Eulogies: Dusty Springfield

I met DUSTY SPRINGFIELD in 1963 on the BBC TV show Top of the Pops, when I was promoting It's My Party. Her talent was obvious the moment she opened her mouth--a sound so unique that she could take someone else's song and make it her own. She sang live with the band and sounded totally awesome. I lip-synched and felt somewhat foolish.

Our paths crossed again in Los Angeles in the '70s. We both enjoyed watching women's tennis and developed quite a friendship. She was very bright, with a great sense of humor. When she recorded a song I wrote,...

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