This was the first song I ever heard by British performer Dusty Springfield. It was also my favorite by Dusty, who was a class act. It is interesting to note that “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” was originally a 1965 Italian song by Pino Donaggio and Vito Pallavicini. In English speaking countries Dusty had the big hit in 1966. There is a story that goes with the recording session. It has been reported that Dusty was unhappy with the acoustics in the recording booth, so she moved into a hallway to record. She wasn’t satisfied until she had completed 47 takes. Then it was a wrap.
I guess I am not the only one who liked this one, because it became Dusty’s most successful charting record — #1 in the UK, #4 in the US (Billboard Hot 100) on My 21, 1966. Elvis covered the song in 1970 and it was a hit all over again. Other popular songs by Dusty included “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” “If You Go Away,” and “The Windmills Of Your Mind.”
In 1999 Springfield passed away, a victim of cancer. She was 59 years of age. This performance was part of a 1967 BBC “Dusty Springfield” TV special.
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