BBC.CO.UK REPORTS / UNITED KINGDOM – The Prince of Wales has revealed some of his favourite songs, with artists Diana Ross, Edith Piaf and Barbra Streisand making the list. He highlighted soul group The Three Degrees’ pop hit Givin’ Up, Givin’ In as a track that used to give him “an irresistible urge to get up and dance”.
Prince Charles shared his songs as part of a special show on hospital radio to thank NHS staff and volunteers. It will air at midday and his 13-song playlist will be released on Spotify. The hour-long programme was recorded as part of a national Thank You Day being held on Sunday to celebrate people who helped respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was recorded for the Hospital Broadcasting Association made up of hospital radio stations, and the prince paid tribute to all the hospital radio volunteers who had helped entertain patients and staff during the crisis.
The future king’s list of songs from throughout his life is varied, with tracks from artists from South Africa, Scotland, France and the Irish Republic.
The song Givin’ Up Givin’ In was performed by The Three Degrees on his 30th birthday, and he described it as “one of my favourites and, long ago, used to provide me with an irresistible urge to get up and dance”. Another song – the 1935 track Lulu’s Back In Town by Dick Powell – made him happy because it reminded him of his grandmother, the prince said. And he picked Don’t Rain On My Parade by Barbra Streisand as he recalled seeing the star perform at Warner Bros Studios in California when he served as a young lieutenant on HMS Jupiter in the 1970s.
- Givin’ Up, Givin’ In – The Three Degrees
- Don’t Rain On My Parade – Barbra Streisand
- La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf
- Upside Down – Diana Ross
- The Voice – Eimear Quinn
- The Click Song – Miriam Makeba
- You’re A Lady – Peter Skellern
- La Mer – Charles Trenet
- Bennachie – Old Blind Dogs
- Lulu’s Back In Town – Dick Powell
- They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
- Tros Y Garreg/Crossing the Stone – Catrin Finch
- Tydi a Roddaist – Bryn Terfel
It is not the first time the prince has shared the music he likes: in 2018 he spoke about his love of Leonard Cohen, and he also spoke to Classic FM about his favourite classical pieces last year.