Sunshine on Leith BBC Radio 4
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Sunshine on Leith

"While I'm worth my room on this earth......" Sunshine on Leith was released in 1988 but didn't become the big hit...

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Life on Mars? BBC Radio 4
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Life on Mars?

Life on Mars was released on David Bowie's Hunky Dory album in 1971. Two years later it came out as a single in its...

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Once In A Lifetime BBC Radio 4
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Once In A Lifetime

Talking Heads emerged out of the post punk scene of the late 1970s. Once In A Lifetime is the iconic single taken...

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I Wonder as I Wander BBC Radio 4
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I Wonder as I Wander

As Christmas approaches, Soul Music leads you through Advent with the Appalachian carol "I Wonder as I Wander"....

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Lean On Me by Bill Withers BBC Radio 4
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Lean On Me by Bill Withers

An enduring classic which delivers a message of support and friendship. Never more so than in 2020 when it's been...

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I Will Survive BBC Radio 4
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I Will Survive

"At first I was afraid, I was petrified"... From a breakup to a shipwreck, emotional true stories of what Gloria...

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Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte by Maurice Ravel BBC Radio 4
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Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte by Maurice Ravel

Ravel's beautiful Pavane For A Dead Princess touches many people. While it is not actually about a dead princess it...

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Feeling Good BBC Radio 4
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Feeling Good

The surprising history behind a track made famous by Nina Simone. Feeling Good was written for a now obscure musical...

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Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay BBC Radio 4
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Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay

Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay was written while Otis Redding was reflecting on his life on Sausalito Bay in...

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Days BBC Radio 4
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Days

“It’s a goodbye song, but it’s also an inspirational song, It could also mean a new beginning" - Ray Davies Written...

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Toto's Africa BBC Radio 4
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Toto's Africa

Released in 1982, this soft-rock anthem has become an unlikely viral smash-hit. Africa by Toto is a song that has...

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Coventry Carol BBC Radio 4
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Coventry Carol

Performed as part of the mystery plays, the 'Coventry Carol' is from the Pageant of the Shearman and Taylors and...

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We Are Family BBC Radio 4
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We Are Family

We Are Family written by Nile Rodgers and performed by the Sledge Sisters Kathy, Kim, Debbie and Joni was released in...

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The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel BBC Radio 4
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The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel

The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel. People who connect directly with the lyrics and have a deep personal connection to the...

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Farewell to Stromness BBC Radio 4
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Farewell to Stromness

Personal stories about Farewell to Stromness, by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Written in 1980 as a protest against...

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Wind of Change BBC Radio 4
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Wind of Change

“I follow the Moskva, down to Gorky Park… listening to the wind of change.” The German rock band Scorpions’ lead...

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Streets of London by Ralph McTell BBC Radio 4
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Streets of London by Ralph McTell

50 years after it was first recorded, Ralph McTell and others discuss a song that was written for a heroin addict,...

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Back to Black BBC Radio 4
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Back to Black

Amy Winehouse died in July 2011 aged just 27. Back to Black the title track of her second and final album is a torch...

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Let the River Run BBC Radio 4
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Let the River Run

The story of how a song from a classic 80’s movie became an inspirational anthem for a 21st Century generation....

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Smile BBC Radio 4
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Smile

The music was written by Charlie Chaplin in 1935 for the film 'Modern Times', but the lyrics were only added thirty...

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