Choose Between: Dusty Springfield & Ronnie Spector

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I turn this task over to you, fellow ILM-ers, as I've yet to make up my mind.

paul cox (paul cox), Sunday, 23 February 2003 04:18 (eighteen years ago) link

I know I shall be in the minority, but I only wanna be with Dusty.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Sunday, 23 February 2003 05:24 (eighteen years ago) link

...No you won't be, or shouldn't be. How does Ronnie even begin to compare to Dusty?

Michael White, Sunday, 23 February 2003 05:41 (eighteen years ago) link

Ronnie's waaaaaaaaay superior.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 23 February 2003 05:43 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm not sure I've actually ever heard Dusty Springfield, but Ronnie Spector has the sexiest quaver in the history of pop, and sang on some of my favorite records of all time, so her.

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Sunday, 23 February 2003 05:56 (eighteen years ago) link


Dan Brain, Sunday, 23 February 2003 06:05 (eighteen years ago) link

i can't choose.

di smith (lucylurex), Sunday, 23 February 2003 07:14 (eighteen years ago) link

The only songs that come to mind are Look Of Love and 24 Hours From Tulsa, so I'll pick Dusty.

derrick (derrick), Sunday, 23 February 2003 07:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Im still waiting for the 500 word Kate rebuttal.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Sunday, 23 February 2003 07:39 (eighteen years ago) link

Dusty was wonderful, lots of great pop albums and arguably the best soul album by a white person (In Memphis is as good as its rep). Ronnie Spector was one of the great girl pop singers, and made a bunch of supremely glorious pop singles. I can't decide. I'm tempted to say that the fact that Ronnie had to drive around with a model of her husband in the passenger seat to put off other men settles it, except I don't know who it settles it for.

(I prefer Darlene Love to either, by the way...)

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 23 February 2003 13:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Ronnie's fantastic, but Dusty rules. I have one irrefutable argument for this:

Dusty did a comeback single with the Pet Shop Boys.
Ronnie did a comeback single with Eddie Money.

J (Jay), Sunday, 23 February 2003 14:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Definitely Dusty

Paul R (paul R), Sunday, 23 February 2003 16:17 (eighteen years ago) link

I can't choose either. Both great.

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 23 February 2003 18:21 (eighteen years ago) link

Dusty, although she did a lot of melodramatic and over-produced stuff not to my liking. But as a singer, she's infinitely superior to Ronnie Spector. Whom I like too.

"Dusty in Memphis" isn't a soul album, though...what gives people this idea? Because the American studio guys played on it? It's a pop album made in Memphis. And even it were a soul album, it would hardly be the greatest soul record ever made by a white person, has no one here ever heard of Eddie Hinton? Dan Penn?

frank p. jones (frank p. jones), Sunday, 23 February 2003 18:39 (eighteen years ago) link

I think of it as a soul album because the songs and the music and the production style are all soul. Dusty's voice isn't that far away either.

I've talked about Eddie Hinton here before - I love him, but I'm not convinced that any of his albums are better than that. And Dan Penn is among my favourite songwriters, but I don't think he's much of a performer.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 23 February 2003 19:31 (eighteen years ago) link

Whatever you call it, "Dusty in Memphis" is great. I think Penn's "Nobody's Fool" is quite good too.

frank p. jones (frank p. jones), Sunday, 23 February 2003 22:32 (eighteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

Ronnie Spector was fun Saturday night at the Howard Theatre. Struttin around and getting sentimental(she lives in Connecticut near the shooting site; also for John lennon, Joey Ramone & Amy Winehouse), doing Ronettes songs and covering Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" from one of her solo efforts. They were projecting old Ronettes footage and newsppaper clippings and such on the wall behind her and the band.

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2012 15:14 (nine years ago) link

Ronnie did a comeback single with Eddie Money Bruce's E-Streed Band, and made a Billy Joel song something of awesomeness..

Mark G, Monday, 17 December 2012 15:24 (nine years ago) link

You're right. Her Eddie Money duet was ten years later

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2012 15:42 (nine years ago) link

She had quite a few comebacks:
With George Harrison (nice production (PSpec), not a great song. Cool b-side tho.
With "Say goodbye to Hollywood" as above, marv.
With Joey Ramoney, obv.
And the EdMon one, I guess (don't know it)..

.. Enough for people to say "oh, were you away then"? maybe.

Mark G, Monday, 17 December 2012 15:53 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

*bump*ing this misbegotten thread.

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 January 2022 14:28 (one week ago) link

Short answer: no.

Longer answer: FUCK NO. I refuse.

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 13 January 2022 14:29 (one week ago) link

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