Just a little Dusty Springfield - by Shelby Lynne

Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:54pm EST
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By Steve James

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For years singer Shelby Lynne had heard the comparisons with Dusty Springfield.

Although flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as the late British singer, Lynne never thought of covering any of her songs, especially those from the iconic "Dusty in Memphis" album, which was released in 1969, when she was just one year old.

But her friend singer Barry Manilow suggested it might be a good move in a career that has sputtered since she won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2001.

"He's a smart guy, and probably he had read all these ... comparisons, which I don't believe in, nor do I like," Lynne said in an interview.

"He thought maybe I could do them (the songs) justice, and I never really thought about ever doing a cover record, period," she added, sipping red wine in a Manhattan hotel bar.

But Lynne was ready to do another album and thought people needed to be reminded about how great a singer Springfield was.

The result is Lynne's new album, "Just A Little Lovin"' (Lost Highway Records), which includes interpretations of nine Springfield songs, including three from "Dusty in Memphis."

Other songs on the album are the Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil-penned title track and a couple of Burt Bacharach/Hal David classics, "The Look of Love" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart," plus Dusty hits "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" and "I Only Want To Be With You."   Continued...

<p>Singer Shelby Lynne poses after she announced the nominations for the 2001 Grammy Awards January 3, 2001 in Beverly Hills. 	 REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>