Dusty Springfield has been a huge part of my life! I first met Dusty in 1963 when I was just starting as editor/producer of the most influential and ground breaking British TV music show Ready, Steady, Go! Dusty had just left her successful group, The Springfields, to embark on a solo career. She had impeccable musical taste and introduced me to the great R&B sounds coming from America in 60s which led to many RSG! TV Specials including Ike & Tina Turner, Otis Redding, James Brown and the Sound of Motown. And booking the acts to appear on RSG! amazingly gave me the opportunity to give David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Jimi Hendrix some of their earliest TV appearances, as well as engaging The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Cilla Black, The Animals and of course Dusty. It really was the golden era for popular music - and I found myself, someone who had only previously worked in BBC Radio with the Goons’ producer, slap bang in the centre of 'Swinging London'.
I later worked at Track Records, home to The Who and Jimi Hendrix, which led to my managing a 60s girl group - Patti Labelle and The Bluebelles. Reinventing them as a 70s space-age, revolutionary, feminist funky trio, Labelle, I debuted them at The Met in New York with a smash hit number one single 'Lady Marmalade' (Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?) which led me to a successful career as a music manager with such artists as Cameo, Morrissey, Marc Almond and Holly Johnson.
And in 1986 I became Dusty's manager when she recorded "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" with Pet Shop Boys and managed her until her untimely death in 1999. I co-wrote with Penny Valentine the only authorised Dusty Springfield biography 'Dancing with Demons'. I've been honoured to receive a Life Time Achievement Award from UK's Women in Music and in 2013 I was awarded an OBE for Service to the Music Industry. In addition to my work on Dusty I'm fortunate enough to present and co-produce radio music documentaries for BBC Radio Two.
And just one more thing - I did not want there to be a 'Vicki' in the show and as with several of the others who were in Dusty's life, composite characters have taken over my contributions and presence and it is beyond weird to sit and watch this. But so much better than watching someone portray me!