A Girl Called Dusty

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A Girl Called Dusty
Studio album by Dusty Springfield
Released 17 April 1964
Recorded Olympic Studios, Carton Street, London W1, UK, January 1964
Genre Pop
Length 32:54
Label Philips Records
BF 7594 (mono)
SBL 7594 (stereo)
Producer Johnny Franz
Dusty Springfield chronology
A Girl Called Dusty
(1964)
Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

A Girl Called Dusty was the debut album of British singer Dusty Springfield. It was released in the UK on Philips Records in 1964.

Dusty Springfield had been a member of the girl group The Lana Sisters from 1958 to 1960, and the folk-pop trio The Springfields from 1960–1963, in the latter case with her brother Tom Springfield. While on tour in the US in the early 'sixties she was exposed to soul music, which was to have a profound impact on her subsequent life and career. Although The Springfields were moderately successful, with songs such as "Island of Dreams", "Bambino" and "Silver Threads And Golden Needles" (a No. 16 US country hit), their style of music limited the wide range of material that Dusty Springfield wanted to sing. Therefore, in 1963, Springfield decided to begin a career as a solo singer.

Her first single, "I Only Want To Be With You", was actually recorded while still a member of The Springfields, and was released one week after their final concert. The song was a success in both Britain and the US, and led to the recording of A Girl Called Dusty which was released in 1964. The album contained a mix of mostly straightforward pop songs and a few Motown influenced numbers, such as "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Mockingbird". It also marked Springfield's first collaboration with well-known songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, as well as Gerry Goffin and Carole King, whose songs Springfield continued to record for the rest of her career.

At the time, A Girl Called Dusty was not released to the US market. Instead, Philips released a compilation of singles and tracks recorded for the album as Stay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You. It was named after her first two singles, which had been Top 20 hits in the US. Later in 1964 Philips released Dusty, a second version of A Girl Called Dusty with a different tracklisting and different tracks.

A Girl Called Dusty was first released to CD in June 1990 by Philips Records/PolyGram, then a direct transfer from vinyl. In 1997, two years before Springfield's death, a digitally remastered and expanded edition was issued by Mercury Records/Universal Music, then including eight bonus tracks as well as a few alternate mixes. Because most of the original multi-track master tapes no longer were to be found in the Philips Records archives, the vast majority of the tracks on the 1997 version are in mono or in some cases re-created stereo mixes using alternate vocal takes. The current CD version of A Girl Called Dusty, which still remains in print, is consequently radically different from the original album, as produced by Johnny Franz and Springfield herself. The album appears in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

Side A

  1. "Mama Said" (Luther Dixon, Willie Denson) – 2:14
    • 1997 CD-re-issue: remix
  2. "You Don't Own Me" (John Madara, David White) – 2:30
    • 1997 CD-re-issue: alternate take
  3. "Do Re Mi (Forget About the Do and Think About Me)" (Earl King) – 2:20
    • 1997 CD-re-issue: remix
  4. "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.) – 3:07
    • 1997 CD-re-issue: remix
  5. "My Colouring Book" (Fred Ebb, John Kander) – 3:03
    • 1997 CD re-issue: mono mix
  6. "Mockingbird" (Inez Foxx, Charlie Foxx) – 2:34

Side B

  1. "Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 3:07
    • 1997 CD-re-issue: remix
  2. "Nothing" (Frank Augustus, Bob Elgin, Clarence Lewis Jr.)  – 2:29
    • 1997 CD-re-issue: remix
  3. "Anyone Who Had a Heart" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 3:11
    • 1997 CD re-issue: alternate take
  4. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 2:40
  5. "Wishin' and Hopin'" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:56
  6. "Don't You Know" (Ray Charles) – 2:53
    • 1997 CD-re-issue: remix

Bonus tracks 1997 CD re-issue

  1. "I Only Want to Be With You" (Alternate take) (Mike Hawker, Ivor Raymonde) – 2:42
    • First UK release (original mix): Philips single BF 1292 (A-side). Release date: 8 November 1963.
  2. "He's Got Something" (Alternate take) (Kenny Lynch, Ian Samwell)  – 2:50
    • First UK release (original mix): Philips EP I Only Want to Be With You, BE 12560. Release date: 6 March 1964
  3. "Every Day I Have to Cry" (Arthur Alexander) – 2:30
    • First UK release: Philips EP I Only Want to Be With You, BE 12560. Release date: 6 March 1964
  4. "Can I Get a Witness (Remix) (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.) – 2:46
    • First UK release (original mix): Philips EP Dusty, BE 12564. Release date: 4 September 1964
  5. "All Cried Out" (Remix) (Buddy Kaye, Phil Springer)  – 3:05
    • First UK release (Original mix): Philips EP Dusty, BE 12564. Release date: 4 September 1964
  6. "I Wish I'd Never Loved You" (Alternate take) (Mike Hawker, Ivor Raymonde)  – 3:40
    • First UK release (original mix): Philips EP Dusty, BE 12564. Release date: 4 September 1964
  7. "Once upon a Time" (Remix) (Dusty Springfield) – 1:57
    • First UK release (original mix): Philips single BF 1292 (B-side of "I Only Want to Be With You"). Release date: 8 November 1963.
  8. "Summer Is Over" (Tom Springfield, Clive Westlake) – 3:44
    • First UK release: Philips single BF 1369 (B-side of "Losing You"). Release date: 16 October 1964.

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