Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” is one of the most iconic songs and is back at the top of the charts – watch an early performance from 1988!
Country singer Luke Combs recently released a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” which quickly climbed the charts. While I’m excited that the song is getting traction with a new audience, it’s surprising that there are listeners who are unaware of Chapman’s original version. They are missing out on her connection to the song and the emotion she communicates during her performance. However, after her re-introduction at last night’s Grammys, Tracy Chapman’s talent is undeniable, and everyone knows who she is.
In 1988, during a celebration for Nelson Mandela at London’s Wembley Stadium, Tracy Chapman performed “Fast Car,” a brand-new, unreleased song. Amidst a lineup of various artists, Chapman delivered a successful performance and exited the stage. However, when Stevie Wonder’s team required extra time due to sound issues, Chapman returned to the stage and delivered one of her earliest significant performances of the iconic song. Watch the moving performance below: