Son of a Preacher Man

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"Son of a Preacher Man"
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Single by Dusty Springfield
from the album Dusty in Memphis
B-side "Just a Little Lovin'"
Released November 8, 1968
Format 7"
Recorded American Studios, Memphis, Tennessee: September 1968
Genre Blue-eyed soul, R&B
Length 2:29
Label Atlantic (US), Philips (Canada)
Songwriter(s) John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins
Producer(s) Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Jeff Barry, Tom Dowd
Dusty Springfield singles chronology
"Don't Forget About Me"
"Son of a Preacher Man"
"Willie & Laura Mae Jones"
"Don't Forget About Me"
"Son of a Preacher Man"
"Willie & Laura Mae Jones"
Dusty in Memphis track listing
"So Much Love"
"Son of Preacher Man"
"I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore"
Audio sample

"Son of a Preacher Man" is a song recorded by British singer Dusty Springfield in September 1968 and featured on the album Dusty in Memphis. It was written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins.

Springfield's version was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin for her first album for the Atlantic Records label and became an international hit reaching No.10 in the United States and No.9 in her native UK when released in late 1968. The album Dusty in Memphis was released in stereo though its singles were remixed and released in mono. "Son of a Preacher Man" was to be the last Top Ten chart hit for the artist for almost 20 years until she teamed up with Pet Shop Boys for the single "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" in 1987.

The song was originally offered to American Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. However, it was recorded by Aretha's elder sister Erma Franklin and was included on her 1969 Brunswick album Soul Sister. It was only upon hearing Springfield's version that Aretha Franklin reconsidered and recorded the song herself including it on her 1970 album, This Girl's in Love with You. Her version charted only as a less popular a-side of the b-side hit single "Call Me".


The writers of Rolling Stone magazine placed the release at No.77 among The 100 Best Singles of the Last 25 Years in 1987. The record was placed at No.43 of the Greatest Singles of All Time by the writers of New Musical Express in 2002. In 2004, the song made the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[1] at No.240.

In 1994 the song was featured in a scene of the film Pulp Fiction. The film's soundtrack reached No. 21 on the Billboard 200 went platinum (100,000 units) in Canada alone.[2] "Son of a Preacher Man" helped to sell over two million units of the album[3] and to help it reach number six on the charts according to SoundScan.[4] Quentin Tarantino has been quoted on the "Collectors Edition" DVD of Pulp Fiction as saying that he probably would not have filmed the scene in which the song is featured had he not been able to use it.

The song is also featured in the film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, during scenes depicting Kenneth Lay, ex-Enron CEO and son of a Baptist minister, and on an episode of Hindsight. In the 2008 television episode of the American series The Office entitled "Baby Shower", Jan Levinson, played by Melora Hardin, is filmed singing "Son of a Preacher Man" as a lullaby to her newborn daughter Astrid.[5] Later in the episode Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) describes the bizarre scene to his fiance Pam Beesley (Jenna Fischer) noting the song is about "losing your virginity next to a church".

Samples from "Son of a Preacher Man" were used on Cypress Hill's "Hits from the Bong" on their album Black Sunday.

Melissa Manchester has paid tribute to Dusty Springfield by performing the song live in recent years.[citation needed]

The song is also featured in the 2016 video game Mafia III. [6]

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  1. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  2. ^ Billboard; 1/28/95, Vol. 107 Issue 4, p62, 1/2p
  3. ^ Billboard, 00062510, 4/20/96, Vol. 108, Issue 16
  4. ^ Christian Science Monitor, 08827729, 9/8/97, Vol. 89, Issue 198
  5. ^ The Office [1], Season 5 Episode 3, aired Thursday, October 16. 2008
  6. ^ Makuch, Eddie. "Mafia 3's Excellent Soundtrack Revealed, Contains These 100-Plus Songs". Gamespot. Gamespot. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "RPM Country Tracks". RPM. 10 April 1995. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 36. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  9. ^ "Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Svensktoppen". 1969. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Nichols, James Michael (14 March 2016). "‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ Gets Reimagined As Heartbreaking Gay Romance - A powerful, somber take on the Dusty Springfield classic". Huffington Post, Queer Voices. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 

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