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  • The life of a song: I'm in the Mood for Love Aug 28, 2015 - 5:11 pm
  • Written for a 1935 romcom, this song complies with the strict moral codes of the time, but turns Hollywood convention on its head, says Mike Hobart. Credits: 4:Squared Entertainment, Nostalgia Music Catalog, Universal Island Records
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  • The life of a song: Nature Boy Aug 21, 2015 - 6:10 pm
  • Nat King Cole's 1948 hit made an unlikely celebrity of its back-to-nature songwriter, and established Cole's solo career - but, says Mike Hobart, it also lived through racial bigotry and legal action before covers by Sinatra, Bowie and Lady Gaga. Credits: The Restoration Project, Columbia Records, Interscope Records
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  • The life of a song: Georgia on My Mind Aug 14, 2015 - 5:06 pm
  • It may have been written by a man who never even set foot in the state, but that hasn't stopped 'Georgia on My Mind' becoming a Southern anthem. Mike Hobart looks back on the song's origins. Credits: Rendez-Vous Digital,
    The Island Def Jam Music Group, Not Now Music and EG Jazz
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  • The life of a song: My Funny Valentine Aug 06, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Mike Hobart traces the Rodgers and Hart tune's journey from Broadway musical number to ubiquitous torch song to mood-changing jazz masterpiece
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  • Behind the podcast renaissance Aug 04, 2015 - 2:35 pm
  • Podcasts have existed for more than 10 years but have recently seen a surge of interest, spurred by the success of the true crime drama Serial, which has been downloaded more than 70m times. What is driving the so-called “podcast renaissance”? How are they different from radio shows? And do they pose a threat to traditional broadcasting?

    FT technology editor Ravi Mattu is joined by literature professor Sarah Churchwell, veteran podcaster Helen Zaltzman and Mark Friend, who is responsible for BBC Radio online.

    Produced by Griselda Murray Brown and Lily Le Brun
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  • The life of a song: Watermelon Man Jul 31, 2015 - 3:50 pm
  • Herbie Hancock's soul jazz classic 'Watermelon Man' originally drew on his 1940s Chicago childhood but went on to be given funk, disco, ska, pop and hip-hop makeovers, says Mike Hobart. Credits: Roslin Records, Columbia/Legacy, Salt & Pepper, History Of RnB Records
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  • The life of a song: Summertime Jul 24, 2015 - 5:18 pm
  • The rousing spiritual from folk opera 'Porgy and Bess' has become one of the most recorded tunes of all time, says David Honigmann, with Miles Davis, Janis Joplin and Peter Gabriel among the artists who covered it. Credits: Columbia/Legacy, Mercury Records, Hallmark
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  • The life of a song: Silver Dagger Jul 17, 2015 - 3:16 pm
  • David Honigmann on why Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton and Saint Etienne have all been drawn to Silver Dagger's cautionary tale of heartache and "wicked loving lies". Credits: Sugar Hill, Saint Etienne, Columbia/Legacy
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  • The life of a song: Ghost Town Jul 10, 2015 - 2:58 pm
  • The Specials' 'Ghost Town' became the soundtrack to the 1981 Brixton riots. Thirty years on, its message of disaffection remains relevant, says David Honigmann. Credits: Chrysalis Records Ltd, Hyperdub, Tru Thoughts.
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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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