Desert Island Doppelganger

May 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm (BBC, jazz, Jim D, music, whisky, wireless)

You can now visit  the BBC Radio 4 / Home Service ‘Desert Island Discs’ archive, and have a look at the choices of every guest on the programme since Roy Plomley began it in 1942. I was somewhat taken aback to find that one guest (guess who) had made almost exactly the choices (including the “luxury item” and “book”) that I would. My only difference would be the inclusion of Louis Armstrong (probably ‘West End Blues’) in place of Johann Strauss II.
Johann Strauss II


Johann Strauss II

Tales from the Vienna Woods

Orchestra: J. Strauss Orchestra of Vienna Conductor: Leopold Stokowski

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute Act 2

Soloist: Irma Beilke, Carla Spletter, Rut Berglund Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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Bix Beiderbecke

I’m Coming Virginia

Artist: Frank Trumbauer & His Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak


Antonin Dvorak

Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World’

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

Jimmy Rushing


Jimmy Rushing

Exactly Like You

Artist: Count Basie and Orchestra

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Pee Wee Russell

Strut Miss Lizzie

Artist: Eddie Condon + Band

Wild Bill Davison


Castaway’s favourite

Wild Bill Davison

Runnin’ Wild

Artist: Sidney Bechet


Oxford English Dictionary

Luxury item

Scotch whisky

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  1. Rosie said,

    I would guess Kingsley Amis.

  2. Mr Jolly not Jelly said,

    crocodilE dunDee

  3. Matt said,

    “So what if “Now and then I become conscious of having the reputation of being one of the great drinkers, if not one of the great drunks, of our time?” So what if he fell over on the way out of pubs?”

    Even more similarities Jim!

  4. Jim Denham said,

    Curses, Rosie! You got it in one.

    As for you other two… words fail me. I need a drink. Now.

  5. Rosie said,

    Interesting link, Matt. The condensed, or possibly distilled, Kingsley Amis. Falling over on the way out of pubs doesn’t really put you in the “great drunks” class though. You can see the masses doing this any night of the week in any city.

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