Main content

Adelaide Hall

Sue Lawley's castaway is jazz singer Adelaide Hall.

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]

Favourite track: Sophisticated Lady by Duke Ellington
Book: A book of American history
Luxury: Box of seeds

Available now

40 minutes

Last on

Fri 18 Jan 1991 09:05

Music Played

Add music you love and enjoy it with My Tracks
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Duke Ellington

      Sophisticated Lady

      • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra/Drop Me Off At Harl.
      • Conifer.
  • Peggy Lee


    • The Best Of Peggy Lee.
    • Capitol Records.
  • Pearl Bailey

    A House Is Not A Home

    • Pearl's Pearls.
    • RCA Classics.
  • Fats Waller

    Your Feet's Too Big

    • Fats Waller.
    • Joker.
  • Morecambe & Wise

    Bring Me Sunshine

    • Single.
    • Collins Classics.
  • Art Tatum

    Tea For Two

    • The Complete Capitol Recordings.
    • Capitol Records.
  • Flanagan and Allen


    • The Best Of Flanagan & Allen.
    • EMI.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

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

    • Ella Fitzgerald Vol 2.
    • Joker.
  • Book Choice

    • A book of American history

  • Luxury Choice

    • Box of seeds


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Adelaide Hall


Featured in...

The Desert Island Discs podcast

Subscribe or download individual episodes.

Listen to over 2,000 programmes


Read the surprising things we've learned about some stand-out castaways.

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

Featuring David Beckham, the funniest and most moving moments, animations and quizzes.

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

Why does Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece appeal to so many castaways?