Desert Island Discs is a BBC radio show in which a celebrity is asked to name the eight records he or she would like to have if cast away on a desert island. The subject also gets to pick one book and one luxury. I appeared on this show in December 2001. Here are my choices:
- Myfanwy sung by the Treorchy Male Voice Choir
- What Did I Say by Ray Charles
- Good Day Sunshine by the Beatles
- My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder
- Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica, the South African national anthem, from the soundtrack of the film Cry Freedom
- Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, played by Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Berlin Philharmonic
- La Grenouillere by Poulenc, sung by Felicity Lott
- Hoochie Coochie Man written by Willie Dixon and performed by Damn Right I Got the Blues
Book: Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
Luxury: An unlimited supply of fine French wine
Download Hoochie Coochie Man as an MP3 file (160 kbps, 8.3 MB), made available for download by kind permission of Don’t Quit Your Day Job Records. The Stranger than Fiction double CD is available from both DQYDJ and Amazon.com.
Hoochie Coochie Man. 6:35 minutes. Willie Dixon/Hoochie Coochie Music/BMI – additional lyrics by Ken Follett. Damn Right I Got the Blues – Ken Follett (lead vocal, bass, acoustic guitar, additional lyrics); Graham Coster (harmonica); Richard Gillinson (Yamaha clavinova); Antony Harwood (slide guitar); Cefyn Jones (drums); background vocals by Graham Coster, Marie-Claire Follett, Richard Gillinson and Cefyn Jones.