Friday, October 25, 2013

VINCENT PRICE ON A DESERT ISLAND

ON MONDAY, THE 14TH OF JULY 1969, VINCENT PRICE WAS THE GUEST ON THE VENERABLE BBC RADIO PROGRAMME "DESERT ISLAND DISCS". 

Sadly . . . criminally . . . the episode no longer exists other than a four-and-a-half minute clip.  As part of our ongoing Countdown to Halloween (and because Vinnie has been absent for most of it), I thought I'd let you know what records Vinnie would take with him when the BBC marooned him on a desert island.  If you're not familiar with the 70+ year old BBC Radio programme, DESERT ISLAND DISCS is an institution which invites a guest on the show to talk about their life as well as to choose 8 discs which they would choose to have with them if they were marooned on a desert island with a hand-cranked record player.  In 1969, Vincent Price chose the following 8 discs:
  1. Claude Debussy:  L'isle Joyeuse.  Soloist:  Walter Gieseking
  2. Robert Schumann:  Frauenliebe und -Leben.  Soloists:  Kathleen Ferrier, John Newmark
  3. Ludwig van Beethoven:  Z√§rtliche Liebe (Tender Love) (Ich liebe dich).  Soloists: Kirsten Flagstad, Edwin Macarthur
  4. Franklin D. Roosevelt:  Human Rights (Speech)
  5. William Shakespeare:  Fear No More the Heat O' the Sun (from Cymbeline).  Artist:  Sir John Gielgud
  6. America the Beautiful.  Artist:  Vincent Price.
  7. Nature Boy.  Artist:  Nat King Cole.
  8. T.S. Eliot:  The Cocktail Party.  Artist:  Sir Alec Guinness
     

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