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Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Elisabeth Welch

Elisabeth Welch

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 18 Nov 1990

Singer

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is the black American singer Elisabeth Welch, who, in a career spanning 60 years, made famous such songs as Love For Sale, Soloman and Stormy Weather. Her first big break came in 1931 in the Broadway show The New Yorkers. The show made her a star and also gave her the lasting friendship of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Having been the toast of London, Paris and New York in pre-war years, her music still appeals across the generations.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Elaine Stritch

1.

Elaine Stritch

Broadway Baby

Performer: Elaine Stritch

Others who chose this artist

John Dankworth & Cleo Laine

2.

John Dankworth & Cleo Laine

April In Paris

Performer: John Dankworth & Cleo Laine

Others who chose this artist

Mabel Mercer

3.

Mabel Mercer

Little Girl Blue

Performer: Mabel Mercer

Others who chose this artist

Beatrice Lillie

4.

Beatrice Lillie

A Marvellous Party

Performer: Beatrice Lillie

Others who chose this artist

Mary Ellis

5.

Mary Ellis

Waking And Sleeping

Performer: Mary Ellis

Others who chose this artist

Peggy Lee

6.

Peggy Lee

Don't Smoke In Bed

Performer: Peggy Lee

Others who chose this artist

Peter Sarstedt

7.

Peter Sarstedt

Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?

Performer: Peter Sarstedt

Others who chose this artist

Frank Sinatra

8.

Castaway's favourite

Frank Sinatra

Just One Of Those Things

Performer: Frank Sinatra

Others who chose this artist

Book

Who's Who In The Theatre by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Photo of mother

Others who chose a similar luxury

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Tue 26 Feb 1952

Actor, Singer

Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Elisabeth Welch.

Choices

Peter Yorke and his Orchestra

1.

Peter Yorke and his Orchestra

Begin The Beguine

Performer: Peter Yorke and his Orchestra

Noël Coward

2.

Noël Coward

I'll Follow My Secret Heart

Performer: Noël Coward

Others who chose this artist

Johann Strauss II

3.

Johann Strauss II

Johann Strauss II - Emperor Waltz

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Bruno Walter

Others who chose this artist

Maurice Ravel

4.

Maurice Ravel

Cat duet (from L'enfant et les sortilèges)

Composer: Maurice Ravel

Others who chose this artist

Gracia de Triana

5.

Gracia de Triana

Rincon De Espana

Performer: Gracia de Triana

Others who chose this artist

Giacomo Puccini

6.

Giacomo Puccini

In questa Reggia (from Turandot)

Composer: Giacomo Puccini

Others who chose this artist

The Melachrino Strings And Orchestra

7.

The Melachrino Strings And Orchestra

La Golondrina

Performer: The Melachrino Strings And Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Mary Ellis & Trevor Jones

8.

Mary Ellis & Trevor Jones

Fold Your Wings

Performer: Mary Ellis & Trevor Jones

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