Monday, June 17, 2024

Listen to Adele’s Direct Predecessors: Dusty Springfield and Alison Moyet


Adele has a terrific voice, but she’s not the first British singer with big, bad pipes. Adele’s direct predecessors are the legendary Dusty Springfield — who died in 1999 weeks short of her 60th birthday– and the wonderful Alison Moyet.

Here’s Dusty singing “Yesterday When I  Was Young.” This will remind you of a couple of Adele’s new tracks, particularly “Millions of Years Ago”:

And then there’s Alison Moyet, who is only 54 and most definitely still an active recording artist. Alison was the lead singer of Yaz, a British new wave group, before she went out on her own.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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