Photo above: Dusty Springfield in studio with Johnny Moran and a sound engineer when developing her solo act after leaving The Springfields 
Nowhere To Run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KYpjPbKBqU&list=RD9jyq2Hn7JF0&index=18 Mocking Bird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8HejYMWdoA&list=RD9jyq2Hn7JF0&index=2 Dusty Springfield fan page: http://dustyspringfield.nu/
Sixties Superstar Dusty Springfield: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BtVpPfbyQo
John who played with several who gained notoriety in the music business, compared Dusty’s personality with that of Sandy Shaw and Emile Ford [and The Checkmates who shared a pop line-up with The Beatles in Scotland]. They were take-charge individuals who “knew exactly what was to be done” and Dusty was the “master of the situation” according to John Rennie. John. who was a teenager at the time, remembers speaking with the Springfields though Dusty as quiet and a bit “stand-offish” thought polite to the lad. In a later interview, Dusty said that she was “shy around people” though of course it was a different story when performing. She had high demands on herself and those around her.
Promoter Albert Bonici was on holiday the second time The Springfields performed at Elgin’s Two Red Shoes Ballroom [September 1962]. His youngest sister, Rosanna, remembered sitting in Albert’s upstairs flat waiting for Dusty to usher her into the stage area at the top of the stairs next to the flat. Her 10 month old baby was crying when Dusty reached the landing and came in to comfort Rosanna’s son by holding his hand and singing a lullaby. He stopped crying and looked curiously at Dusty “though didn’t fall asleep”. On that evening, Eurovision winner, Donna Douglas, was promoting her winning tune, Message In A Bottle to a cheering crowd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h4QrO1QwF0
When it came to her music and performance, Dusty was in control even in the beginning of her career with The Springfields, letting the guys know what she expected. It was observed that Dusty didn’t look pleased by the response from exuberant crowd [TRS held 3-400] over the opening act which likely played into Dusty’s opening night nerves. Donna may have been seen as competition for The Springfields, who were also on tour with their own recordings. More on Donna Douglas at: https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/two-red-shoes-album-2/.
Also, after speaking with Aberdeen promoter Gordon Hardie several years ago, he gave me a copy of an audio CD speaking about promoting in Scotland in the sixties including meeting Dusty Springfield, Mick Jagger, and The Beatles… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfEVUzUBiZU https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/eulogy-for-gordon-hardie/
Dusty toured the north of Scotland [October 1961 and September 1962] under contract with Albert Bonici. In september ’62, they sang a few of their newest recordings including Little Boats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=-uzIhlYCpJY Silver Threads and Golden Needles [Dusty and Tom Springfield with Mike Hurst]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HRH1tA_bDM and Island of Dreams:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilqKtJrs12w
Going Back [Dusty Springfield 1966]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqlB-vcQvjc&list=RDyqlB-vcQvjc#t=55
Dusty became known as a single act when she became known in the States. She is sometimes credited for launching the “British Invasion” before the Beatles debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show [similar to Britain’s “Sunday Night At The Palladium”. http://www.dustyspringfield.org.uk/LTD/index.php/life/dusty-springfield-a-biography In 1963, Dusty spoke with the Beatles https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/beatles-tour-scotland/ on British television.
ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW:
“Singer Dusty Springfield interviewed the Beatles on their first-ever appearance on the British television program ‘Ready Steady Go!’ on October 4th 1963. As part of this appearance, the Beatles also performed ‘Twist And Shout’, ‘I’ll Get You’ and ‘She Loves You’. Ready Steady Go! was one of the first teenage-pop television shows in Britain. At the time of this particular appearance, the program was still in its first season. Early episodes of the program featured Springfield as the interviewer and presenter. Ready Steady Go! was on the air for just four seasons from 1963-1966 and featured the biggest names of the day, also including the Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, The Who, and Van Morrison to name but a few.
Dusty Springfield had a respectable career of her own that was just getting off the ground in late 1963. Springfield’s recording of the song ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ went gold in Britain. Her string of pop hits continued into the mid-sixties, hitting the charts in the UK as well as the United States and beyond.As a bit of trivia, Michael Lindsay-Hogg who directed the Beatles final movie ‘Let It Be’ was also one of the directors for the Ready Steady Go! program.Ready Steady Go! was produced by Rediffusion Television for ITV.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vl1OH2dXwg– Jay Spangler, http://www.beatlesinterviews.org
Short videos of Dusty’s career: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw6Y6RZHiOA
Island of Dreams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilqKtJrs12w
The Springfields played at the Two Red Shoes in Elgin 31 Oct 1961 and again on 27 Sep 1962/ Working with Dundee promoter Andy Lothian and Aberdeen promoter, Gordon Hardie, Mr. Bonici brought Dusty back to Aberdeen for one of his “pop packages”. The memo above [august 1962] indicates that the publicity photos came along last minute. On the 26th of September, Bonici called them “The Famous Vocal Group” in a newspaper advert. They had been voted Top British group in 1961 and ’62 and first British vocal group to have a top hit single in the USA [April 1962]. Gordon Hardie, an associate of Albert Bonici, related an awkward moment with Dusty Springfield when as he was driving her to a gig at Bonici’s request. He questioned why an attractive young woman like her didn’t have boyfriend (not understanding that she was a lesbian or considering it). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfEVUzUBiZU The Springfields were given an option to cancel their Scottish tour at the time as Dusty had an opportunity to go to the States [Sep/62] but by the following year, she was a household name across the western countries [including Australia]. When she toured South Africa, she was considered controversial for attracting black and white audiences in a country whose government sought to divide races. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/11931105.1964_1988__pop_in_protest/
Wishin’ and Hopin’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAdTsAKvVTU “Britain’s greatest pop diva, Dusty Springfield was also the finest white soul singer of her era, a performer of remarkable emotional resonance whose body of work spans the decades and their attendant musical transformations with a consistency and purity unmatched by any of her contemporaries” http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dusty-springfield-mn0000159214/biography Ballin’ The Jack  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDYQOdN3FG4 Island Of Dreams  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhF-Mqn-HEQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFZBFw-b9Vw Son Of A Preacher Man  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp4339EbVn8 ‘A British singer whose style and husky voice emulated the Motown sounds she adored, Dusty Springfield was born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien on April 16, 1939, in London, England. Her love of music came early. At a young age she teamed up with her older brother Dion, singing with him in their parents’ garage. They liked to record their collaboration and by the late 1950s had started performing together in front of live audiences. In the early 1960s, after briefly joining a cabaret act called the Lana Sisters, Mary reunited with her brother to form a new group, The Springfields. Dion had started working with another vocalist, Tim Field, and inspired by his last name, the trio took on the name, The Springfields. In addition, the siblings adopted stage names for themselves. Mary came to be known as Dusty Springfield, and her brother as Tom Springfield.The group’s style, folksy with the kind of poppy sound that would later drive Beatlemania, hit at just the right time. The Springfields recorded several Top Five British hits, such as “Island of Dreams” (1962) and “Say I Won’t Be There” (1963). They even enjoyed some American notice—something rare for British groups at that point—with the 1962 release of “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3SgjjTqdyM which reached No. 20 on the U.S. charts.’ http://www.biography.com/people/dusty-springfield-9491157#awesm=~oG2N6pd67awRHM “After finishing school, Springfield sang with Tom in local folk clubs. In 1957 the pair worked together at holiday camps. The following year Springfield responded to an advertisement in The Stage to join The Lana Sisters, an “established sister act”… She had changed her name to Shan, and “cut her hair, lost the glasses, experimented with makeup, fashion” to become one of the ‘sisters’. As a member of the pop vocal trio, Springfield developed skills in harmonising and microphone technique and recorded, performed on TV, and played at live shows in the United Kingdom and at United States Air Force bases in continental Europe. In 1960, Springfield left The Lana Sisters and formed a pop-folk trio, The Springfields, with Tom and Reshad Feild (both ex-The Kensington Squares), who was replaced by Mike Hurst in 1962. The trio chose their name while rehearsing in a field in Somerset in the springtime and took the stage names of Dusty, Tom, and Tim Springfield. Intending to make an authentic US album, the group travelled to Nashville, Tennessee, to record Folk Songs from the Hills. The local music that Springfield heard during this visit, in particular “Tell Him,” helped turn her style from folk and country towards pop music rooted in rhythm and blues. The band was voted the “Top British Vocal Group” by the New Musical Express poll in 1961 and 1962. During early 1963, The Springfields recorded their last UK Top 5 hit, “Say I Won’t Be There”. The group appeared on ITV Associated Rediffusion’s popular music TV series Ready Steady Go!. Springfield left the band after their final concert in October 1963.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusty_Springfield Dusty had drinking and drug problems throughout the 1970’s and sang back-up for other singers before a “comeback” with a collaboration with The Pet Shop Boys with “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kybLYEk3nVY&feature=kp and “Nothing Has Been Proved”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZip7Y_IDqQ “Daydreaming”[from Reputation] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlXmclEYWpI . http://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+secret+life+of+Dusty+Springfield.-a054492600 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-2662529/Dusty-Springfield-Fist-fights-lesbian-lover-multiple-suicide-attempts.html