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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1 The Life of a Song: Strange Fruit2017-11-17 15:15:00
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The Life of a Song: Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday’s 1939 'Strange Fruit' was called 'the first significant protest in words and music, the first unmuted cry against racism'. Other singers attempted it, from Nina Simone and Diana Ross to Jeff Buckley and Kanye West. But could any match the power of the impassioned original? FT pop writers David Cheal, Fiona Sturges and Helen Brown discuss the song's origins and afterlife.…read more

2 The Life of a Song: Make You Feel My Love2017-10-19 10:00:00
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3 The Hits that Shook the World2017-09-15 04:00:00
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4 The Life of a Song: Wild Thing2017-08-14 10:40:00
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5 The Life of a Song: Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel2017-07-18 10:47:00
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6 The Life of a Song: Radiohead's No Surprises2017-06-13
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7 The Life of a Song: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction2017-05-21 22:00:00
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8 The Life of a Song: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall2017-05-14 22:00:00
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9 The Life of a Song: Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus2017-05-07 22:00:00
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10 The Life of a Song: The Message2017-04-30 22:00:00
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11 The Life of a Song: Tainted Love2017-04-23 22:00:00
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12 The Life of a Song: O Sole Mio2017-04-23 22:00:00
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13 The Life of a Song: Let It Go2017-04-16 22:00:00
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14 The Life of a Song: Hotel California2017-04-03 11:00:00
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15 The Life of a Song: Midnight Train to Georgia2017-03-26 22:00:00
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16 The Life of a Song: 9 to 52017-03-19 23:00:00
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17 The Life of a Song: Try A Little Tenderness2017-03-12 23:00:00
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18 The Life of a Song: Wild is the Wind2017-03-05 23:00:00
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19 The Life of a Song: Sukiyaki2017-02-26 23:00:00
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20 The Life of a Song: My Way2017-02-19 23:00:00
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