FT Life of a Song

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Each month FT music critics and contributors discuss the story of a song, from its origins and early recordings through cover versions good and bad. Formerly called FT Arts.

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FT Life of a Song

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21 The Life of a Song: The Long Black Veil2017-02-12 23:00:00
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22 The Life of a Song: I Put a Spell on You2017-02-05 23:00:00
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23 The Life of a Song: Some Velvet Morning2017-01-29 23:00:00
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24 The Life of a Song: She's Lost Control2017-01-22 23:00:00
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25 The Life of a Song: Red Red Wine2017-01-15 23:00:00
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26 The Life of a Song: The Chain2017-01-08 23:00:00
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27 The Life of a Song: Stairway to Heaven2016-12-30 15:40:47
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28 The Life of a Song: '1999'2016-12-23 11:48:56
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29 The Life of a Song: Good King Wenceslas2016-12-19
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30 The Life of a Song: I Believe in Father Christmas2016-12-09 16:50:07
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31 The Life of a Song: Not Fade Away2016-12-02 16:31:24
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32 The Life of a Song: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free2016-11-28
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33 The Life of a Song: Over the Rainbow2016-11-20
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34 The Life of a Song: Hallelujah2016-11-11 17:53:00
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The Life of a Song: Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen's most famous song nearly wasn't released after being rejected by his record label. It is now among the most covered songs, with notable contributions from Jeff Buckley, John Cale and Rufus Wainwright. Credits: Sony Music, UMOD, Syco Music, Columbia, Nonesuch…read more

35 The Life of a Song: Yesterday2016-11-06 21:00:00
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36 The Life of a Song: 'Ike's Rap II'2016-10-31
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37 The Life of a Song: Smoke on the Water2016-10-22 23:00:00
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38 The Life of a Song: Like a Rolling Stone2016-10-14 15:40:00
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39 The Life of a Song: Wade in the Water2016-10-10 15:34:00
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40 The Life of a Song: Because the Night2016-10-02 23:01:00
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