100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: ‘I Only Want To Be With You’- Dusty Springfield. Here is some trivia to tell your friends: During the British Invasion- after The Beatles who was the second artist to make it onto the US Billboard Hot 100 with a hit ? Dusty Springfield in late January 1964 with this song ‘I Only Want To Be With You.’ Dusty Springfield was born in London in 1939- Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien- into a musical family. ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ went to #4 in the UK before crossing the ocean and peaking at #12 in the US Billboard Hot 100. It has become a much covered song- and three other versions have made the charts in both the US and UK- The Bay City Rollers, The Tourists and Samantha Fox. For my money Dusty Springfield was the finest female singer of the British Invasion era and certainly on the short list of best singers period. Dusty Springfield died at the age of 59 in 1999 of cancer. She is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame.
Single: ‘I Only Want To Be With You’/ Written by Mike Hanker and Ivor Raymonte/ Record Company- Philips/ Recorded 1963/ Time: 2:37/ Produced by Johnny Franz/ Released November 8, 1963/ Peaked at #4 in US Billboard Hot 100 and #4 in UK Singles Chart.
Love Dusty Springfield and love this song. She will be showing up in one of my upcoming singles draft selections.
looking forward to your Dusty Springfield singles draft selection 🙂
Shes a pretty woman with a one-of-a-kind voice. Good song but it doesn’t highlight the best features of her voice, imo.
There will be more Dusty in the 100
One of a kind.
Dusty had a great set of pipes. Loved hearing her sing.
I love this song! Dusty’s version of course is the standard but it’s fun to hear all the various covers. One of my favorites is Southside Johnny off of At Least we’ve got shoes
I love Shelby Lynne’s slowed down version.
Just checked it out – yeah that’s really special. Love it
It’s also a testament to the power of the original that it’s been covered in very different genres. Check out this hard rock version from this Danish hard rock band Volbeat
Takes me back! I was just an early teenager when DS was in full swing. Great songs, and a fabulous performer!
Sad life- and died way too young- but what a great artist- and voice!
I love this song! Dusty has a great voice and some awesome songs. Son of a Preacher man always came up as a song that many of the female country singers I’d interview loved and covered.
i remember this song! used to sing it when i was a young kid. Wow, brings back memories! thanks much, friend!