A camp icon of glamorous excess with her towering beehive hairdo and heavy black mascara, Dusty Springfield is acclaimed as one of the greatest popular music voices ever. Also an icon to gay and lesbian culture, she claimed she learned her make-up techniques from female impersonators.
On an album shelved for years was a track called, “Beautiful Soul,” in which Springfield sang of love for a woman.
It was the first and only time the self-professed bisexual dared to do so.
Today, the song is often heard at lesbian weddings and commitment ceremonies worldwide.
Just before her death in 1999, Springfield was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Her song “Beautiful Soul” was released sometime after her death.
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 9:03am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
On Thursday, Diversity Richmond, in partnership with WRIR, will host its third radio show, this time on LGBT sexuality and in front of a live audience. The organization’s new monthly series that broadcasts on 97.3 FM addresses LGBT issues. Diversity Richmond’s first show launched two months ago and featured SAGE Central Virginia, a program Diversity [...]