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Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Susan » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:07 am

Hello everybody,

as you may know I`m writing for a german soul magazine and I`m going to write a review about Dusty in Memphis.
I want to write it as accurate a possible and it would be great if some of you could provide some material or things they heard about the session. Pictures would great I will try to clear the copyright if possible. I really need all the help I can get as we are having a young audience and it would be great if I would be able to get them to want to know about Dusty.
Thanks for your help. I will write the review in english and german and of course give credit where it belongs.
If you have questions, please let me know.
The magazine www.soultrainonline.de I`m also writing for souldisco.de (which just started)
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Corinna » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:01 am

To get you started with your research, lots of articles from the time can be found in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=4675&start=740&hilit=memphis

Studio musicians talking about Dusty in Memphis at 1:55



Photos from the recording session (with Tom Dowd):

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And, of course, Warren Zanes has written a book about Dusty in Memphis.

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Good luck, and let us know if you have any other specific questions.
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Sweetbaby » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:54 pm

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There's a fairly detailed account of the recording of DIM in the book Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios by Roben Jones which is available in a preview edition at books.google.com: the DIM account is in Chapter 14 which is entitled Early Departures & Late Arrivals.
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Susan » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:22 am

Brilliant thanks a lot the two of you for the input!!!
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Susan » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:50 am

Hello everybody,
did somebody still have the tape/mp3 from the show about DIM?
http://www.dustyspringfield.org.uk/ltd_ ... _radio.pdf
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby darren2722 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:29 am

Hi Susan, Good luck with your enterprise. I don't think this was the Radio Programme you had in mind, but here's another programme on Dusty In Memphis I uploaded to youtube. https://youtu.be/sYs9DaiRzCA
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Susan » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:52 pm

Hello Darren,
thank you very much.
Will listen to it right away.
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Frans » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:21 pm

This could be what you're after, Susan. Here's the download link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2Ube8 ... sp=sharing

It's been on my computer since 2013.
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Susan » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:14 pm

Thank you Frans will listen to it!!
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby IWannaBeABluesSinger » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:55 pm

I've listened again to these radio programs and I was struck by how wrong the commentators were about a few things. One of them said Dusty was accustomed to having people bring songs to her and producing them for her.

In fact, from 1963 to 1968, she had found, or chosen, all the songs; dictated the arrangements; and rehearsed the orchestra until she got the sound she wanted. She produced herself, and DIM marked the first time Dusty relinquished control of a recording session. That was what led to friction between her and the Atlantic recording team - the fear of having no control.

Also, Dusty couldn't record to anything but a completed track because, as she said many times, she thought of her voice as just another instrument in the arrangement and would weave her voice in and around the sounds she was hearing. The DIM producers wanted to get a vocal from her so they could write an arrangement later, another loss of control that Dusty couldn't abide.

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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Susan » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:36 pm

Hello Maggie,
thank you for setting the record straight.
this helps a lot.
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Sweetbaby » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:57 pm

ImageHello Nadine - I've done some browsing at books.google.com and found that Jerry Wexler's 1993 autobiography Rhythm And The Blues: A Life in American Music may be viewed in a preview edition there: I'll upload the passages in which Wexler recalls working with Dusty ...in Memphis - they're already legible but will enlarge if clicked:
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To be continued (there's a three upload per post limit).
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:14 am

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The above passage is followed by Wexler's discussion of Windmills of Your Mind which at present the preview edition cuts off midway through - however I did find the relevant passage quoted in its entirety at 45cat.com:
"Another song on the Memphis album was helped along by some promotional zeal. Though Atlantic was sold, I was pushing my records just as hard. I had flourished in a smaller context in a smaller time, before the advent of the mighty rack jobbers. So when it came to moving merchandise I believed in, I resorted to the old tricks - sending out white-label acetates to deejays and program directors, hyping the market with advanced copies of singles. In Dusty's case, we had recorded a marvelous, ranging melody by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Michel Legrand, 'The Windmills Of Your Mind', nominated for an Oscar as theme song for The Thomas Crown Affair. To prepare for a possible win, I doped out a plan; I pressed up three thousand 45-rpm singles, had them packed special delivery and stamped ACADEMY AWARD WINNER! OPEN IMMEDIATELY! The minute the song won, Henry Allen - then head of the stockroom, later head of our R&B department - ran to the central post office, and the next morning deejays all over America got the good news."

Likely Wexler's autobiography features further commentary on Dusty in Memphis which may possibly be made available in the preview edition in future if you'd like to check back. If there's anything from Wexler's book you'd like to cite here are its publication details:
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Re: Dusty in Memphis Review for Soul Magazine

Postby Susan » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:18 am

wow thank you so much for putting this up!!
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