500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Dusty Springfield, 'Son of a Preacher Man'
Writers: John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins
Producer: Jerry Wexler
Released: Nov. '68, Atlantic
12 weeks; No. 10
Springfield was white and English but sang as if born with black American soul. In 1968, newly signed to Atlantic and under the tutelage of its star producer Wexler, she went to the mecca of Dixie R&B to record the gospel-tinged Dusty in Memphis. She ended up doing her vocals in New York, but no matter: Her deep, heated voice captured the carnal fire of the South
Appears on: Dusty in Memphis (Rhino)