This is the

‘Definitively Dusty’

told by

Dusty Springfield herself through her own words...

(from unheard interviews

and broadcasts)

 ...and via her development in music, revealed by the exclusive archive of Dusty in the studio creating her music during her legendary recording sessions

'...such an amazing documentary, loved every second - a sentimental journey of everything I loved growing up … def a triumph, so visual it felt like watching a biopic - we need more serious music journalism like this …!  honestly the most brilliant doc I have ever listened to.' BARKER EVANS

Dusty chatting about her early singing opportunities

EXCLUSIVE soundbit of Dusty singing an unreleased song, written especially for her by girlfriend Norma Tanega. Hear the full version in Episode 2


Definitively Dusty

Episode 1: Island of Dreams

TX Date: 14 April 2019 on BBC Radio 2, at 9pm


Episode 2: A Brand New Me

TX Date: 21 April 2019 on BBC Radio 2, at 9pm


Episode 3: Reputation

TX Date: 28 April 2019 on BBC Radio 2, at 9pm


Presenter: Dusty in her own words

with Tris Penna

Co-Producers Tris Penna, Vicki Wickham &

Sue Clark:

Sound Designer:

Peregrine Andrews

Researcher: Paul Howes

Reporter: Christian John Wikane

Comms Producer:

Yvonne Macken


Contributors include: manager and best friend, Vicki Wickham, life-long PA Pat Rhodes, Lana Sister Lynne Essex, backing vocalist and friend Simon Bell, Bass player and Musical director Dougie Reece, singer song writer and friend, Nona Hendryx, singer Sandie Shaw, girlfriends and singer/songwriters Norma Tanega and Carole Pope and from the music industry: Simon Napier Bell, Jerry Greenberg, Gary Moore, Keith Altham, Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, Keith Mansfield, Kenny Gamble and Tom Shapiro along with author and Dusty uber-fan Paul Howes.

Norma Tanega recalls fond memories of first meeting Dusty and the fun parties they shared

Lynne Essex chats about Dusty and the Lana Sisters' treasured meeting with Nat King Cole

Dusty in the studio






Island of Dreams


SUNDAY 14 April 2019 - 9pm



Dusty’s Birthday is 16th April and this year if she were still alive she would be 80 on that date.  Her fans gather every year on the nearest Sunday to that date, and this year ‘Dusty Day’ will also be marked by a new music documentary series for BBC Radio 2 produced by Sue Clark Productions.


Definitively Dusty is a three x 1 hour chronological documentary series which examines in detail the music, art and artistry of one of the greatest singers Britain has ever produced - Dusty Springfield.  With access to hours of previously un-broadcast interviews with Dusty, and many new interviews with those who worked closely with her and her friends, Definitively Dusty includes a wealth of music including hitherto unreleased material from her recording sessions.

Dusty tells us about the musical influences of her childhood, listening to Carmen Miranda and MGM Musicals and how she played Belgravia supper clubs as a teenager. We hear from Lynne Essex, member of The Lana Sisters about Dusty’s audition for the band and talks about Dusty’s time in this all-girl vocal trio. We hear how Dusty left The Lana Sisters to form a folk trio with her brother Tom - The Springfields - who became very successful both in the UK and the USA. And it was on a trip to Nashville to record an album with The Springfields that Dusty, during a stop-over in New York, fell in love with black pop music. Dusty talks about the records she then heard in a Time Square record shop that went on to shape her whole career.

We hear from good friend and latter-day manager Vicki Wickham how she booked The Springfields onto a brand new pop TV programme Ready Steady Go! only to find out that the group were splitting up - and how Dusty became a compere and launched her debut solo hit I Only Want To Be With You. Dusty’s lifelong PA, Pat Rhodes tells us about the birth of Dusty’s solo career and how she was in the recording studio.  Singer Sandie Shaw remembers how Dusty stood in for her during a performance of Always Something To Remind Me - and admires her exceptional taste in songs. 1960’s NME journalist and PR executive Keith Altham talks about Dusty’s love of soul music and we learn how Dusty was instrumental in helping to launch Motown in the UK.

Dusty tells us about enjoying the life of a successful artist and a mid sixties trip to Rio with her brother Tom, Madeline Bell and Martha Reeves and how the carnival music was unlike anything else she had ever heard.

Dougie Reece, the bassist from her backing band, The Echoes, tells us about the ill-fated concert trip to South Africa in 1964, when Dusty was deported back to the UK for refusing to play to segregated audiences.   

Dusty talks about the San Remo festival and discovering a song Io No Vivo Senza Te - which she just knew would be a hit for her - and was to become her signature tune You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me.


Dougie Reece on their audition in Wandsorth

Dusty on first hosting Ready Steady Go!

Definitively Dusty

Episode 1 – Island of Dreams


You Don’t Have to say You Love Me

Jelly Roll Morton: Jelly Roll Blues

Son of a Preacher Man

Dusty & PSB: What Have I Done to deserve this?

Peggy Lee: Why Don’t You Do Right?

Peggy Lee: Till There Was You

Lana Sisters: You Got What It Takes

Lana Sisters: Mister Dee-Jay

Lana Sisters: You Got What It Takes

The Springfields: Tzena, Tzena, Tzena

Carmen Miranda: Chica Chica Bum Chic

The Springfields: Breakaway

The Weavers: Goodnight Irene

The Springfields: Caelito Lindo

The Springfields: Midnight Special

The Springfields: Silver Threads & Golden Needles

The Springfields: Island of Dreams

The Springfields: Little by Little

The Exciters: Tell Him

Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make me Over

Baby Washington: That’s How Heartaches

Are Made

Garnett Mimms: It Was Easier to Hurt Her

It Was Easier to Hurt Him

Manfred Mann: 54321

(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me

Every Day I Have to Cry

Dusty & Martha and the Vandellas: Wishin’ & Hopin’

I Only Want to Be With You

Stay Awhile

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas: Heatwave

Marvin Gaye: Hitchhike

The Temptations: The Way You Do The Things You Do

The Shirelles: Mama Said

Antonio Jobim: The Girl from Ipanema

Library music: Rio De Sambadrome

Little by Little

24 Hours from Tulsa

In the Middle of Nowhere

I Just Don’t Know What to do with Myself

You Don’t Own Me

Pino Donaggio – Lo No Vivo Senza Te

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me







A Brand New Me

SUNDAY 21 April 2019 - 9pm


In programme 2, Dusty tells us how Mary O’Brien 'becomes' Dusty Springfield and we hear about her goofy sense of humour and parties she threw in the 1960s.  She was voted World’s Best Female Vocalist for several years in succession and we learn how she began to exercise artistic control in the studio and choose the material that she sang. Dusty speaks about her love for Bacharach and David and how her recordings of Carole King songs landed her with her sought after contract to record in America with Atlantic Records. We hear from Atlantic Records executive Jerry Greenberg how the songs were chosen for the 'Dusty in Memphis' album and fascinatingly how Dusty herself was the instigator in getting Led Zeppelin signed to the label. We hear in detail about Dusty's A Brand New Me album sessions from Philadelphia producer and songwriter Kenny Gamble.

We discover how, in 1970, Dusty made the very brave decision to come out as bisexual in the British press - something which made her an unwitting LGBT pioneer - and how she came to the decision to live permanently in California, thinking that it would open up a new career for her.   After a couple of years of inactivity in the USA, we hear how Dusty started to make music once again - songwriter Nona Hendryx talks about writing for Dusty and we hear all about Dusty’s performances at Drury Lane and the Royal Albert Hall. Girlfriend Carole Pope talks about Dusty’s daring artistic qualities and writing songs for her - Dusty’s Standing Now So Low, it was for an album that was unreleased in the UK at the time.


Definitively Dusty

Episode 2– A Brand New Me


You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

Some of Your Lovin’

Give Me Time

The Goons - Ying Tong Song

I’ll Try Anything

Midnight Sounds

I’ve Been Wrong Before

The Sand Pebbles – Love Power

Love Power

I Close My Eyes & Count to Ten

Am I the Same Girl

The Colour of Your Eyes

I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Some of Your Lovin’

Goin’ Back

Memphis Horns – Soul Bowl

Just One Smile

Son of a Preacher Man

Breakfast in Bed

A Brand New Me (instrumental)

Star of My Show

A Brand New Me

Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

MGM fanfare - from Dusty’s Shirley Temple sketch from Live at Talk of the Town – BBC 15 Sept 1968

Diana Dors – So Little Time

On the Good Ship Lollipop (Live at

Talk of the Town – BBC 15 Sept 1968)

I Start Counting (instrumental)

Yesterday When I Was Young

What Good is I Love You? (instrumental)

Take Me to the Pilot (Live)

The Look of Love (instrumental)

Who Gets Your Love?

That’s the Kind of Love


I’m Coming Home Again

60s Medley (live) – Stay Awhile/
I Only Wanna Be With You/ Close My Eyes & Count to Ten

Soft Core

Quiet Please There’s a Lady on Stage








Sunday 28 April 2019 - 9pm



In the final programme we hear how life in California didn’t go as well as Dusty had expected and we hear how depression, addiction and self-harming plagued her for much of her life. In the late 80s, the UK saw a revival of 60s nostalgia in music, fashion and across the media, and 60s performers were regarded as respected states people. The Pet Shop Boys were the first to work with their 60s idol – Dusty Springfield; and Neil & Chris and Dusty talk about how they came to work together. We hear how she was in the studio and the way she perfected her sound. Dusty tells us how she had wanted to record in Nashville and about the album A Very Fine Love. Producer Tom Shapiro tells us how Dusty loved the song selection and the musicians but was self-conscious of her voice and would turn the headphones up so loud she couldn’t hear herself. He said that despite Dusty’s doubts her performances were outstanding. PA Pat Rhodes went on that trip with Dusty and recalls how she had a lot of problems with her voice which led them to seeking medical advice. It was this doctor who suggested she get checked out on her return to England and test results revealed cancer. Dusty underwent radio therapy and the cancer went into remission and she was able to promote the A Very Fine Love album with a special appearance on Later with Jools Holland accompanied by Alison Moyet and Sinead O’Connor. Sadly this proved to be her last album as cancer recurred and Dusty died in March 1999 at the age of 59.  Gone but certainly not forgotten, we hear how her music continues to spread and many of her close friends and colleagues talk about her lasting legacy and their favourite songs.

Dusty wished that she could have retired and opened an upmarket cattery with Pat! However with that voice that wouldn’t have been possible  – her music lives on now and forever...


Definitively Dusty

Episode 3– Reputation




You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

Pet Shop Boys & Dusty - What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Wherever Would I Be?

Sometimes Like Butterflies.

But It’s A Nice Dream.

In the Winter

Allee Willis & PSB (demo) – What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

Pet Shop Boys & Dusty – What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Nothing Has Been Proved

Occupy Your Mind

In Private



Arrested By You

Son of a Preacher Man

Millicent Martin – I’m Still Here

A Very Fine Love

Roll Away

All I Have To Offer You Is Love

Go Easy On Me

Dusty & Daryl Hall - Wherever Would I Be

Dusty, K.T. Oslin & Mary Chapin Carpenter - Where is a Woman to Go?

Soft Core

Goin’ Back (instrumental)


Live it Up

I Had a Talk with My Man

If You Go Away

I Don’t Want to Hear It Any More

I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love

The Look of Love

Goin’ Back


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