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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81 The Life of a Song: Mack the Knife2016-01-15 16:08:17
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82 The Life of a Song: Sunshine of Your Love2016-01-08 13:39:29
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The Life of a Song: Sunshine of Your Love

An unforgettable track whose lyrics emerged from an all-night writing session, “Sunshine of Your Love” has been covered by Jimi Hendrix and Ella Fitzgerald. David Cheal seeks the source of the song’s primal brilliance. Credits: Legacy Recordings; Polydor Ltd; LRC Ltd; Groove Merchant Records…read more

83 The Life of a Song: Auld Lang Syne2015-12-23 13:06:35
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84 The Life of a Song: The Holly and the Ivy2015-12-18 15:50:00
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85 Short story: ‘Winter Letter’ by Lydia Davis2015-12-18 12:24:20
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86 The Life of a Song: To Love Somebody2015-12-11 15:42:54
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87 The Life of a Song: Johnny Remember Me2015-12-04 16:02:28
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88 Norse code for Christmas2015-12-01 16:17:00
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89 The life of a song: Walk on the Wild Side2015-11-27 18:36:03
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90 The life of a song: Rocket 882015-11-13
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91 The life of a song: Nessun Dorma2015-11-06 15:44:13
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92 The life of a song: Beat It2015-10-30
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93 The life of a song: I Heard It Through the Grapevine2015-10-23 15:26:48
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94 The Life of a song: Going Back to My Roots2015-10-16 12:30:00
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95 The life of a song: Goodnight, Irene2015-10-09 12:40:00
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96 The life of a song: Night on Disco Mountain2015-10-02 15:49:00
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97 The life of a song: Money (That's What I Want)2015-09-25 15:45:00
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98 The life of a song: Toxic2015-09-18 16:40:00
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99 The life of a song: Starman2015-09-11 16:43:00
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100 The life of a song: Night Train2015-09-03 23:00:00
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