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Blue plaque for Dusty Springfield's Kensington home

  • 8 May 2011
  • From the section London
The blue plaque being unveiled
Dusty Springfield lived in Kensington from 1968 to 1972

A blue plaque has been installed at the former west London home of singer Dusty Springfield.

The plaque replaced the one put up in 2001, which 'disappeared' during renovation work at 38-40 Aubrey Walk in Kensington earlier this year.

Unveiling the plaque, Bee Gees star Robin Gibb described Springfield as "probably the greatest female popular singer in the modern pop rock era".

Springfield, who died in 1999, lived at the home from 1968 to 1972.

Gibb, 61, president of the Heritage Foundation, said: "She is probably the greatest female popular singer in the modern pop rock era - since 1963, there's been no one to match her.

"This includes the United States as well - they can't come close to her. Today they just pose at singing. She was the genuine article.

"I don't think there will ever be anyone that could take the place of Dusty Springfield."

Pat Rhodes, 76, who was Dusty Springfield's PA from 1963 until her death, said: "She was family to me. I miss her every day."

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