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Elkner Gives a Dusty Revival

Elkner Gives a Dusty Revival

Who: Maureen Elkner
Where: Western Suburbs Leagues Club
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Saturday October 20, 2001

DUSTY Springfield may have died but her voice lives on in a performance by Maureen Elkner called A Girl Called Dusty. A Girl Called Dusty will appear at Wests Leagues Club on Saturday.

Springfield is labelled as the only white woman who could ever sing soul, yet this reflects only one aspect of a woman who has successfully recorded jazz, blues, R&B, soul, pop, rock, techno, dance, stage musical and opera.

During Elkner's tribute to the star, she recreates Springfield's classics in a striking performance and captures both the voice and look of the British singer.

Dusty Springfield began her career as a member of The Springfields and recording commercial folk music until she left to explore American soul music. Her first solo single I Only Want To Be With You achieved gold status in the UK and began to establish the link between soul and pop which Dusty made as her trademark.

Her third single I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself made it to number three, only to be held back from the top slot by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. From 1963 to 1969 she made the UK chart seventeen times, scoring ten top ten singles including You Don't Have To Say You Love Me. After making a number of comebacks in the late 70s and early 80s, Springfield shot back into the charts when she joined the Pet Shop Boys in 1987 on What Have I Done To Deserve This. Dusty passed away in 1999.

Elkner performs all the hits including Goin' Back, Stay Awhile, All I See Is You, Wishin' And Hopin', What's It Gonna Be, I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself and Son Of A Preacher Man. Tickets are on sale now from Wests Leagues Club.

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