Friday, November 16, 2018

Your Friday Moment of Why Didn't I Get the Memo? (Special The Queen of Soul Edition)

From 1970, please enjoy the late great Aretha Franklin and her astounding version of "Son of a Preacher Man."

I am embarrassed to confess that I hadn't heard that until last week, when friend of PowerPop Capt. Al played it on his intertube radio show.

I should also add that, like any right-thinking sentient humanoid, I am a huge fan of Dusty Springfield, and think that her hit recording of that song is one of the greatest things ever.

That said, Aretha's take on it is just on a whole other level.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


Gummo said...


cthulhu said...

Respectable, but overall I prefer Dusty’s version. This one is a bit oversouled for my tastes. I wonder what Evie Sands could have done with this song though...

pete said...

She's changing the phrasing in key places, which is understandable given the holy-grail status of the original, but these changes don't make it swing. But when she goes full Aretha nothing else matters.