Dusty Soul Diva is the new Dusty Springfield tribute show from Shelley singing songs by Soul Diva Dusty in her own personal tribute. All your favourites in one set. This can be followed by a selection of cool 60s Soul and Motown performed with Emma which can also be booked as a double tribute show with the very best of Soul and Motown. It is brought to you by two very talented artistes and promotes two amazing shows in one night. The songs are guaranteed to bring back vivid memories of the 60s era – songs you’ll never forget.
Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien OBE (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), Professionally known as Dusty Springfield, she was an English pop singer and record producer. Her career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With her distinctive sensual mezzo-soprano sound, she was an important singer of blue-eyed soul. At her peak she was one of the most successful British female performers. Six top 20 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen on the UK Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989.
Dusty Soul Diva Tribute Show
To boost her credibility as a soul artist, Springfield went to Memphis, Tennessee, to record Dusty in Memphis. This was an album of pop and soul music with the Atlantic Records main production team. Released in 1969, it has been ranked among the greatest albums of all time by the US magazine Rolling Stone. It also ranked in polls by VH1 artists, New Musical Express readers and Channel 4 viewers. (Wikipedia)
The Sound Of Motown
Springfield introduced the Motown sound to a wider UK audience both with her covers of Motown songs and by facilitating the first UK TV appearance for The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles and Stevie Wonder on a special edition of the Ready Steady Go! show. This show was produced by Wickham and called The Sound of Motown. On 28 April 1965 it was broadcast by Rediffusion TV. She opened each half of the show accompanied by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Motown’s in-house band, The Funk Brothers.
The associated Tamla-Motown Revue featuring The Supremes, The Miracles and Wonder had started in London in March. According to The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, the tour was a flop: “It’s always … disheartening when you go out there and you see the house is half-full … but once you’re on stage … You perform as well for five as you do for 500.” (Wikipedia)
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