Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man - 1968

Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man (1968)

Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" is a song that resonates through the ages, capturing the essence of the late 1960s with its soulful melody and profound storytelling. Dusty Springfield, a British icon of soul and pop music, delivered this track with a passion and depth that marked a high point in her illustrious career.

Background and Release

The song "Son of a Preacher Man" was written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins and was initially intended for Aretha Franklin. However, Franklin turned it down, and Dusty Springfield seized the opportunity to add it to her album "Dusty in Memphis." The track was released in 1968 and quickly became a hit, reaching high positions on various international music charts.

Musical Style and Reception

With its blend of pop, soul, and rhythm and blues, "Son of a Preacher Man" stands out for its distinctive sound. The song's arrangement, coupled with Springfield's emotive vocal performance, garnered critical acclaim and has been remembered as one of her most iconic tracks.


Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

Which year was "Son of a Preacher Man" released? (1968) (!1972) (!1965) (!1970)

Who originally wrote "Son of a Preacher Man"? (John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins) (!Carole King and Gerry Goffin) (!Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) (!Burt Bacharach and Hal David)

For which album was "Son of a Preacher Man" recorded? (Dusty in Memphis) (!A Girl Called Dusty) (!Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty) (!Stay Awhile/I Only Want to Be with You)

Which artist initially turned down the song before Dusty Springfield recorded it? (Aretha Franklin) (!Cilla Black) (!Dionne Warwick) (!Lulu)

What musical styles does "Son of a Preacher Man" primarily blend? (Soul, pop, and rhythm and blues) (!Jazz, blues, and folk) (!Rock, country, and blues) (!Disco, funk, and soul)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Dusty Springfield's real name? (Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien) (!Diana Dors) (!Mary Quant) (!Sandie Shaw)

In which city was Dusty Springfield born? (London) (!Liverpool) (!Manchester) (!Birmingham)

Which of the following genres was Dusty Springfield most associated with? (Soul and pop) (!Rock and roll) (!Jazz) (!Classical)

In which decade did Dusty Springfield start her solo career? (1960s) (!1950s) (!1970s) (!1980s)

Dusty Springfield was known for her distinctive vocal style. Which of these elements was NOT typical for her singing? (Extensive use of vocal fry) (!Powerful emotive delivery) (!Blue-eyed soul style) (!Precise diction and phrasing)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What does the "Son of a Preacher Man" manage to do according to the song's lyrics? (Teach the narrator about love) (!Save the narrator from loneliness) (!Write a song for the narrator) (!Travel the world with the narrator)

In the song, where do the narrator and the "Son of a Preacher Man" often meet? (By the riverside) (!In the town square) (!At the local diner) (!In a secret garden)

What aspect of the "Son of a Preacher Man" is repeatedly emphasized in the song? (His sweetness) (!His wisdom) (!His strength) (!His adventurous spirit)

According to the song, what was the only one who could ever reach the narrator? (The son of a preacher man) (!The teacher in school) (!The boy next door) (!The singer in the band)

Which of the following lines is NOT from "Son of a Preacher Man"? (!"He kissed my lips, it felt like a hit") ("Being good isn't always easy, no matter how hard I try") ("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")


Dusty Springfield Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien
Album Dusty in Memphis
Original Songwriters John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins
Initial Artist Intended Aretha Franklin
Song Genre Soul, Pop, and Rhythm and Blues

Open Tasks


  1. Research Dusty Springfield: Find out more about Dusty Springfield's early life and her journey into music.
  2. Explore the 1960s Music Scene: Discover other prominent artists and songs from the 1960s and how they influenced music.
  3. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of Dusty Springfield's songs and share your thoughts on each track.


  1. Analyze the Lyrics: Write an analysis of the lyrics of "Son of a Preacher Man" and discuss the storytelling aspect.
  2. Music and Culture in the 1960s: Explore how "Son of a Preacher Man" reflects the culture and social issues of the 1960s.
  3. Cover Versions: Research and compare different artists' cover versions of "Son of a Preacher Man."


  1. Vocal Analysis: Analyze Dusty Springfield's vocal technique in "Son of a Preacher Man" and compare it with other songs of hers.
  2. Musical Influence: Discuss how "Son of a Preacher Man" has influenced modern music and artists.
  3. Dusty Springfield's Legacy: Write an essay on the impact of Dusty Springfield's music on the music industry and society.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss Dusty Springfield's Influence: How did Dusty Springfield influence the music scene in the 1960s, and how does her legacy continue to impact modern music?
  2. Song Analysis: Apart from "Son of a Preacher Man," pick another song by Dusty Springfield and discuss its musical and lyrical significance.
  3. Compare and Contrast: Compare "Son of a Preacher Man" with another hit song from the 1960s in terms of theme, musical style, and cultural impact.
  4. The Role of Storytelling in Music: Discuss how storytelling through lyrics plays a vital role in music, using "Son of a Preacher Man" as an example.
  5. Music Evolution: How has the genre of soul music evolved from the 1960s to the present, and what role did artists like Dusty Springfield play in this evolution?

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