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Sir James Callaghan

Sir James Callaghan

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First broadcast: Sun 18 Oct 1987

Former Prime Minister, Politician - Labour

Sir James Callaghan has the distinction of being the only politician to have held the four highest offices in the state. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary, before becoming Prime Minister in 1976. In an interview with Michael Parkinson recorded in April 1987, he looks back on his career and chooses the eight records to take to the mythical island.

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

Choices

Fats Waller

1.

Fats Waller

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 41 in C major 'Jupiter' - 3rd movement

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Karl Böhm

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Frédéric Chopin

3.

Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1

Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Bob Newhart

4.

Bob Newhart

Introducing Tobacco To Civilisation

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Sir Hubert Parry

5.

Sir Hubert Parry

Jesu, lover of my soul

Choir: Huddersfield Choral Society

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Joseph Canteloube

6.

Joseph Canteloube

Sheperd's Song (from Songs of the Auvergne)

Soloist: Josephine Jones Choir: Treorchy Male Voice Choir

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Johann Sebastian Bach

7.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 In G major

Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Benjamin Britten

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The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines

8.

The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines

The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Has Ended / Sunset

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Book

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Luxury item

Telescope and a star-gazing book

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