From the origin of the “grapevine” itself, through Motown and Marvin Gaye to The Slits’ punk reinvention, Hilary Kirby charts the evolution of a classic. Credits: Motown Record Company, Motown Records, Island Def Jam Records.
Going back to the roots of Lamont Dozier’s 1977 hit, David Cheal uncovers TV inspiration, Woodstockian vibes and a question mark over the authorship of that famous guitar lick. Credits: Warner Music TV, Rhino/Elektra, Marathon Media International, Orlando Julius Afro House of High Life.
First recorded in 1934 by Lead Belly the ‘Homicidal Harmoniser’, David Cheal follows the waltzing lament of ‘Goodnight, Irene’ through interpretations by the Weavers, Ry Cooder and Bryan Ferry. Credits: Hallmark, H&H Music, Rhino/Warner Bros, Virgin Germany.
David Cheal follows Modest Mussorgsky’s dramatic 19th-century composition from orchestral standard to Disney classic and floor-filling disco anthem. Credits: Disney Records, Masterworks Jazz, Bee Gees/Reprise.
A Motown classic and Beatles favourite that went on to become perhaps the first postmodern pop song: David Cheal on the many lives of ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’. Credits: Motown Records Inc., EMI, Simitar.
You can listen to the FT's Podcasts directly on this page, listen on Stitcher, or subscribe to our Podcasts on iTunes. To listen to earlier episodes, select the show title from below or view a month from the Podcast Archive.