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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Peter O'Sullevan

Peter O'Sullevan

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 28 Sep 1997

Horse-racing commentator

Sue Lawley's castaway this week has been the voice of racing for half a century. Due to retire in November 1997, Peter O'Sullevan calculates that he has commentated on some 14,000 races.

After calling his last Grand National earlier this year he perhaps breathed a sigh of relief, because even after 50 broadcasts he admits to still finding the responsibility nerve-wracking. Horses have always been his life. He owns them, bets on them, writes about them and campaigns for their welfare, with the same enthusiasm that he had as a young boy riding with his grandparents' groom, Truelove.

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

Choices

Louis Armstrong

1.

Louis Armstrong

Panama

Performer: Louis Armstrong

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Guamary

2.

Guamary

Floreo De Llamas (Dance Of The Flames)

Performer: Guamary

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Duke Ellington

3.

Duke Ellington

It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing

Performer: Duke Ellington

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Édith Piaf

4.

Édith Piaf

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Performer: Édith Piaf

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Ella Fitzgerald

5.

Ella Fitzgerald

Lush Life

Performer: Ella Fitzgerald

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Dave Brubeck

6.

Dave Brubeck

Take Five

Performer: Dave Brubeck

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Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

7.

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

The Lady Is A Tramp

Soloist: Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli

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Ludwig van Beethoven

8.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor'

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Others who chose this artist

Book

Ends and Means by Aldous Huxley

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Bottle Of Calvados

Others who chose a similar luxury

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