Song by Song

Song by Song

2012 - 2014, Biopic, Arts / Culture, Other, Other
Documentary examining the life and character of the musician through some of his most significant hit songs

Episode Guide

  • Song by Song - Lindsey Sterling: Elements (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Lindsey Sterling: Elements

    As Lindsay's music continued to find bigger audiences, her videos allowed her to express her passion for dance.

  • Song by Song - Lindsey Sterling: Crystallize (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Lindsey Sterling: Crystallize

    Lindsey's unique meshing of violin and electronic music left the music industry baffled, but her perseverance and creative use of YouTube as a promotional tool helped her reach a massive audience.

  • Song by Song - Blondie: Rapture (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Blondie: Rapture

    Although their pioneering merge of rap with pop proved that Blondie was as forward-thinking as they were commercial, behind the scenes the group was dealing with a band member's life threatening illness.

  • Song by Song - Blondie: Call Me (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Blondie: Call Me

    When Blondie borrowed Donna Summer's producer to record a song for the film "American Gigolo", they ended up with the biggest hit of their career.

  • Song by Song - Blondie: Heart of Glass (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Blondie: Heart of Glass

    The track that made the group a household name.

  • Song by Song - Blondie: One Way or Another (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Blondie: One Way or Another

    Upon the song's release, lead singer Debbie Harry's strong persona seemed to be a liability with American audiences, but the group found early support from countries like Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

  • Song by Song - Sheryl Crow: Redemption Day (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Sheryl Crow: Redemption Day

    Inspired by a trip to war-torn Bosnia, Sheryl writes this song which is later recorded by Johnny Cash, and ultimately ignites her interest in recording country music.

  • Song by Song - Sheryl Crow: My Favorite Mistake (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Sheryl Crow: My Favorite Mistake

    Sheryl taps into her personal life for inspiration, leading to an intimate song about a past relationship, and creating speculation over her unnamed muse.

  • Song by Song - Sheryl Crow: If It Makes You Happy (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Sheryl Crow: If It Makes You Happy

    Sheryl proves her autonomy with a hit that verifies her as a musical powerhouse who answers only to herself.

  • Song by Song - Sheryl Crow: Strong Enough (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Sheryl Crow: Strong Enough

    After the first singles on her debut record don't get any traction, Sheryl finds success with a powerful statement about finding a partner who can truly be her equal.

  • Song by Song - Dolly Parton: It's All Wrong But It's All Right (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Dolly Parton: It's All Wrong But It's All Right

    Dolly Parton's seventh number one country single as a solo artist; it would help her career cross over into pop music.

  • Song by Song - Dolly Parton: Travelin' Thru (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Dolly Parton: Travelin' Thru

    Soundtrack to Transamerica; it earned Parton a second Oscar for best original song.

  • Song by Song - Dolly Parton: Jolene (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Dolly Parton: Jolene

    "Jolene" is ranked 217 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

  • Song by Song - Dolly Parton: Coat of Many Colors (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Dolly Parton: Coat of Many Colors

    Dolly has described this autobiographical song as her favorite among all those she's written.

  • Song by Song - 9 To 5 (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    9 To 5

    Dolly Parton reflects on her first Academy Award nominated song, '9 to 5'.

  • Song by Song - Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You

    Parton wrote the song "I Will Always Love You" in 1973 for her one-time partner and mentor, Porter Wagoner, and Whitney Houston later recorded a version of the piece.

  • Song by Song - Johnny Cash: Hurt (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Johnny Cash: Hurt

    One of Cash's final and most unlikely hits, this painful ballad was written and first performed by superstar Trent Reznor; the "Nine Inch Nails" front man explains why he was reluctant to allow Johnny to record the song.

  • Song by Song - Johnny Cash: Sunday Morning Coming Down (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Johnny Cash: Sunday Morning Coming Down

    The original hangover anthem was written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson in 1969; Kris reveals why Cash wanted to cover this song that was already a hit and how Johnny came to perform it during an episode of "Columbo."

  • Song by Song - Johnny Cash: A Boy Named Sue (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Johnny Cash: A Boy Named Sue

    Johnny Cash wasn't sure about this quirky tune so he tested it on a "captive" audience during his concert at San Quentin prison.

  • Song by Song - Johnny Cash: Jackson (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Johnny Cash: Jackson

    Written by Broadway Legend Jerry Lieber, "Jackson" tells the story of a married couple trying to re-ignite their passion; Johnny and June were married one year after recording the song.

  • Song by Song - Ring of Fire (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Ring of Fire

    One of the biggest hits of Cash's career stayed at No. 1 for seven weeks; written by his future wife June Carter and first recorded by her sister Anita.

  • Song by Song - I Walk the Line (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    I Walk the Line

    Cash's first Billboard hit was recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, staying on the charts for 43 weeks and sold two million copies; Johnny's early struggles to find his voice.