British radio’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ turns 70

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“To be welcomed into something so quintessentially British as ‘Desert Island Discs’ means I’ve made it, I’m welcome, I’m home,” he told the BBC.

Mick Jagger is one of the best-known holdouts. His Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts said yes, as did ex-Beatle Paul McCartney _ who chose his murdered bandmate John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” as his desert-island track _ and musicians from Bing Crosby to Alice Cooper.

The most popular musical choice over the decades has been the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with Mozart the most frequently selected composer. The most popular non-classical piece is Edith Piaf singing “Je Ne Regrette Rien.”

The most commonly requested luxury item is a piano. Other choices have been more original.

American novelist Norman Mailer requested “a stick of the very best marijuana,” while egocentric entertainment svengali Simon Cowell asked for a mirror _ “because I’d miss me.”

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Online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs

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