Rock World magazine lists her as one of the twelve First Women of Rock;
Rolling Stone declares her "Britain's best ever pop-singer."
In the '60s, Cliff Richard dubbed her "the white negress,"
while Max Bygraves called her "a trouble-maker."

All such labels inevitably fail to capture
the unique essence of British singer Dusty Springfield,
who for nearly forty years, reigned as
one of the world's finest female vocalists.

As one critic has noted:
"What can you say about a vocalist who could master
the rawness of rhythm and blues,
the smooth, tricky sophistication of Bacharach and David,
the false bravado of the Broadway standards,
and the cunning simplicity of classic pop?
Like Elvis, there was nothing that Dusty couldn't sing."

From her own "Anglicised Wall of Sound" to the
spartan soul of Jerry Wexler and the Memphis Cats,
from pre-Beatnix folk-pop to the Pet Shop Boys' techno-pop,
Dusty Springfield navigated more than thirty years of popular music's
unpredictable, tidal-like shifts and trends.
Throughout, Dusty maintained an artistic credibility
unparalleled in the sphere of contemporary music.

Dusty Springfield died of cancer on March 2, 1999,
at her home in Henley-on-Thames. She was aged 59.

Toward the end of her life, Dusty's country and her peers
in the music world bestowed long overdue honours upon her.
In the United Kingdom, Dusty was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE),
while in the United States, she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
-- though sadly the actual induction ceremony occurred thirteen days after her death.

Yet more than these accolades, it will be Dusty's
music and life which will ensure for generations to come that
the legend of Dusty Springfield, Woman of Repute, will live on. . .