Dusty was an icon, partly because of her sexuality, but also because she showed that a singer in the sixties, and a female singer at that, could have some control over her career. She could choose what she wanted to record and not just sing songs she was told to. It was arranged and conducted by Ivor Raymonde who later did so much to help the Walker Brothers create such wonderful sounding records.
Tom Springfield was a songwriter and arranger with a wide knowledge of folk music and the group had strong vocal harmonies as well as Dusty's powerful lead. Occupying a musical sphere comparable with that of the contemporary Peter, Paul and Mary , they were signed to Philips Records and released their first single, "Dear John," in , followed by two UK chart hits with "Breakaway" and "Bambino" — like their other records, produced by Johnny Franz. The first recording contract the Springfields signed was offered by producer Johnny Franz at Philips Records in London. With early singles including "Breakaway" and " Bambino ", and numerous television appearances, the trio soon became very popular in the UK. After Feild was replaced by Mike Hurst in February , the Springfields became even more successful. The record also reached No.
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