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Play It Back

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Everyone has at least one favorite song, but which ones have changed your life? Host John Asante talks with musicians, creators, and music lovers about their most cherished music memories -- and how discovering the perfect tune at the right time can make a world of difference.

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Everyone has at least one favorite song, but which ones have changed your life? Host John Asante talks with musicians, creators, and music lovers about their most cherished music memories -- and how discovering the perfect tune at the right time can make a world of difference.

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Great show

By Bankidu - Nov 07 2017
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Awesome concept and host. Love it.

Fantastic Fun

By jfreeman108 - Feb 25 2017
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A great podcast about the music that has shaped the profound moments of our lives...

iTunes Ratings

8 Ratings
Average Ratings
8
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0

Great show

By Bankidu - Nov 07 2017
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Awesome concept and host. Love it.

Fantastic Fun

By jfreeman108 - Feb 25 2017
Read more

A great podcast about the music that has shaped the profound moments of our lives...

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Play It Back

Updated 7 days ago

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Everyone has at least one favorite song, but which ones have changed your life? Host John Asante talks with musicians, creators, and music lovers about their most cherished music memories -- and how discovering the perfect tune at the right time can make a world of difference.

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Rank #1: 13 | The Who - Cut My Hair

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As a Black kid growing up in a tumultuous home environment in 1970s Hollywood, singer-songwriter The Reverend Shawn Amos faced an identity complex. But when a friend introduced him to The Who's "Quadrophenia," he connected with one particular song about rebellion on a personal level. "Cut My Hair" helped Shawn find clarity, and eventually, his true love: playing the blues. Listen "Cut My Hair" and all the songs featured on the show on our Spotify playlist. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Oct 15 2018
25 mins
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Rank #2: Coming Soon | Season 2!

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Play It Back is *finally* back in action -- Season 2 drops this October! Check out this trailer for a taste of what's coming up. Get ready for a bunch of new stories about powerful songs from groups like The Who, Geto Boys, Radiohead, and Dixie Chicks that have changed the lives of music lovers far and wide. In the meantime, revisit episodes from Season 1, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Oct 01 2018
2 mins
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Rank #3: 12 | Count Frank - Yellow Bird

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Music producer Benjamin de Menil's earliest music memory was hearing “Yellow Bird” played by a steel drum band in Jamaica. The experience was a formative one, kindling a raging love affair with Caribbean arts that would lead to his eventual career as a label owner, producer, and academy founder specializing in bachata, the popular traditional music of the Dominican Republic.

May 25 2017
25 mins
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Rank #4: 11 | Culture Club - Time (Clock of the Heart)

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In grade school, the moment storyteller Marc Abbott fell in love with a particular Culture Club song, he just had to put it on a mixtape to impress a lucky girl. He was willing to go great lengths to record it at just the right time -- even if it meant messing with his father’s sacred music collection.

Apr 27 2017
24 mins
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Rank #5: 10 | Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind

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Musician, chanteuse, book lover, and performer extraordinaire Susan Hwang helps us celebrate our one year anniversary by sharing personal stories about her dad, Ray Charles, and the American dream.

Mar 23 2017
38 mins
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Rank #6: 9 | Peggy Lee - Is That All There Is?

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At the age of 5, writer Jamie Brickhouse became obsessed with Peggy Lee and her song about escapism by means of “breaking out the booze and having a ball.” The song served as Jamie’s guide to several nights of debauchery while living in New York City. But things changed dramatically the night he drunk dialed the dazzling pop icon.

Feb 23 2017
25 mins
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Rank #7: 8 | Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors

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Native Kentuckian storyteller, choreographer, and live performer Mark Lamb counts the ways that he’s flown on the tails of Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors.” In his warm ‘n’ buttery voice, Mark waxes reminiscent about his brave journey from being a faux fur-sporting third grader, to a fully actualized performance artist and creative soul out and about in NYC today.

Jan 26 2017
26 mins
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Rank #8: 7 | Play It Back Holiday Spectacular!

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In this extra special episode of Play It Back, co-hosts John Asante and Jia H. Jung revel in the holiday spirit by rapping about their favorite (and most loathed) songs of the season. Add your choice picks to the official Play It Back Holiday Playlist Spectacular on Spotify (http://bit.ly/2igGgqa) just in the nick of time for Christmas, Chanukah, and the shiny New Year! (Photo: John Asante rockin' the sweater vest/peacoat combo, looking for that special girl to give that flower back in 1991.)

Dec 25 2016
27 mins
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Rank #9: 6 | Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky

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When London-based actor Laura Killeen worked at a florist as a teenager, she was introduced to a spacey, operatic pop tune from ELO that would serve as comfort and motivation when she needed it most.

Dec 05 2016
23 mins
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Rank #10: 5 | Tori Amos - Yes, Anastasia

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NBC Documentary producer and host of "The Soundtrack Series" podcast creator Dana Rossi reflects upon how a terrible recent tragedy brought her back to a song that she first heard in 1994 and found applicable as a salve to any trouble in high school...and beyond.

Oct 19 2016
26 mins
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