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  • The life of a song: Hell Hound On My Trail Jul 03, 2015 - 5:06 pm
  • David Honigmann explores one of the handful of songs recorded by the blues singer Robert Johnson, in which he is pursued by the Devil, society or his own demons. Credits: UMG Recordings, Inc., Blue Note Records, Universal Island Records Ltd., Not Now Music Ltd
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  • The life of a song: Shipbuilding Jun 26, 2015 - 4:45 pm
  • Elvis Costello wrote the song during the Falklands War yet, David Honigmann says, its specific political subtext didn't deter Suede, The Unthanks and others from covering it. Credits: Domino Recording, Universal Music Catalogue)/Elvis Costello, Topic Records Ltd, RabbleRouser Music
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  • The life of a song: St James Infirmary Jun 19, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • David Honigmann on the Louis Armstrong blues song that inspired a poem by WH Auden and recordings by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and others.
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  • The life of a song: Peg Jun 12, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Recorded by musical perfectionists Steely Dan, sampled by hip-hop trio De La Soul and recycled in other pop songs, the story of 'Peg' is one of originality and appropriation, Peter Aspden says. Credits: MCA Records Inc, Rhino, The Echo Label Limited
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  • The life of a song: House of the Rising Sun Jun 05, 2015 - 4:30 pm
  • Peter Aspden on the 'floating song' recorded by Alan Lomax in 1930s Kentucky that went on to be covered by Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan and, of course, The Animals. Credits: Concord Music Group, Marathon Media International, BMI
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  • The life of a song: Misirlou May 29, 2015 - 4:45 pm
  • Peter Aspden tells the story of 'Misirlou', the swaying Anatolian love song that was reinvented as a 1960s surfers' anthem before gaining a massive audience with Pulp Fiction and sampling by The Black Eyed Peas. Credits: Parker Street Records, JB Production, Universal Music Group
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  • The life of a song: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head May 22, 2015
  • Peter Aspden tells the story of Burt Bacharach’s feelgood anthem ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head’
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  • The life of a song: A Whiter Shade of Pale May 15, 2015 - 5:55 pm
  • Peter Aspden on 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', the melancholy 1967 Procol Harum song whose melody was 'sparked by Bach' and which set off a legal battle that went all the way to the House of Lords. Credits: ANM, AP Music, DLG Digital, Demon Music Group
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  • The life of a song: Without You May 08, 2015 - 1:15 pm
  • From heartfelt but humble song to all-conquering power ballad, Peter Aspden tells the ultimately tragic story of 'Without You'
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  • The life of a song: Downtown May 01, 2015 - 3:57 pm
  • Ludovic Hunter-Tilney looks back 50 years to the time of the British Invasion and Petula Clark's evocation of Anglo-Americana. Credit: Sanctuary Records/BMG; Universal
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  • The life of a song: Enter Sandman Apr 24, 2015 - 3:47 pm
  • From a heavy metal hit to its use in the Abu Ghraib tortures, Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ strikes some sinister chords with Ludovic Hunter-Tilney. Credit: Elektra
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  • The life of a song: Me and Mrs Jones Apr 17, 2015 - 3:54 pm
  • From Billy Paul’s adulterous original in 1972 to Amy Winehouse's gender-bending twist on the song 30 years later, Ludovic Hunter-Tilney gets to grips with 'Me and Mrs Jones'. Credits:Philadelphia International, 143, Island
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  • The life of a song: It's the Hard Knock Life Apr 10, 2015 - 3:04 pm
  • Ludovic Hunter-Tilney looks at 'It's the Hard Knock Life' from Broadway's musical Annie and its influences on Katy Perry's 'Roar' and Jay-Z's 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)'. Credits:Columbia, Roc-A-Fella, Columbia
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  • The life of a song: Song of Solomon Apr 02, 2015 - 3:20 pm
  • Ludovic Hunter-Tilney reveals the Old Testament legacy in popular music: from Robbie Williams' 'Kiss me' to Perry Como's 'Song of Songs' and Kate Bush's 'The Song of Solomon'. Credits:Chrysalis, Noble And Brite, RCA Victor
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  • Life of a song: Ice Ice Baby Mar 27, 2015 - 3:26 pm
  • Ludovic Hunter-Tilney uncovers the back story of Vanilla Ice’s hit Ice Ice Baby.
    Credits:Ultra, EMI
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  • The life of a song: I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself Mar 20, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • David Cheal tells the tale of the Burt Bacharach penned classic 'I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself', from the 1964 soul of Dusty Springfield to its 2001 raw-rock treatment by The White Stripes. Credits: Philips, Stiff, Elephant
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  • The life of a song: Guantanamera Mar 13, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • David Cheal traces the journey of ‘Guantanamera’, from a 19th-century Cuban national hero to a 21st-century recycling campaign, via Celia Cruz and the peace movement of the 1960s. Credits: RCA Victor, Bravo Hit, Universal Music AB, Columbia
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  • The life of a song: Baltimore Mar 06, 2015 - 4:27 pm
  • David Cheal tells the story of Randy Newman’s ‘Baltimore’, through covers by Nina Simone, The Tamlins and Billy Mackenzie. Credits: CTI, Warner Bros., EMI
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  • Bureaucracy: friend or foe? Mar 06, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • The anarchist and anthropologist David Graeber discusses both the stupidity and secret joys of bureaucracy with the FT's Martin Sandbu and Lucy Kellaway
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  • The life of a song: I’m a Believer Feb 27, 2015 - 4:56 pm
  • The Life of a Song: David Cheal follows the fortunes of Neil Diamond’s ‘I’m a Believer’, from The Monkees to Robert Wyatt to the movie 'Shrek'. Credits: Colgems, Virgin, Interscope, Sony Music
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  • The life of a song: When the Levee Breaks Feb 20, 2015 - 5:58 pm
  • From recordings by Memphis Minnie and Led Zeppelin to sampling by Dr Dre, Eminem and Massive Attack, David Cheal traces the various incarnations of ‘When the Levee Breaks’. Credits: Columbia, Atlantic, The Chronic Interscope
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  • The life of a song: Always On My Mind Feb 13, 2015 - 5:19 pm
  • In the first of a new series, David Cheal looks at the song covered by artists from Brenda Lee to Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson to the Pet Shop Boys
    Credits: Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Sony BMG
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  • No wonder Europe is annoyed with Greece Feb 06, 2015 - 4:10 pm
  • Greek culture taught the rest of us how to live ‑ and it’s not time to write off that particular debt yet, says Peter Aspden
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