A JAZZ singer and actor who duetted with Dusty Springfield is to have his track released by a major record company, more than 50 years after they first sang together.
Peter Miles, of Bradley Gardens, West Ealing, was a close friend of hers while in their late teens and often used to visit her at her home in Kent Gardens, West Ealing.
He met the star through her brother, Tom, after he joined him in a four part male voice choir.
He said: "We used to sing a lot in her kitchen, me and her and Tom and the two other guys.
"She liked what I did musically and said 'why don't we make a record together?'
"I think Dusty would have agreed with me that she was always insecure, I never knew why that was. She was always a perfectionist, would always say she hadn't done it well enough even when top musicians and producers would say it's perfect.
"But she wasn't as demanding before she was famous. We rehearsed it at her home and it only only took one or two takes and she said we'd got it. She was very professional even then.
"We recorded it in a studio in Queensway which was cheap but still good, it doesn't exist any more.
I did spoken ad-libs between some of the lines – she'd sing 'who's to blame' and I'd say 'mostly you' and she'd give a little laugh.
"She loved comedy, she and her brother had a great sense of humour, the more ridiculous the better.
"They were both very introverted, private people. What you saw was what you got with dusty. If she wanted to be quiet, she was quiet, if she wanted to be witty, she was witty."
Dusty's and Mr Mile's duet is part of a rarities disc to be released by Universal in January.
The timing could not be better for Mr Miles who has become a successful jazz singer and who works with top musicians after years of hard work perfecting his style. It follows on from 25 years as a professional actor, playing parts in well-known shows like Doctor Who.
He added: "I've been a jazz singer for 15 years and I'm playing in top clubs and now getting great feedback from musicians and others."
As for Dusty, he says she was a big part of his life and still has clear memories of their friendship.
He said: "I have a picture of Dusty in my mind sitting in her sitting room at home. It was her last year at school, an RC convent school in Northfields, and she still had straight red hair. She was day dreaming staring at a magazine on the floor. It was about America and I thought 'she's hooked'. She had a thing about America.
"It's difficult to say the last time I saw her, I think it was in Liverpool in 1967. I was in a play at the Liverpool Play House and she was down the road at the Empire. I went to the door and said I'm a friend of Dusty's, a real friend from Ealing.
"We gradually lost contact, I'd become a busy actor and she had become famous.
"I suppose I took it for granted that I'd known her so well for so long but I guess there aren't many blokes who have sung with Dusty."
Peter Miles next gig is at the Bull's Head in Barnes, with the Duncan Lamont Quartet.