Monday, January 31, 2011

11/50: Dusty Springfield "Wishin' and Hopin'"

50 Songs in 50 Days
Dusty Springfield "Wishin' and Hopin'"

I don't know what the hell is up with this youtube video I embedded but it was the only one that I could find! Anyway, this song is a classic. Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien (WHOA!) otherwise known as Dusty Springfield (good call on changing the name, Dusty,) released this top ten hit in 1964. It was first recorded by Dionne Warwick however, Springfield's version is way more widely known and in my opinion, way more epically awesome. Apparently, Springfield also recorded German and Italian speaking versions of the song, which I think is pretty unique since that isn't really done anymore by American pop stars. The song became an international hit for Springfield, one of the reasons are probably because of her recordings in different languages, reaching the top ten in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Dusty Springfield is very underrated, in my opinion. If you haven't listened to too much of her music, definitely give it a shot. Jack and Meg White covered a song of hers, if that helps. If they covered a song of hers, you know she's got to be at least a little awesome.

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