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Dusty Springfield | Dusty in Memphis

April 13, 2020

It’s only appropriate that Dusty Springfield’s 1969 record — which found the singer’s vocal sensibilities shifting over to R&B, and to more deliberately paced arrangements — took its time to accumulate the canonical status that it enjoys today. Comparing “Son of a Preacher Man,” the most successful single off Dusty in Memphis, to some of Springfield’s earlier hits makes it easy to imagine the toned-down vocal and instrumental performances on this album as something of a gamble. But the drama…

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