Surf Music and Seventies Soul: The Songs of 'Pulp Fiction'

Take a song-by-song tour of the groundbreaking film's bestselling soundtrack

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Dusty Springfield, "Son of a Preacher Man"

Producer Jerry Wexler recalls originally offering "Son of a Preacher Man" to Aretha Franklin and her turning it down; within a year of Dusty Springfield's recording, the Queen of Soul wanted it back. British-born singer Dusty Springfield ended up releasing the track as a single in 1968 and Wexler had no doubts she was the perfect fit for the song after all, calling her "the incarnation of white soul, if there is such a thing," in a 1988 issue of Rolling Stone.

The track plays as John Travolta's Vincent Vega character speaks to the coke-snorting Mia Wallace over an intercom, trying to picture just how she looks. "I've had [that scene] in my head for six or seven years," Tarantino said in 1994, "and it always was scored to 'Son of a Preacher Man.'"

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