Set in 1970’s Los Angeles, the film “Soul of Blue Eye” explores Dusty Springfield’s life at the pivotal moment where the term ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ become known through her album “Dusty in Memphis.” Its focus is on the struggle she faced daily that came to a head at one interview with Atlantic Records.
Her road was not an easy one. Dusty fought a constant battle between her love for her girlfriend, and keeping up appearances in the public eye. Her relationship suffered under the suffocating stress of living in a society plagued with rampant homophobia. Coming out in that time period would likely promise a lifetime of social bullying for both her and her lover.
“I find Dusty Springfield’s story compelling and underrated,” says Jesse Brunt, Director. “Her achievements are rarely recognized, and her contributions to music almost never spoken of. I made this film to help fix that. Her life has much to contribute to a contemporary audience.”
“Son of a Preacher Man” is one of the most recognizable songs in soul music today. It’s played on thousands of shop radios, kept alive in classic rock/soul stations, and the smooth, smoky-edge timber of Dusty’s voice influences artists of all ages today. The song, originally offered to Aretha Franklin, cemented Dusty Springfield’s career into the heart of American music history despite her blond-haired, blue-eyed British origins. She once commented that if people only knew her by her music, they would think she was a black woman.
Producer, Bob Bekian, saw the potential of this movie, and was happy to offer up his studio, equipment, and knowledge to the project. “What interested me most about the Dusty Springfield story was the relationship she had with Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, who are two of my favorite artists. She recognized their incredible talent and helped launch both of their careers in the late 60’s.”
The music industry owes much to her efforts and powerful charisma, not just because of her voice, but of what she accomplished behind the scenes. Were it not for her influence, the world may have never known the legendary rock sounds of Led Zeppelin, or marked the 60’s with the guitar riffs of Jimi Hendrix. She is responsible for convincing the agents at her label to listen to Led Zepplin’s music, and ultimately sign them. The death of Jimi Hendrix, hit her hard. She lost an amazing colleague, and a long-time friend.
“Soul of Blue Eye” stars Paige Segal (“The Day the Music Died”), who gives a spark of life, attitude, and vulnerability to the persona of one of the worlds most famous soul singers.