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The grand hymn of redemption took a long path to its current stature in American spirituality, from John Newton’s original lyric to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Ian McCann follows its turbulent history.

Credits: Rhino Atlantic, Marathon, Ameritz Music, Bandleader Recordings, UMC

 

Sam Cooke’s political lament, released after his untimely death, went on to become a civil rights anthem. Sue Norris charts its history.

Credit: Universal Music Group International, Rhino Atlantic, Time Life Music, RCA

 

What drew jazz musicians like Miles Davis and Chet Baker to a twinkly tune from Disney’s ‘Snow White’? And what became of the child star who first sang it? Lilian Pizzichini traces its history

 

Bobbie Gentry’s understated ballad was reworked by jazz musicians, the ‘rebel-country’ movement and Motown – and even parodied by Bob Dylan. Ian McCann traces its history

 

Written for The Shirelles in 1960, Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s song nailed the insecurities of a new generation of women. Helen Brown looks at a classic of the female singer-songwriter canon

 

Jimmy Webb’s mournful ballad became one of the most-covered songs of the 20th century. Sue Norris explores its appeal for artists from Nick Cave to Isaac Hayes.

Credit: Imperial, Capitol, Mute, Enterprise

 

How is music streaming changing the experience of listeners? Are the algorithms that guide us through this new world an adequate replacement for DJs, critics and knowledgable record shop owners? Could endless choice paradoxically be making us more conservative in our tastes? Lorien Kite discusses these questions with Spotify’s Will Page and FT pop critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney.

 

Before becoming one of the most sampled tunes in music history, “Apache” was an unexpected UK number 1. Richard Clayton tracks its journey.

Credits: Wrasse Records, EMI, Puzzle Productions, Open Records, Sepia, Sanctuary

 

How is music streaming changing the experience of listeners? Are the algorithms that guide us through this new world an adequate replacement for DJs, critics and knowledgable record shop owners? Could endless choice paradoxically be making us more conservative in our tastes? Lorien Kite discusses these questions with Spotify’s Will Page and FT pop critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney.

 

“I Feel Love” by Donna Summer changed the future of music, paving the way for today’s EDM. David Cheal tracks its incredible influence.

Credits: UMC, Vanilla OMP, Warner Music TV, RCA