Lyricist Hal David, the songwriting partner of Burt Bacharach, has died. He was 91. The David-Bacharach collaborations are among the glories of 1960s pop. They wrote so many amazing songs, but I have to say, of all the artists they worked with, my favorite is the great Dusty Springfield . . . which is why I’ve chosen the following video as a tribute. It features Dusty, joined by Martha Reeves (and the Vandellas), duetting on her big Bacharach-David hit, “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” and it’s a little piece of girl group heaven. The interplay between Dusty and Martha is delightful, and the awesome beehive hairdos are the icing on the cake!


Dusty Springfield& Martha Reeves – Wishing and… by moriganne

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Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee