The Springfields were a British pop-folk vocal trio who had success in the early 1960s in the UK, US and Ireland. They included singer Dusty Springfield and her brother, record producer Tom Springfield, along with Tim Field, who was replaced by Mike Hurst.
A former member of an all-girl singing trio known as The Lana Sisters, Mary "Dusty" O’Brien formed the trio by joining with with her brother, Dion O'Brien and Tim Field, who were previously "The Kensington Squares." Dion changed his name to Tom Springfield while Mary became Dusty Springfield. Tom was a songwriter and arranger with a wide knowledge of folk music, and the group had strong vocal harmonies as well as Dusty’s powerful lead. Occupying a musical sphere comparable with that of the contemporary "Peter, Paul and Mary," they were signed to Philips Records and released their first single, "Dear John," in 1961, followed by two UK chart hits with "Breakaway" and "Bambino," produced by Johnny Franz through Philips Records in London.
The Springfields eventually became very popular in the UK and made numerous television appearances, including the November 4, 1961 episode of "The Benny Hill Show."
After Tim Field was replaced by Mike Hurst, the Springfields became even more successful. In 1961, they starred in their own 15-minute music TV series, "The Springfields," on the BBC.
In 1962, their version of "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" reached #23 on the US Top 20 Billboard, the first single by a British group ever to do so, predating the Tornados’ "Telstar" by two months, and The Beatles by 15 months. The record also reached #1 in Australia and featured lead guitar by Judd Proctor, selling over one million copies and awarded a gold disc.
Their next single, "Island of Dreams," rose to the UK #5 at the beginning of 1963 and stayed in the charts for six months, followed by "Say I Won’t Be There", which was #5 in the UK Singles Chart. By this point, the Springfields were one of the most popular groups in the UK and had several chart hits. However, Dusty Springfield felt limited by the group's folk act and Tom's lead role within the trio and decided to leave for a solo career by the end of 1963 at which point the group disbanded. Tom went on to write a number of songs for the Australian pop-folk band, The Seekers, which included the No.1 hits, "I'll Never Find Another You" and "The Carnival Is Over."
In the early 1970s, Mike Hurst teamed up with former Seeker Keith Potger to launch "Springfield Revival," a more contemporary version of The Springfields with a new line-up. This group supported The Osmonds on tour and made two albums for Polydor in the UK and one for MGM in the US but without any chart success. Jones and Flynn are currently members of The New Seekers.