DiscoverThe Secret Life of Songs#5 - Son of a Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield
#5 - Son of a Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield

#5 - Son of a Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield

Update: 2020-06-17
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The story of Billy-Rae, the preacher's son, and the singer of 'Son of a Preacher Man', stealing away from their parents to discover love in the back yard is contained in one of the most familiar and enduringly popular songs of the 1960s. The scene Dusty Springfield paints with such flair is one of the deep American South, so it might come as a surprise to learn that she was born Mary O'Brien in Enfield, north London, with Catholic parents originally from County Kerry. How - and why - did Springfield choose such a distant musical culture to inhabit in this celebrated song about sexual discovery? I look at the role the 'blues style' plays in the song, as well as the songwriters' brilliant use of song structure, in order to address questions of race and sexuality in blues-influenced pop music of the era.

You can listen to the original recording of 'Son of a Preacher Man' here. If you've enjoyed the episode please leave a review on Apple podcasts! Thank you :)

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#5 - Son of a Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield

#5 - Son of a Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield

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