Episode 79. Dusty Springfield Sings Carole King

Episode 79. Dusty Springfield Sings Carole King

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How exciting to go straight from Black History Month to Women’s History Month! Over the course of this coming month, I am going to feature programs on my favoritest singers of all time! For the first episode, I break with normal Countermelody protocol and feature the quintessential pop singer, Dusty Springfield, whose career spanned the early 1960s through the mid-1990s. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to do an all-Dusty episode and since this past week was the 22nd anniversary of her premature death at the age of 59 of cancer, the time seemed right to present her to my listeners in all her eclectic glory. Because we are celebrating women this month, I decided to present Dusty singing material exclusively by female composers and lyricists, including all of extant recordings of songs by the great Carole King, most in collaboration with her longtime songwriting partner, the late Gerry Goffin. Other songwriters represented include Janis Ian, Karla Bonoff, Scherrie Payne, Norma Tanega, and Carole Pope; lyricists include Dorothy Fields and Marilyn Bergman, and vocal guest stars include Tom Jones and Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. This week’s bonus episode, available to Patreon subscribers, features further Dusty performances, both live and studio.Come and let me guide you through the glory of All Things Dusty!

Carole King and Gerry Goffin

RECORDINGS HEARD IN THIS EPISODE

All tracks feature Dusty Springfield.

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: So Much Love [recorded 1968]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: Oh, No, Not My Baby [recorded 1965]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: I Can’t Hear You. Dusty Springfield, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas [from The Sounds of Motown 28 April 1965]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Michèle Vendôme [French lyrics]: Demain tu peux changer / Will You Love Me Tomorrow? [recorded 1964]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: You’ve Got a Friend [recorded 1971]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: Some of Your Lovin’ [recorded 1965]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: Don’t Forget about Me [two versions; recorded 1967 and 1968]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: That Old Sweet Roll [AKA Hi-De-Ho] [recorded 1969]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: No Easy Way Down [recorded 1968]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: I Can’t Make It Alone [recorded 1968]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman [from It Must Be Dusty 12 June 1968]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: Sweet, Sweetheart. Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones [from This Is Tom Jones 23 January 1971]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: Wasn’t Born to Follow [recorded 1970 & 1971]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: Up on the Roof [from The Andy Williams Show [13 March 1971]

Carole King, Toni Stern: It’s Too Late [from It’s Lulu 24 July 1971]

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: I Want to Stay Here [recorded 1990]

Scherrie Payne, Edith Wayne, Ronald Dunbar: Crumbs off the Table [recorded 1970]

Michel Legrand, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? [recorded 1970]

Dorothy Fields (1904 – 1974)

Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields: Where Am I Going? (Sweet Charity) [recorded 1967]

Karla Bonoff

Karla Bonoff: Lose Again [Live at the Royal Albert Hall 03 December 1979]

Janis Ian

Janis Ian: In the Winter [recorded 1974]

Carole Pope

Carole Pope, Kevan Staples: Soft Core [recorded 1982]

Dusty and Carole Pope
Chi Coltrane

Chi Coltrane: Turn Me Around [two versions, recorded 1974 & 1977]

Norma Tanega (1939 – 2019)

Norma Tanega: No Stranger Am I [recorded 1967]

Dusty and Norma

Johann Sebastian Bach, adapted Michel Magne, Norma Tanega: Go, My Love [AKA Goodbye] [recorded 1970]

Dusty and Norma

Carole King, Gerry Goffin: Goin’ Back [recorded 1967]

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