By Sharon Davis
Dusty Springfield is a pop tune legend. Goddess of the sixties, reluctant recluse of the seventies, enigmatic icon of the eighties and nineties, she attracted a passionate following. A perfectionist in her paintings, she used to be a shy, awkward woman off degree. yet who fairly knew her? Who used to be the true girl in the back of the black mascara and backcombed hair?
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37 No one matching a description of Uncle Jerry Belcher appears in official records, so whether he actually existed is a mystery. There is a photo that Bill gave to the Bruynoghes of what could be a light-skinned black man with a shock of frizzy white hair, dressed in a white suit and standing on a street in front of some stores, dating from roughly the 1940s. ” but no family members recognize the man, and none recall an Uncle Jerry from their youths of the 1930s, ’40s, or ’50s. Although Mittie’s father is listed on her 1956 death certificate as “Jerry Belchaire,” he is absent from family documents and recollections.
The smaller section that lies between Little Rock and Pine Bluff is higher and drier, and was home to plentiful stands of pine that supported a thriving timber industry in the early twentieth century. The larger portion mainly consists of land that is reliably fertile because it is constantly damp or wet. ”8 From the eighteenth century onward, man-made levees guarded the farms and homes against flooding. During the period in which the Bradley family lived in Jefferson County, the majority of the county’s residents were African American.
B. Lenoir were unknown to club owners and record producers, Bill was one of the established musicians who helped each of them. Like sharecropping, the music business was a tough and often profoundly unfair one, but a more experienced man could offer younger ones some assistance and guidance, and with that, perhaps, they could develop their skills and succeed. How much farming Frank Bradley actually did during Bill’s childhood is not clear. The 1900 census lists his occupation as “Farmer,” but by the 1910 census he had moved both geographically and occupationally.
A Girl Called Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of Dusty Springfield by Sharon Davis