89) Dusty in Memphis

Dusty Springfield

Posted Nov 01, 0003 12:00 AM

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Born in London, Springfield was a great soul singer hidden inside a white British pop queen -- racking up Motown-style hits such as "I Only Want to Be With You" -- when Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler brought her way down South, to Memphis, to make this album. She was so intimidated by the idea of recording with session guys from her favorite Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding hits that she never sang a note there. Her vocals were overdubbed in New York. But the result was blazing soul and sexual honesty ("Breakfast in Bed," "Son of a Preacher Man") that transcended both race and geography.

Total album sales: Under 500,000

Peak chart position: 99

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