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Son of a Preacher Man Introduction

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Son of a Preacher Man Introduction

In a Nutshell

When Dusty Springfield recorded "Son of a Preacher Man" in 1968, she took a bold step away from her British pop roots. The R&B recording earned her the title "White Queen of Soul" and won her lasting recognition in the music industry.

But this was far from the only bold step Springfield took over the course of her career. In fact, it was only one of several in which she put her own popularity at risk in order to stretch her audience musically and politically.

Dusty Springfield was a major force within the music industry for only half a decade. And although she was a 1960s superstar, she was never considered an activist or protest singer. It's quite possible that she did more to advance certain political principles than many of the performers who adopted activism as a part of their artistic personas, though.

About the Song

ArtistSpringfield, Dusty
Writer(s)John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins
Producer(s)Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Jeff Barry, Tom Dowd
Musician(s)Dusty Springfield (vocals), Reggie Young (guitar), Tommy Cogbill (bass guitar), Gene Chrisman (drums), Sweet Inspirations (back-up vocals)
Learn to play
AlbumDusty in Memphis

Music Video


Influences on Springfield, Dusty

Peggy Lee
Jo Stafford
Aretha Franklin
Gladys Knight
Astrud Giberto

Influenced by Springfield, Dusty

Linda Ronstadt
Annie Lennox
Karen Carpenter
Kiki Dee
Elton John (the two were reportedly very close)

Son of a Preacher Man Resources


Schoolgirl Dusty
Believe it or not this is Dusty Springfield as a young girl.

The Springfields
Mary O’Brien joined her brother Dion to form this folk trio.

Classic Dusty
Dusty Springfield in her typical concert attire.

Dusty and Martha
One of the Motown greats that Springfield brought to England for her Sounds of Motown special.


Let’s Talk Dusty
This is a solid fan site with a better than average biography and an interesting collection of quotes.

Dusty Fan site
Another good fan site. What separates it are the interesting interviews with people that knew Springfield.

Video & Audio

"Son of a Preacher Man"
From the album Dusty in Memphis

"Son of a Preacher Man" (live)
A television performance of the song

Dusty Springfield: Sixties Superstar
An interesting mini-documentary

Dusty and Diana
Springfield introduces The Supremes on the Sounds of Motown

Aretha Franklin’s Cover
Franklin included this more gospel-heavy rendition on This Girl’s in Love with You.

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