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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Video Beaverhausen: Dusty Springfield ~ Once Upon a Time

The words "diva" and "icon" are completely apt for the late and legendary Dusty Springfield.  The other day, in Barnes & Noble, I was on a mission to find a film on dvd when, from the corner of my eye, I spotted the dvd Dusty Springfield: Once Upon a Time 1964-1969, part of Voyage Digital Media's "British Invasion" series (even though Ms Springfield's success pre-dates the popl British Invasion). I had to have it!

This is an amazing video with 20 complete performances strung together by newly discovered archival interviews, plus talking heads Burt Bacharach, Madeline Bell and Simon Bell. Released in 2010, it contains a bonus of the performances without the interviews but with four songs added. And the dvd and blu-ray come with a 24-page book of liner notes and rare images.

Included on the video are Dusty's performances of classics like "I Only Want to Be With You," "Stay Awhile," "Wishin' and Hopin'," "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself," "The Look of Love," "Son of a Preacher Man" and covers of "Mockingbird" and "Dancing in the Streets," and many others.

Outstanding job of remastering as most of the images are pristine and flawless, as is the sound quality.

It was such a pleasure, in June, to talk with producer Bob Esty about his work with Dusty.  And to have virtually revisited Dusty in the off-Broadway Forever Dusty last fall, with a marvelous Kirsten Holly Smith as Dusty.  I hear a new Dusty musical is coming to the West End.

This video is highly recommended by Dj Buddy B to Dusty and girl-group fans, and available at

Below, Dusty & Burt & "Wishin'" video that's part of Once Upon a Time:

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