is being re-issued in Special Edition in August.

I have been aware of the re-issue for some time, since I was asked to contribute my personal recollections from the sessions, which will feature in the booklet of the CD.

Track listing as follows:

DISC ONE: ORIGINAL ALBUM & 12” VERSIONS
1. REPUTATION
2. SEND IT TO ME
3. ARRESTED BY YOU
4. TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE
5. BORN THIS WAY
6. IN PRIVATE
7. DAYDREAMING
8. NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED
9. I WANT TO STAY HERE
10. OCCUPY YOUR MIND
11. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (DISCO MIX)

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12. NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DANCE MIX)
13. IN PRIVATE (12” VERSION)
14. REPUTATION (LOTS OF FUN 12” MIX)
15. ARRESTED BY YOU (EXTENDED VERSION)

DISC TWO: REMIXES AND B-SIDES
1. NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (ORIGINAL MIX)
2. IN PRIVATE (REMIX)
3. IN PRIVATE (BONUS BEATS)
4. IN PRIVATE (DUB)
5. REPUTATION (LOTS OF FUN SINGLE MIX)
6. REPUTATION (ALTERNATIVE MIX)
7. REPUTATION (REP U DUB 1)
8. REPUTATION (REP U DUB 2)
9. BORN THIS WAY (12” MIX)
10. ANY OTHER FOOL
11. WHEN LOVE TURNS TO BLUE
12. GETTING IT RIGHT
13. NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (INSTRUMENTAL)
14. DAYDREAMING (12” MASTER EDIT)

DISC THREE: PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS DVD (PAL Region 0)
1. NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED
2. IN PRIVATE
3. REPUTATION
4. ARRESTED BY YOU
5. I WANT TO STAY HERE


Below is a link to Cherry Red Records with full details of the release, and an opportunity to preorder


Original “Springfield” Tim Feild has died.

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RESHAD FEILD, formerly know an Tim Field (left, with Dusty) , and an original member of The Springfields with Dusty & Tom, has died. He was 82.


He was born Richard Timothy Feild on April 15 1934.


After he left The Springfields, being replaced by Mike Hurst, Tim studied spiritual healing and was initiated as a sheikh in the Sufi Order International. He continued on his spiritual path for the rest of his life, both writing & teaching.

News of his death has just reached me. He passed on May 31, 2016. No details are available. RIP.


You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - 50 years old




Dusty’s biggest it single - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - was released 50 years ago today on the Philips label - BF1482. The B side was the wonderful Every Ounce Of Strength. The 2 tracks are so different, they encapsulate the versatility of Dusty in the one disc.



The story of how Dusty first heard Io Che No Vivo Senza Te at the 1965 San remo festival has now gone down in legend. Other lyricists, including Barry Mason, had a stab at the English lyrics, before Vicki Wickham & Simon Napier-Bell scribbled them down in a cab, and the rest is history.

New Zealand Dusty tribute show

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There may well be a minute's silence when Tami Neilson, Bella Kalolo and Anna Coddington pay tribute to the iconic Dusty Springfield in the Spiegeltent at the Auckland Arts Festival in March. The first of four night – March 2 – is the day Springfield died in 1999. The trio will work under the direction of Steph Brown (Lips), who is working with a five-piece band and putting her own spin and unique flavour on Springfield's.  "I am spoiled for choice," says Nielson about what she's most looking forward to.  "Dusty is a huge vocal hero of mine and Bella and Anna both make me laugh until I can barely breathe." Dust To Dusky runs March 2-5.


from http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/76370407/state-of-the-arts


© Simon Bell 2013