iPlayer Radio What's New?
Listen
On Now : Saturday Review
Matisse cut-outs at Tate; Locke, RSC's Henry IV; Fargo on TV

Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Adelaide Hall

Adelaide Hall

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 13 Jan 1991

Jazz singer

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is jazz singer Adelaide Hall. Now in her 80s and still performing, she'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her days at the Cotton Club in New York, the Moulin Rouge in Paris and the secrets of her enduring popularity.

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

Choices

Duke Ellington

1.

Castaway's favourite

Duke Ellington

Sophisticated Lady

Performer: Duke Ellington

Others who chose this artist

Peggy Lee

2.

Peggy Lee

Fever

Performer: Peggy Lee

Others who chose this artist

Pearl Bailey

3.

Pearl Bailey

A House Is Not A Home

Performer: Pearl Bailey

Others who chose this artist

Fats Waller

4.

Fats Waller

Your Feet's Too Big

Performer: Fats Waller

Others who chose this artist

Morecambe & Wise

5.

Morecambe & Wise

Bring Me Sunshine

Performer: Morecambe & Wise

Others who chose this artist

Art Tatum

6.

Art Tatum

Tea For Two

Performer: Art Tatum

Others who chose this artist

Flanagan and Allen

7.

Flanagan and Allen

Strollin'

Performer: Flanagan and Allen

Others who chose this artist

Ella Fitzgerald

8.

Ella Fitzgerald

Oh, Lady be good (from Lady, Be Good!)

Performer: Ella Fitzgerald

Others who chose this artist

Book

A book of American history by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Box of seeds

Others who chose a similar luxury

There is only a short clip of this programme. Why?

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 02 Dec 1972

Actor, Jazz singer

Roy Plomley's castaway is jazz singer and actress Adelaide Hall.

Choices

Malcolm Roberts

1.

Malcolm Roberts

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Performer: Malcolm Roberts

Others who chose this artist

Mahalia Jackson

2.

Castaway's favourite

Mahalia Jackson

The Lord's Prayer

Performer: Mahalia Jackson

Others who chose this artist

Peter Skellern

3.

Peter Skellern

You're A Lady

Performer: Peter Skellern

Others who chose this artist

Adelaide Hall

4.

Adelaide Hall

That Old Feeling

Performer: Adelaide Hall

Others who chose this artist

Moira Anderson

5.

Moira Anderson

And This Is My Beloved

Performer: Moira Anderson

Others who chose this artist

Morecambe & Wise

6.

Morecambe & Wise

The Great Wall Of Harpended

Performer: Morecambe & Wise

Others who chose this artist

Shirley Bassey

7.

Shirley Bassey

Yesterday When I Was Young

Performer: Shirley Bassey

Others who chose this artist

Noël Coward

8.

Noël Coward

Let's Do It

Performer: Noël Coward

Others who chose this artist

Book

History of the United States by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Crochet needles and wool

Others who chose a similar luxury

Contact us

This site contains archive material. To comment or bring something to our attention, please get in touch.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.