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Posted on March 2, 1999

Dusty Springfield

Performed “Son of a Preacher Man”


LONDON (AP) — Singer Dusty Springfield, whose husky voice fueled such 1960s hits as “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 59.

Springfield died Tuesday night, March 2, 1999 at her home in Henley-on-Thames, about 30 miles west of London, said her agent, Paul Fenn.

“She was one of the icons of the music industry,” Fenn said. “She was one of the most talented female singers of this century.”

Springfield’s first hit was 1964’s “I Only Want To Be With You,” followed by a string of smashes, including “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.”

In the 1990s, she resurfaced with another hit, teaming up with the Pet Shop Boys for the single “What Have I Done to Deserve This.”

Springfield’s breast cancer was diagnosed in 1994 shortly after she recorded her most recent album, “A Very Fine Love.”

Ironically, Dusty was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month, and was also to receive the “Order of the British Empire” from Queen Elizabeth the Second.

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