Dusty and The Springfields

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The Springfields in studio

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Island of Dreams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilqKtJrs12w

In 1962, Albert was bringing acts to the north of Scotland for a week's tour [usually 5 gigs]. Note: after the Beatles tour in 1963, tours were extended to 10 days.

In 1962, Albert was bringing acts to the north of Scotland for a week’s tour ending with a larger venue in Aberdeen managed by Aberdeen promoter, Gordon Hardie. Note: after the Beatles tour in 1963, tours were extended to 10 days.

The line up in Aberdeen's Capitol Cinema was set by Kennedy agency and booked for one event by AA Bonici and A Lothian. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradford_timeline/sets/72157626215933908/

The line up in Aberdeen’s Capitol Cinema was set by Kennedy Street Enterprises and booked for one event by AA Bonici and A Lothian. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradford_timeline/sets/72157626215933908/ https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/meet-the-searchers/

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, 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

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 [1961] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDYQOdN3FG4   Island Of Dreams [1962] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhF-Mqn-HEQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFZBFw-b9Vw Son Of A Preacher Man [1968] 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?” [1987] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kybLYEk3nVY&feature=kp and “Nothing Has Been Proved” [1989] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZip7Y_IDqQ “Daydreaming”[from Reputation] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlXmclEYWpI [1990]. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+secret+life+of+Dusty+Springfield.-a054492600 http://www.the60sofficialsite.com/Dusty_Springfield.html


In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference https://scotbeat.wordpress.com when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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