Dusty Springfield – Single: Son of a Preacher Man
This classic, written by Muscle Shoals composers John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins, was originally intended for Aretha Franklin. Franklin did record it, but producer Jerry Wexler determined it wasn’t the right fit for her album. Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin then produced Springfield’s version, released 50 years ago today, and it was a major international hit from her album Dusty in Memphis. The song reached #10 in the US and #9 in her native UK. It’s considered one of the all-time greatest singles by a number of music publications. It’s also quite popular with sorority girls, as I found out a number of years ago when working as a party-pic photographer in a college town.
Side A: Son of a Preacher Man
Side B: Just a Little Lovin’