About Tracy Chapman’s 1988 song “Fast Car”

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“Fast Car” was released by Tracy Chapman in 1988.

It was a haunting folk-rock rumination on trying to escape poverty, it became a major hit after the singer performed it at Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Concert at Wembley Stadium.

It has since become a standard, covered by everyone from Black Pumas, external to Justin Bieber, external.

The song re-entered the UK charts in 2015, thanks to two competing tropical house remixes by Jonas Blue and Tobtok.

Earlier this year, Chapman said she was “honoured” to find herself on US country radio, via Combs’ cover.

She said she never expected to find herself on the country charts, but she’s honoured to be there.

“I’m happy for Luke and his success and grateful that new fans have found and embraced Fast Car,” Tracy said.

Combs cover is also expected to pick up a Grammy nomination for Record Of The Year when nominations are revealed on Friday.

The song won Chapman three Grammy Award nominations in 1989, including for song of the year. She won for best female pop vocalist.

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