Thursday, January 20, 2022

On a desert island with Paul

 January 20, 1982 -  Paul McCartney was on the "Desert Island Disc" radio program and listed the songs he would want with him on a desert island.   Here are his choices and why - I wonder if he would choose any of the same songs 40 years later. 

1.  Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley

It takes me back to when I was first buying records,” “I remember being at school when this record came out.

2.  Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry

With Chuck Berry, I choose ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ because it sums him up for me,”  “To us, he was a magician making music that was exotic, yet normal, at the same time,”

3.  Courtly Dances - Benjamin Britton and the Julian Bream Consort Orchestra

My preference will always be for rock’n’roll,” “But I do like a lot of classical music. I don’t know much about it but I like the great tunes in classical music… There’s just something special about it, I’ve loved it for years.

4.  Be-Bop-A-Lu-La - Gene Vincent 

The first song I ever bought was Gene Vincent‘s ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’,”  “Those are the kind of things that just sent tingles up your spine. To me [rock ‘n’ roll] seemed like a whole new direction of music… All these people in crazy clothes with guitars and slicked-back hair!” 

5.  Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) - John Lennon

I haven’t chosen any Beatle records,” Paul shares. “I haven’t chosen any of my records. So to sum up the whole thing I’ve chosen one from John Lennon‘s Double Fantasy, which I think is a beautiful song. It’s very moving to me.”

6.  Searchin' - The Coasters

Now this is one we used to do at the Cavern,” Paul enthused. “There were to girls called Cris and Val and they used to say, ‘Sing Searchin” Paul. That used to be the big request from Cris and Val so we always used to do this one. It was a big favorite with the group.”

7.  Tutti Frutti - Little Richard

Again I’ve just chosen one to sum him up,”  “He’s a friend of mine from the Hamburg days.

8.  Walking in the Park with Eloise - Wings

This one was one written by my dad.  He really used to love this one,”


  1. I remember listening to this on the radio when it was first broadcast nearly 40 years ago. I thought it was a few months later than this as I thought he was also promoting Tug Of War but after 40 years, my memory COULD be off! (MarkZapp)