Son of a Preacher Man
And here it is ladies and gentleman, the song that brought Dusty Springfield her first Platinum Record 23 years after the song was released. The one that became one of her trademark songs, and the one which was rejected by Aretha Franklin and later, after hearing Dusty Springfield’s version, was recorded by Aretha Franklin after all.
To me this song has everything: a cool guitar riff, a sexy singing Dusty. This is one of those songs that will stay forever.
The song was written and composed by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins. Released as a single on November the 9th it also became Dusty’s highest single chart entry in Memphis . The song stayed in the Billboard and Cashbox charts for 13 weeks.
Dusty herself was not so happy with this recording. “But I was very inhibited when I made that recording. I can`t walk straight in among strangers, say “Well folks, here I am” and start singing. In London most of the musicians are known to me, I`m more at home, I know what I can get away with! But the longer I was recording there, the less tense I felt. There`s a distinct change from the sound of me on the first tracks recorded, such as “Preacher Man”, to the last ones.”
Dusty wanted to redo the vocals to Preacher Man as she was not happy with it. “It`s a very white record really. When I did it I kept saying to Jerry Wexler, “But I sound terrible, terrible, let me do it again. And he was very calm and said it was fine and that was that.’
This is one of her most performed songs two version are “stand outs” as they were different to how Dusty was singing them usually. The First Version is from 1981 were Dusty was singing it with a different arrangement. (See Clip below) the other version was done as a Duett from the 1985 Anne Murry show ( no footage available)
Dusty`s Version with a different arrangement from 1981.