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Don Black

Don Black

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First broadcast: Sun 22 Oct 1995

Lyricist

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is one of the country's most successful lyricists, Don Black.

Songs like Born Free and Diamonds are Forever, and musicals like Sunset Boulevard, Billy and Aspects of Love have made him a rich man. But he'll be talking to Sue Lawley of his early memories of his poor but happy Jewish family in the East End of London and how an apprenticeship on the New Musical Express led him into the world of popular music.

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

Choices

Lena Horne

1.

Lena Horne

The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

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Antonio Vivaldi

2.

Castaway's favourite

Antonio Vivaldi

The Four Seasons - Summer - 2nd movement

Orchestra: The London Chamber Orchestra

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Matt Monro

3.

Matt Monro

I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her

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Georges Bizet

6.

Georges Bizet

Au fond du temple saint (from The Pearl Fishers)

Soloist: Robert Merrill

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9.

10.

Book

14,000 Things To Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer

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Luxury item

Snooker table

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