1939 - 1999
Born Mary O'Brien in London on April 16, 1939, she teamed up in the early 1960s with her brother Tom to form the Springfields, which became one of the country's top pop and folk acts.
Once described as Britain's finest white soul singer, Dusty scored on the charts with tunes like the 1963 solo debut "I Only Want To Be With You", and in 1966, with "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," which sold a million copies to become her only British number one hit,
In 1968, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she recorded "Dusty In Memphis," which yielded her classic single "Son Of A Preacher Man."
Outside of her music, Dusty spent much time and effort campaigning for animal rights.
In the 1980s, she found renewed success when she teamed up with Britain's Pet Shop Boys, who persuaded her to duet with them on their hit single "What Have I Done to Deserve This?."
In May of 1998, she announced a financial deal under which she would get millions of dollars in exchange for future royalties from her hits.
Dusty passed away at the age of 59, March 3, 1999, after having fought a five-year battle against breast cancer, just a day before she was due to go to Buckingham Palace to be honored by Queen Elizabeth, and less than a month prior to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
© 1999 Eddie Bear Productions