The only one who could ever reach me

Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield is one of my best karaoke songs and happens to be one of my mums’ favourites. This week I posted a cover of said song by Aretha Franklin (it’s fucking fantastic) to the outcry of:

I love this song, but I still prefer Dusty Springfield's version
Yes, my mum is a cat.

So, seeing this as a challenge (as one does), I did a quick google search and came across a helpful list of covers I could listen to, to see 1. If I could find a better version than the original that wasn’t Aretha and 2. Whether I could become sick of the song.

I managed to listen to 48 different versions from those listed here, which isn’t too bad, but it’s less than half. Still, the best stuff is always going to be available somewhere, so I’m not too upset. I’m not someone to rate a song out of a number or give it some stars, but for this exercise, I did and felt wrong doing so. Two versions did receive 0 points, but they thoroughly deserved it.

So in descending order, my top 10 versions of  “Son of a Preacher man”:

10. Shannon & Keast – 2019

9. Dina Carroll – 2001

8. Tina Turner (and Ike) and the Ikettes – 1969.

(It’s actually “Ike and Tina Turner and the Ikettes”, but fuck Ike).

7. Linda Eder – 2002

6. The Honey Cone – 1970

5. The Carnival – 1969

4. Joan Osborne Band – 1991 

3. Erma Franklin – 1969

2.Dusty Springfield – 1968

1. Aretha Franklin – 1970

There you have it. I will not apologise for preferring Aretha over Dusty, but if you can persuade me, then please buy me a drink and educate this tired soulful soul.

Loves xoxo


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