February 15 – Dusty Springfield, Sly & Family Stone

1964

British singer, ‘White Queen of Soul’ Dusty Springfield breaks into the US top-40 (headed for US#12, UK#4) with her first solo single I Only Want to Be with You.
 
Recorded while she’s still part of The Springfields, it’s the lead track on her first US album Stay Awhile/I Only Want to Be with You, which follows in June, 1964. Wishin’ And Hopin’ 
 
With fans in the millions, in 1987 Dusty teams up with the Pet Shop Boys in What Have I Done to Deserve This?, in a US#2, UK#2 and her greatest hit.
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1969

San Francisco rock, funk, soul band Sly and the Family Stone enjoy their first US#1 for 4 weeks with Everyday People.
 
Written by Sly Stone (as are most of their songs), it’s included on 4th studio album Stand! released May 3. So is I Want to Take You Higher, part of one of the best performances at Woodstock that August and seen in the documentary film. In 2003 Rolling Stone ranks the album #118 in its Top 500.
 
The band continues to record into 1982.  ( Website

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