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.