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Sir Harry Secombe

Harry Secombe

Sir Harry Secombe

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 21 Dec 1997

Comedian, Singer

This is an archive edition of Desert Island Discs. What follows is what was said about the programme at the time:

Sue Lawley's castaway this week has celebrated more than 50 years as a professional performer - he's the comedian and singer Harry Secombe.

At 76, he can still hit the cruel Cs, although these days he turns puce with the effort. He can still make an audience laugh itself silly and numbers Prince Charles among his many fans. He's most definitely the best raspberry-blower in the business. Today he recalls the early days of The Goon Show with Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine. He remembers the nights spent in review alongside those Windmill girls dressed only in beads - "and most of those were sweat". And he describes how presenting Highway and Songs of Praise has left him feeling humble.

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

Choices

Maurice Chevalier

1.

Maurice Chevalier

My Old Dutch

Composer: Chas Ingle Artist: Peter Sellers

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Giacomo Puccini

2.

Giacomo Puccini

Che gelida manina (Your tiny hand is frozen) (from La Bohème)

Soloist: Beniamino Gigli Orchestra: Chorus and Orchestra Of La Scala

Others who chose this artist

Newport

3.

Newport

How Sweet The Name Of Jesus Sounds

Composer: Belmont Choir: London Emmanuel Choir

Georges Bizet

5.

Georges Bizet

Au fond du temple saint (from The Pearl Fishers)

Soloist: Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill Orchestra: Orchestra Of Capitole De Toulouse + Chorus

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The Ambrosian Singers

6.

The Ambrosian Singers

The Holy City

Soloist: Stuart Burrows

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Kiri Te Kanawa

7.

Kiri Te Kanawa

Bäilèro (from Songs of the Auvergne)

Others who chose this artist

Ralph Vaughan Williams

8.

Castaway's favourite

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fantasia On Greensleeves

Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Eugene Ormandy

Others who chose this artist

9.

10.

Book

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Others who chose this author

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 10 Sep 1956

Goon Show comedian, Singer

Roy Plomley's castaway is actor and comedian Harry Secombe.

Choices

Ralph Vaughan Williams

1.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fantasia On Greensleeves

Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra Conductor: John Barbirolli

Others who chose this artist

Royal Welsh Male Choir

2.

Royal Welsh Male Choir

Sospan Fach

Felix Mendelssohn

4.

Felix Mendelssohn

O, for the wings of a dove (from Hear My Prayer)

Soloist: Ernest Lough, G Thalben-Ball Choir: Choir Of Temple Church, Temple

Others who chose this artist

Giacomo Puccini

5.

Giacomo Puccini

E Lucevan Le Stelle (from Tosca)

Soloist: Guiseppe di Stefano

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Dylan Thomas

6.

Dylan Thomas

Polly Garter's Song (from Under Milk Wood)

Artist: Diana Maddox

Others who chose this artist

9.

Luxury item

Collapsible concrete model of Broadcasting House

Others who chose a similar luxury

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