Celebrating Dusty Springfield at the Auckland Arts Festival 2016
"Pop-soul vocalist Dusty Springfield performed everything from adult pop, Memphis R&B and Motown-style soul, traditional folk and country to contemporary dance music over her long career. Born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien in London in 1939, Dusty had become Britain’s most popular female vocalist by 1964. She went on to enjoy hits in four successive decades.
Smitten by the soulful sounds coming out of Detroit, her approach had little to do with guitar-driven rock and roll. She gravitated toward Motown’s orchestrated pop-soul, filtered through the cool, poised vocal approach that reflected her British background. Dusty was meticulous about her arrangements and often not credited as Musical Director despite her care for detail. In a patriarchal and highly sexist industry, she stood firm and fast." - Adapted from Auckland Arts Festival programme (pdf).
Premiering at the 2016 Auckland Arts Festival, Dust to Dusky sees Anna Coddington, Bella Kalolo, Tami Neilson and Colleen Davis (as Dusty), take to the Spiegeltent stage to celebrate and channel Dusty Springfield, re-imagining her hits and remembering the smoky-voiced pop-soul vocalist who passed away almost two decades ago.
Windmills of my Mind (Burt Bacharach/ Hal David) - Performed by Colleen Davis
I Only Wanna Be With You (Mike Hawker/ Ivor Raymonde) - Performed by Tami Neilson
Island of Dreams (Tom Springfield) - Performed by Tami Neilson
Wishin and Hopin (Burt Bacharach/ Hal David) - Performed by Bella Kalolo
In The Middle of Nowhere (Beatrice Verdi/ Buddy Kaye) - Performed by Bella Kalolo
Anyone Who Had a Heart (Burt Bacharach/ Hal David) - Performed by Anna Coddington
Little By Little (Nanker Phelge/ Phil Spector) - all
24 Hours from Tulsa (Burt Bacharach/ Hal David) - Performed by Bella Kalolo
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (Pino Donaggio/ Vito Pallavicini/ Vicki Wickham/ Simon Napier-Bell) - Performed by Colleen Davis
Look of Love (Burt Bacharach/ Hal David) - Perfromed by Anna Coddington
Spooky (Mike Shapiro/ Harry Middlebrooks Jr/ James Cobb/ Buddy Buie) - Performed by Anna Coddington
I Close my Eyes and Count To Ten (Clive Westlake) - all
Son of a Preacher Man (John Hurley/ Ronnie Wilkins) - Performed by Bella Kalolo
I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself (Burt Bacharach/ Hal David) - Performed by Tami Neilson
In Private (Neil Tennant) - Performed by Colleen Davis
Don't Forget About Me (Gerry Coffin/ Carole King) - all
Dust to Dusky was commissioned and produced by Auckland Arts Festival, and it premiered during the 2016 Auckland Arts Festival.
Musical Director: Steph Brown, Drums: Fen Ikner, Bass: Rui Inaba, Keys/ Guitar: Jonathan Pearce, Guitar: Neil Watson.
Recorded by Andre Upston for Radio New Zealand, 4th March, 2016.