My life long Lovestory with

No Easy Way Down

Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King in 1963 who provided 4 from the 11 songs on the album. Carole King recorded this song herself for her debut album writer in 1970. Gerry Goffin once stated that Jerry Wexler picked the four best songs from his collaboration with Carole King for Dusty in Memphis.


I can`t make it alone

The final track ends the album just as brilliantly as the whole album begins. My personal favorite song ever, there is for me no other song from Dusty that touches me as much as this one does. Her voice fits beautifully around the melody and when she sings this one I truly believe every word she is singing.

It has taken a whole new generation to recognize the magic of the moment that took place in those days and nights in Memphis and New York.

Dusty`s thoughts on the Album:

“I hated it at first. I hated it because I couldn’t be Aretha Franklin. If only people like Jerry Wexler could realise what a deflating thing it is to say, Otis Redding stood there. Or, That’s where Aretha sang. Whatever you do, it’s not going to be good enough. Added to the natural critic in me, it was a paralysing experience. I was someone who had come from thundering drums and Phil Spector, and I didn’t understand sparseness. I wanted to fill every space. I didn’t understand that the sparseness gave it an atmosphere. When I got free of that I finally liked it, but it took me a long time. I wouldn’t play it for a year.
“Son Of A Preacher Man was just not good enough. Aretha had been offered it but didn’t record it until after I had, and to this day I listen to her phrasing and go, Goddamit! That’s the way I should have done it: ‘The only one, WHO could ever reach me’ instead of ‘the only one who could EV-er reach me’. Now, if I do it onstage I’ll cop her phrasing! It was a matter of ego, too: if I can’t be as good as Aretha then I’m not gonna do it at all.
“I wasn’t used to singing to a sparse rhythm track. To this day I prefer to sing last, after the strings have been written, because I get moved by a string line or an oboe solo and it will bring things out of me. I was the opposite of the normal thing which is to say, The singer’s the important thing, let’s surround her.”

Source: Mojo, July 1995



Side one

“Just a Little Lovin'” (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) – 2:18
“So Much Love” (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 3:31
“Son of a Preacher Man” (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins) – 2:29
“I Don’t Want to Hear It Anymore” (Randy Newman) – 3:11
“Don’t Forget About Me” (Goffin, King) – 2:52
“Breakfast in Bed” (Eddie Hinton, Donnie Fritts) – 2:57

Side two

“Just One Smile” (Randy Newman) – 2:42
“The Windmills of Your Mind” (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 3:51
“In the Land of Make Believe” (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:32
“No Easy Way Down” (Goffin, King) – 3:11
“I Can’t Make It Alone” (Goffin, King) – 3:57

While listing to all the other versions which have been recorded next to the versions Dusty did, it only points out how good she really was.


Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position Cover
1969 Pop Albums 99

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position Cover
1968 “Son of a Preacher Man” Pop Singles 10 test
1969 “Breakfast in Bed” (B-side) Pop Singles 91 test
1969 “Don’t Forget About Me” Pop Singles 64 test
1969 “Willie & Laura Mae Jones” Pop Singles 78 test
1969 “The Windmills of Your Mind” Adult Contemporary 3 test
1969 “I Don’t Want to Hear it Anymore” (B-Side) Pop Singles 105 test
1969 “In the Land of Make Believe” Pop Singles 113 test

Some Clippings about Dusty in Memphis

Clipping Source:

*taken from Paul Complete Dusty

**taken from wikipedia

***Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis
by Warren Zanes

****taken from an article from “The Oxford American”

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  1. Idrathernot give

    Great work and wonderful videos of the songs.
    I knew her. I was with them IN MEMPHIS at the Rivermont hotel when she was there with Jerry and Tom Dowd And Arif DOING TRACKS. I was there for the party when food ended up all over the room and floor, all started by Dusty.
    I was on the fake plastic black leather-like couch in the dark…head resting against the console the board was resting on… mind blown to hell and back hearing her SING LIKE GOD WAS IN HER THROAT to the track Windmills Of Your Mind with NOTHING but bass, click track and castanets and her ethereal disembodied voice… it was an out of body experience. All in that little s—hole American Studios.
    And I have lived a while and done a lot.
    Thanks for this. Dusty was and still is the greatest white singer out of anywhere from any time.


      She was standing with Jerry in the parking lot
      Her eyes were green and the pavement was hot
      She turned around and looked at me
      I felt my body freeze
      Who is this girl with harlow hair
      Sequins in the morning…she didn’t care
      Dressed in black head to toe
      Omg…what a show

  2. Rob Gallagher

    Do you have a link for the rest of the “Jerry Wexler talking to Alan Smith” article? Thank you.

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