Dusty Springfield Son of a Preacher Man

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Dusty Springfield Son of a Preacher Man

Dusty Springfield Son of a Preacher Man

Blue-Eyed Soul

The song was written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins. It was released first on Dusty Springfield’s 1968 album Dusty in Memphis. The single was also released in 1968 backed with “Just a Little Lovin’ on the B-Side. “Son of a Preacher Man” was an international hit for her, going to #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Cash Box, #9 in the U.K., #6 in Australia, #11 in Canada and Ireland, and #4 in The Netherlands.

The song was originally offered to Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. Aretha’s sister Erma Franklin recorded it in 1969, and Aretha reconsidered the song, releasing it on her 1970 album This Girl’s in Love with You. It has been a popular song for covers, including versions by Skeeter Davis, Bobbie Gentry, Ketty Lester, Liza Minnelli, Nancy Sinatra, Tina Turner, Farmer’s Daughter, Hank Marvin, and Dolly Parton to mention a few.

Dusty Springfield was born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien in West Hampstead, North London, England, in 1939. She joined a group called The Lana Sisters in 1958 and then formed a pop-folk vocal trio The Springfields, which included her brother Tom Springfield and Tim Felid. She began her solo career in 1963 and had hits with “I Only Want to Be with You,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” and “I just Don’t Know What to do With Myself,” “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” and more. She loved pop music as well as soul music and brought Motown artists into the U.K. consciousness. She went on to become one of the Sixties pop stars and best-selling female singers in the world. She had issues with alcoholism and drug dependency. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In her personal life, she was never reported to have a heterosexual relationship and lived for a time with in a domestic partnership with singer Norma Tanega. There were also other romantic relationships with women in Canada and the U.S., including one with photojournalist Faye Harris. Springfield died of cancer in 1999.

Here are the lyrics to “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield:

Billy Ray was a preacher’s son
And when his daddy would visit he’d come along
When they gathered around and started talkin’
That’s when Billy would take me walkin’
Out through the back yard we’d go walkin’
Then he’d look into my eyes
Lord knows, to my surprise

The only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man
The only boy who could ever teach me
Was the son of a preacher man
Yes he was, he was, ooh, yes he was

Bein’ good isn’t always easy
No matter how hard I try
When he started sweet-talkin’ to me
He’d come’n tell me
“Everything is all right”
He’d kiss and tell me
“Everything is all right”
Can I get away again tonight?

The only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man
The only boy who could ever teach me
Was the son of a preacher man
Yes he was, he was, ooh lord he was, yes he was (yes he was)

How well I remember
The look that was in his eyes
Stealin’ kisses from me on the sly
Takin’ time to make time
Tellin’ me that he’s all mine
Learnin’ from each other’s knowin’
Lookin’ to see how much we’ve grown and

The only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man
The only boy who could ever teach me
Was the son of a preacher man
Yes he was, he was, oooh yes he was

He was the sweet-talkin’ son of a preacher man
(The only boy who could ever teach me)
Was the son of a preacher man
(The only one who could ever reach me)
Was the sweet-talkin’ son of a preacher man…

If you are interested in other songs by Dusty Springfield: “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and “I Only Want to Be With You,” which is on Pass the Paisley’s sister site The Daily Doo Wop.

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  1. […] To read about and listen to others song by Dusty Springfield: “I Only Want to Be With You,” which is on Pass the Paisley’s sister site The Daily Doo Wop, and “Son of a Preacher Man.” […]

  2. […] To read about and listen other songs by Dusty Springfield, which areon The Daily Doo Wop’s sister site Pass the Paisley: “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and “Son of a Preacher Man.” […]

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