Top Tune of the Week

Week of August 31, 2011

Dusty Springfield - Where Am I Going?

Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields’ score for the legendary hit play Sweet Charity spawned many memorable numbers (“Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now” among them), but along the way one of the play’s most moving ballads has criminally been little heard outside of the theater in the past couple of decades: the plaintive closing solo “Where Am I Going.”

The song has been covered by an impressive list of vocalists over the years: Barbara Streisand charted with the song early in her career, and soulful divas ranging from Dionne Warwick, Mary Wells and Kim Weston all committed defining interpretations to wax. For today, we decided to present one of our favorite takes… this one from the Queen of blue-eyed soul, the inimitable Dusty Springfield. The track provided the album title for Springfield’s 1967 release, and her reading of the tune is exactly what you’d expect – a lush soulful ballad fronted by one of the most unmistakable female voices of the last century.

Lyrics to “Where Am I Going?” HERE

Check out this footage of a young Barbra Streisand belting out the tune on a 1966 TV Special, shortly after she released her own recording of it.

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