We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Hands down, my all-time favourite female artist. Starting with the early 60's sound she helped to usher in while still part of The Springfields and their "Silver Threads and Golden Needles." I loved every single she ever released thereafter.
Her "Dusty in Memphis" album, released in '70 or '71, is probably one of the most soulful and well produced albums ever to delve into that musical category, and if I'm not mistaken, has been recognized as one of the 100 all-time album releases.
I can remember seeing her on TV circa 1963/64, and being absolutely dumbstruck at her beauty and composure. Her hands and the expression on her face throughout the song she sang left me with goosebumps all over my young teen-aged body.
Then, there was the period of time from 1973 until the mid to late 80's, when nary a word about her was spoken. There were some reports now and then about her health, or lack thereof, and it always caused me pain to read about it.
It was, I believe, in the late 80's that she teamed up with the Pet Shop Boy's and recorded a song who's name conveniently escapes me. Though, to be fair, I thought she did a very credible job on it, even though her vocal prowess had been brought down a peg or two, due mostly to her smoking and drinking for years upon years.
It was the finality of her untimely death from breast cancer in 1999, that finally took Dusty away from all of us. Though, I still think of her from time to time, and will always admire and revere those vocal qualities she brought to bear, as well as the music I mistakenly thought no white girl up to the task of singing.