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I Only Want To Be With You
Dusty Springfield
Dusty was hailed as one of the finest singers to come out of Britain and the extent of her international fame is such that many people think she must have been American. Never confined to a genre, her voice was as suited to jazz as it was to Pet Shop Boys' electronica.
Dusty Springfield
Song facts
Composer Mike Hawker/Ivor Raymond
Genre Pop
Album A Girl Called Dusty
Released 1963
UK Chart 4
But it was as the queen of white soul that she was acclaimed.

Mike Hawker had had success a couple of years earlier with 'Walking Back to Happiness' with a 15-year-old Helen Shapiro. He wrote 'I Only Want To Be With You' with Ivor Raymond and a slightly older Dusty, 24, took it to No. 4 in the UK in November 1963.  Not bad for a debut, it marked the start of a 40-year career for its vocalist.

The lyrics of 'I Only Want to be With You' recall the initial buzz of falling in love or, more probably, the intensity of a teenage crush. "Look what has happened with just one kiss, I never knew that I could be in love like this." A classic early '60s girl-meets-boy narrative, though the reality is more likely some unsuspecting fella has asked a girl to dance and now she's utterly besotted and wants to spend every moment of the day with him.

Hawker and Raymond only further wrote 'Stay Awhile' for Dusty, which also appeared on the album A Girl Called Dusty. She went on to worldwide fame with songs penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and, following a downturn in the '70s, won a new generation of fans when she teamed with the Pet Shop Boys in 1987 for 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?'

Susan McFarland

Dusty on her musical upbringing
Dusty Springfield
Many of Dusty's songs were chosen from across the Atlantic. Taking songs that wouldn't be released in the UK and making them her own. 

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Annie Lennox
 Before the Eurythmics Annie and Dave Stewart formed the Tourists and had success with this single. It went to no. 4 in the UK charts in 1979.

Dusty's choice of songs has always been part of her creative style

Chris, London

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