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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 09 Oct 2011

Hairdresser

Kirsty Young's castaway is the veteran hairdresser Vidal Sassoon.

He developed the architecturally precise bobs and cropped styles that were a defining look of the 1960s. Mary Quant, Mia Farrow and Twiggy were among the glamorous clients who came to his salons in London and Beverly Hills.

His scissors and ambition lifted him out of the grinding poverty of his childhood - he spent six years in an orphanage because his mother could not afford to keep him at home. Now aged 83, he says:" I've had the best adventure you could possible have, for a kid that started from nowhere."

Choices

Dinah Washington

1.

Dinah Washington

What a Difference a Day Makes

Composer: Adams/Grever

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Billy Eckstine

2.

Castaway's favourite

Billy Eckstine

Everything I have is yours

Composer: Lane/Adamson

Others who chose this artist

Anton Bruckner

3.

Anton Bruckner

Part of the first movement from the 9th symphony

Artist: The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis

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Charles Aznavour

4.

Charles Aznavour

What Makes a Man

Composer: Aznavour/Aznavour/Craig

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Giacomo Puccini

5.

Giacomo Puccini

Un bel di – One beautiful day – from Madame Butterfly

Artist: Kiri Te Kanawa

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The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

6.

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

The Way You Look Tonight

Composer: Fields and Kern

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Gustav Mahler

7.

Gustav Mahler

Part of Symphony No.8

Artist: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - with Jon Villars, The City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus. With the London Symphony Chorus & the Toronto Children’s Chorus all conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

Others who chose this artist

The Count Basie Orchestra

8.

The Count Basie Orchestra

April in Paris

Composer: Vernon Duke

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A dozen bottles of Vidal Sassoon hair shampoo

Others who chose a similar luxury

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 27 Jun 1970

Hair stylist

Roy Plomley's castaway is hair stylist Vidal Sassoon.

Choices

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

1.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue

Others who chose this artist

Jean Sibelius

2.

Castaway's favourite

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 2 in D major

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major

Soloist: Daniel Barenboim Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Pietro Mascagni

6.

Pietro Mascagni

Cavalleria Rusticana

Soloist: Franco Corelli Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

Others who chose this artist

Book

Thesaurus by

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Luxury item

Piece of sculpture by Baracal

Others who chose a similar luxury

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