I came across this NYTimes Magazine article...Great words for Dusty...I think Rob Hoerburger is right on the money. Try the link below as the web page includes Dusty video
MARCH 3, 2011, 4:12 PM
Reborn This Way
By ROB HOERBURGER
Lady Gaga’s latest monster hit, “Born This Way,” has sold more than 1.2 million copies already, and there have been almost as many comparisons to Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself.” But the song had another progenitor, from another diva who did interesting things with hair and makeup: Dusty Springfield, the bouffanted and eye-linered British wonder who in the ’60s made half a dozen seminal singles, one critical lodestone of an album (“Dusty in Memphis”) and later lots of other great records that few who were not critics ever heard.
Springfield was a lesbian who only ever had a few toes out of the closet, and her “Born This Way,” recorded for a British comeback album, “Reputation,” in 1990, was as close as she came to publicly embracing her sexuality. The song, pulsed by a post-disco club beat and lots of self-help bromidal lyrics, never got very specific, but you can hear in Springfield’s voice the passion and the pride. Gaga most likely never heard Springfield’s “B.T.W.” — it never had an American release — but as her career progresses, she could do worse than to learn a few things about singing between the lines, which Springfield did without peer. It seemed somehow poetic that Gaga’s “Born This Way” was topping the charts on the anniversary of Springfield’s passing; she died of breast cancer 12 years ago yesterday, a few weeks before being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In a bit of classic-diva confluence, yesterday also would have been the 61st birthday of Karen Carpenter. I was reminded of this last night as I sat in my neighborhood French cafe after a long day of work and heard, over the clink of wineglasses and the swoosh of salades niçoises, that clear, deep well of a voice. It was her first megahit, “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” from 1970, sounding as much at home in an artsy, downtown joint as Holiday or Piaf would. The connections between Springfield and Carpenter are obvious: both were classic pop singers from roughly the same era (Springfield even recorded an early version of “Close to You”), but there are some Carpenter/Gaga parallels as well: each was the most popular singer of her time, and each was adored by millions of young women and gay men. It’s too bad Carpenter never lived to enjoy her second act; she died in 1983, at age 32, after a protracted battle with anorexia nervosa. But we can still raise a glass to her, Springfield (and yes, even Gaga), women with the real vocal DNA.