It’s hard looking back now to believe that Dusty Springfield’s release of Dusty in Memphis was not a commercial success. In fact, the album didn’t crack the top 15 in the UK and just barely scraped into the top 100 on the Billboard chart in the US. Shocking when you consider that in modern times it’s hard to find a greatest albums of all-time list that doesn’t have it mentioned somewhere. So much recognition has the album received that in 2001, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and in 2020 it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry.
Dusty was a massive fan of Soul and idolized Aretha Franklin. Although softer and sultrier, that Aretha sound and power are both clear to hear on ‘Dusty in Memphis’. What Dusty does so well is add a vulnerability to tracks; check out ‘Breakfast in Bed’ and ‘The Windmills of your Mind’. Although not a writer herself, Dusty had some amazing talent on show for the credits on this album including Randy Newman, Burt Bacharach and Carole King. We even have Dusty to thank for Led Zeppelin as she suggested to the heads of Atlantic Records that they should sign the new group having had bass player John Paul Jones play backing for her in several concerts.
The Final Word
“Just a little lovin'
When the world is yawnin'
Makes you wake up feeling
Good things are coming your way”
Till next Time,