You Say It's Your Birthday: Dusty Springfield

It's also Fugazi leader Ian MacKaye's birthday today.

Today is the birthday of singer Dusty Springfield (given

name: Mary O'Brien), who was born in 1939 in London, England. Springfield's

sexy voice made her one of England's hottest singers in the 1960s, famous for

tunes like "I Only Want to Be With You" and "You Don't Have To Say You Love

Me." Springfield spent her early singing career harmonizing with the Lana

Sisters and, later, the Springfields (with her brother Tom), scoring hits with

"Island of Dreams" and "Say I Won't Be There." But in 1963 she began finding

success on her own, and released her debut album a year later. She dabbled in

her version of the Motown sound, and many of her songs were later covered by

those same soul artists.

Springfield toured extensively, taking time off

to perform on TV with singers like Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. In

1969, she recorded a landmark album, Dusty In Memphis with producers

Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin that included the soul hit "Son of a

Preacher Man."

By 1970 she was moving in a decidedly more pop direction

with albums like A Brand New Me. She took a hiatus for most of the

1970s, aside from some backup work with Anne Murray, and despite picking up her

career in 1979 didn't see a true comeback until 1987, when she dueted with the

Pet Shop Boys on their hit "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" Springfield

reappeared in the 1990s, as her song "Son of a Preacher Man" was included in

the soundtrack for Pulp Fiction.

Other birthdays: Dave Pirner (Soul

Asylum), the late Henry Mancini, the late Roy Hamilton, Bobby Vinton, Gerry

Rafferty (Stealers Wheel), Jimmy Osmond and Ian MacKaye (Fugazi). -- Beth

Winegarner