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    Dusty Springfield, the 1960s British pop star famous
    for her husky voice and blonde beehive hairdo, has died at the
    age of 59.

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    Dusty Springfield, the 1960s British pop star famous
    for her husky voice and blonde beehive hairdo, has died at the
    age of 59.

    Springfield, who had fought a long battle against
    breast cancer, died on Tuesday (March 2) night at her home in
    Henley-on-Thames, west of London.Her cancer had first been
    detected in 1994.

    Born Mary O'Brien in London, she teamed up in the early
    1960s with her brother Tom to form the Springfields, which
    became one of the country's top pop and folk acts.

    Once described as Britain's finest white soul singer,
    Springfield's 1963 solo debut "I Only Want To Be With You" is
    now a pop classic.

    Worldwide success came in 1966, with "You Don't Have To
    Say You Love Me", which sold a million copies to become her
    only British number one hit.

    In 1968, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she
    recorded "Dusty In Memphis", regarded by some critics as one
    of the decade's finest albums.At the same time she released
    her classic single "Son Of A Preacher Man".

    After disappearing from the charts, Springfield let slip
    in a 1975 newspaper interview a veiled admission that she was
    bisexual and moved to Los Angeles.

    She recorded little, preferring to spend time with tennis
    star Billie Jean King and campaign for animal rights.

    In the 1980s, she found renewed success when she teamed up
    with Britain's Pet Shop Boys, who persuaded her to duet with
    them on their hit single "What Have I Done to Deserve This?",
    and then in 1989 on "Nothing has been Proved".

    The Pet Shop Boys also wrote the theme song to "Scandal",
    the film of one of Britain's most notorious political scandals
    of the 1960s, which also became a hit for Springfield.

    In May last year, Springfield announced a financial deal
    in Los Angeles under which she would get millions of dollars
    in exchange for future royalties from her hits.

    Just two months ago, Springfield was honoured by Britain,
    being granted an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).


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    Film ID:
    VLVA9KRMX5LP84VV7JDL3NFVPOBFW
    Media URN:
    VLVA9KRMX5LP84VV7JDL3NFVPOBFW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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