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John Harvey-Jones

Roy Plomley's castaway is businessman John Harvey-Jones.

John Harvey-Jones, who is Chairman of the giant company Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), began his career in the Royal Navy and was a lieutenant-commander by the time he moved into industry at the age of 33. In conversation with Roy Plomley, he describes his rapid rise from trainee work study officer at ICI with not even one 'O' Level to being appointed Chairman.

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

Favourite track: Symphony No 1 in B Flat by Boyce
Book: The Loom of Language by Frederick Bodmer
Luxury: Trap (minus donkey)

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40 minutes

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Fri 25 Jan 1985 09:05

Music Played

  • Walter Zehle

    Viscount Nelson

    Orchestra: Band Of The Royal Marines, Portsmouth Conductor: Capt K A McLean

  • Fred Elizalde

    Melancholy Weeps

  • Johnny Desmond

    Long Ago and Far Away

    Artist: Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band

    • Marvellous Miller Moods.
  • The Omsk Russian Ensemble

    The Wilson Tree (Ivushka)

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • William Boyce

      Symphony No. 1 in B flat Major

      Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Neville Marriner

  • John Rutter

    Shepherd's Pipe Carol

    Choir: Clare College Singers Conductor: John Rutter

  • Pierre Phalèse

    Schiarazula Marazzula

    Orchestra: Ensemble Musica Aurea Conductor: Jean Wolteche

  • The Alan Parsons Project

    Ammonia Avenue

    • The Alan Parsons Project.
  • Book Choice

    • The Loom of Language - Frederick Bodmer

  • Luxury Choice

    • Trap (minus donkey)


Role Contributor
Presenter Roy Plomley
Interviewed Guest John Harvey-Jones


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