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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

Mary Ellis

5.

Mary Ellis

Waking And Sleeping

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Peggy Lee

6.

Peggy Lee

Don't Smoke In Bed

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Peter Sarstedt

7.

Peter Sarstedt

Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?

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Frank Sinatra

8.

Castaway's favourite

Frank Sinatra

Just One Of Those Things

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9.

Book

Who's Who In The Theatre by

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Luxury item

Photo of mother

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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

Noël Coward

2.

Noël Coward

I'll Follow My Secret Heart

Soloist: Yvonne Printemps

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Johann Sebastian Strauss

3.

Johann Sebastian Strauss

Johann Strauss II - Emperor Waltz

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Bruno Walter

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Maurice Ravel

4.

Maurice Ravel

Cat duet (from L'enfant et les sortilèges)

Soloist: Legoughy, Mac'Hadar Orchestra: French National Radio Orchestra

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Giacomo Puccini

6.

Giacomo Puccini

In questa Reggia (from Turandot)

Soloist: Eva Turner

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Mary Ellis & Trevor Jones

8.

Mary Ellis & Trevor Jones

Fold Your Wings

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