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BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:20 pm

Some interesting choices here [Bob Hope - Jailhouse Rock!] from the long-running U.K. BBC Radio 4 series.
It's also good to see that the selections are from a culturally diverse group of people - both past and present.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/de ... is+presley

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:59 am

Some strange choices: "You're A Heartbreaker," "Old Shep," and "Big Boots".

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:59 pm

JimmyCool wrote:Some strange choices: "You're A Heartbreaker," "Old Shep," and "Big Boots".




I love Desert Island Discs; I listen to it every week.

Each song follow a small explanation from the castaway as to why they had chosen it.. This means that the guest might say it was the song that they instantly remembered when they first met their spouse, or heard playing in their car when their child was in the back singing along, or reminded them of a happy time or a person they still miss dearly; or it could even be a track by their child's band, or a choice of a friend if it's the guest's own song,and so on. So, there can be very personal reasons for why a song is chosen.

Good to see the unusual selections (eg Nicole Kidman and American Trilogy, John Pilger picking Blue Moon of Kentucky, Michael Palin in 1979 choosing You're A Heartbreaker, and Tim Rice, from 1976, selecting New Orleans).

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:42 am

Yes, but the fact that so many are hit songs (and only a handful repeated over and over) shows just how little Elvis is known outside of the big hits, which is really something of a shame - and goes to show how narrow most people's musical knowledge actually is. No-one chose anything from the Memphis sessions, or even something stunningly beautiful such as Tomorrow Is A Long Time.

It's interesting when comparing the list to that of Sinatra's mentions - which is 4 times as many, I might add. The big hits, My Way, new york new york, strangers in the night etc are relatively few and far between, with album tracks filling up most of the list. Likewise, The Beatles tracks (again, 4 times as many) are considerably more wide-ranging than those by Presley too.

PS. I very much like Dirk Bogarde's luxury item from his 2nd appearance: a distillary! lol

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:21 am

What a great post !!! thank you for sharing, been lying here listening to em one by one !

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:30 am

Dan_T wrote:What a great post !!! thank you for sharing, been lying here listening to em one by one !

My pleasure, Dan.

P.S. How you liking my new Madonna av'?! :D :wink:

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:55 am

Great post elvisalisellers nice to see. Out of 71 people featured there are 36 different Elvis songs, that's very impressive for any entertainer. There is a few more unusual choices and surprising perhaps that Elvis' biggest UK seller get's only the one vote. No surprise which one tops the list with artists such as (Sir's) Cliff Richard & Paul McCartney being featured. There lives would never be the same again following the release of the first RCA single.

"Heartbreak Hotel" X 11
"Don’t Be Cruel" X 6
"Jailhouse Rock" X 5
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" X 5
"All Shook Up" X 3
"Hound Dog" X 3
"Blue Suede Shoes" X 2
"Love Me Tender" X 2
"Girl Of My Best Friend" X 2
"The Wonder Of You" X 2
"Wooden Heart" X 2
"A Fool Such As I" X 2
"Big Boots"
"Ready Teddy"
"Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"
"A Little Less Conversation"
"How Great Thou Art"
"If I Can Dream"
"That's All Right"
"Blue Christmas"
"Burning Love"
"I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone"
"Trouble"
"Return to Sender"
"King Creole"
"An American Trilogy"
"Always On My Mind"
"A Fool Such As I"
"Suspicious Minds"
"Blue Moon Of Kentucky"
"Old Shep"
"You're A Heartbreaker"
"New Orleans"
"Good Luck Charm"
"Teddy Bear"
"When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again"
"It's Now Or Never"

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:51 pm

elvisalisellers wrote:Some interesting choices here [Bob Hope - Jailhouse Rock!] from the long-running U.K. BBC Radio 4 series.
It's also good to see that the selections are from a culturally diverse group of people - both past and present.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/de ... is+presley



Forgot to say - top post from elvisalisellers!

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:03 pm

I would have thought David Blunkett would have picked 'See See Rider'. :smt002

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:09 pm

There's a couple missing from the list;

Wayne Rooney - There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll take me back in)
Harpo Marx - A Little Less Conversation
Mike Myers - Got My Mojo Workin'
Brian Wilson - Beach Boy Blues
Russell Grant - Signs of the Zodiac

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:20 pm

Julian Grant wrote:Great post elvisalisellers

Suds wrote:Forgot to say - top post from elvisalisellers!

Thanks very much. I try my best to keep things at least half interesting.

Speaking of which, look out for a spine-tingling audio "duet" creation coming soon!

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:18 am

Suds wrote:Forgot to say - top post from elvisalisellers!

+1

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:12 am

Willard White chose Are You Lonesome Tonight, but it's the laughing version !
Tom Cruise, obsessed with Elvis ? Didn't know that !

Re: BBC Desert Island Discs - Those who chose Elvis

Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:27 am

I would have thought that Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice would have picked "It's Easy for You"