The 70 Hottest Women of The '70s

Dusty Springfield

Known In The '70s For: Singing "Son of a Preacher Man" and other blue-eyed soul classics

Dusty Springfield was a mega-star at the dawn of the '70s. Her most acclaimed album, Dusty In Memphis, had been released in 1969. It contained the career-defining 1968 single "Son of a Preacher Man." She performed her wide selection of hits on tour in the early years of the decade, but her albums didn't sell as well as Dusty In Memphis had, and she didn't put a song on the pop charts at any time in the decade.

Part of this may be attributed to the fact that people were getting nosy about her sexuality, and she chose to live as a recluse in the United States, first with her lover Norma Tanega, a singer, and then with Faye Harris, a photojournalist. In 1970, she told London's Evening Standard, "Many other people say I'm bent, and I've heard it so many times that I've almost learned to accept it ... I know I'm perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy. More and more people feel that way and I don't see why I shouldn't."

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