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#1 Tim Murray

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 09:56

The next castaway on BBC's 'Desert Island Discs' programme will be Murray Walker. The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this coming Sunday (16th March) at 11.15 am, and repeated the following Friday (21st March) at 9.00 am. It should also be available on iPlayer. We can all wind down after the GP with some of Murray's favourite music - the BBC blurb below hints that 'The Chain' will be one of his choices.

 

http://www.radiotime...--murray-walker


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#2 Giraffe

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:10

It may be fun to try to guess what Murray may play (not spoof suggestions though), I mean what we think would reflect his tastes in music.

 

I will go for Stranger on the shore  -  Acker Bilk.



#3 kayemod

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:52

 

 

I will go for Stranger on the shore  -  Acker Bilk.

 

Possibly, unless you're very much mistaken.



#4 E.B.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:56

They're very much mistaken about his age. If he turned 90 in October then he is unlikely to be "now 91".

#5 David Beard

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:01

He's got to include "The Chain" surely?



#6 Slurp1955

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:06

Nice to see they've finally gone for a celebrity version of this show. JohnP

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#7 kayemod

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:06

They're very much mistaken about his age. If he turned 90 in October then he is unlikely to be "now 91".

 

If they'd said "In his 91st year", that would have covered it, but anyone know how the old codger is doing? I used to see him fairly regularly in his local pub The Augustus John in Fordingbridge, but thinking about it, not for quite some time.



#8 Giraffe

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:37

On days like these  -  Matt Munro. :smoking:

 

http://www.youtube.c...QIRbV_noi8#t=60

 

Theme from "Grand Priix"

 


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#9 Tim Murray

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 13:24

It may be fun to try to guess what Murray may play (not spoof suggestions though), I mean what we think would reflect his tastes in music.

There are some clues in his autobiography:

 

Frank Sinatra was the man, Peggy Lee was the woman and the big bands of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller were and still are my passion.

So I'll go for Sinatra's 'My Way' and Peggy Lee singing 'Fever'.


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#10 Vitesse2

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 14:30

Agreed on 'Fever', Tim - but I suspect Murray's taste for Sinatra goes further back than that. 'Angel Eyes' perhaps? Or maybe 'Come Fly With Me' or 'I've Got You Under My Skin'?



#11 kayemod

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 14:48

Agreed on 'Fever', Tim - but I suspect Murray's taste for Sinatra goes further back than that. 'Angel Eyes' perhaps? Or maybe 'Come Fly With Me' or 'I've Got You Under My Skin'?

 

My favourite is the Jackie Mason live act where he accuses Sinatra of trying to kill him.

 

Bang! .... doobie, doobie, doo.. .



#12 RTH

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 18:42

Agreed on 'Fever', Tim - but I suspect Murray's taste for Sinatra goes further back than that. 'Angel Eyes' perhaps? Or maybe 'Come Fly With Me' or 'I've Got You Under My Skin'?

Or my own personal favourite this

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=li_TEs3TANU



#13 Glengavel

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:55

It may be fun to try to guess what Murray may play (not spoof suggestions though), I mean what we think would reflect his tastes in music.

 

I will go for Stranger on the shore  -  Acker Bilk.

 

I agree about not including spoof suggestions, because then people would be suggesting things like The Pointer Sisters "I'm So Excited".



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 10:42

It may be a sign of the times but last week I dropped off a bag of clothes at the local charity shop and spotted Murray's excellent autobiography "Unless I am very much mistaken" on the bookshelf for a whopping 50p.  As I have been a Rudge fan all my adult life and Murray and I rode together on vintage bikes at the Goodwood FoS in 2000 (he on his Dad's ex-works Rudge Replica and me on a borrowed 1902 de Dion-engined Werner), I had always intended to buy a copy.  Never expected to find such a bargain, and first impressions are very favourable.

 

I shall be listening on Sunday.  Incidentally i-Player now has a lot of early Desert Island Discs programmes from the earliest years which make very interesting listening, if one finds oneself with an hour or two to spare.  A bit like YouTube, you start listening to one then inevitably get drawn into others... Addictive.

 

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PS As I was of course busy riding my feeble veteran Werner that day in July 2000, I have no pictures of the event.  Which is annoying as we were snapped by dozens of photographers as we waited on the line for the off.  I was sandwiched between Murray Walker and the late Barry Sheene, riding one of his old GP Suzukis lent to him for the event.  I have tried before on this forum to locate someone who was taking pictures that day but the longer ago it is, the less likely I am to find them...  Unless you know differently!!  That was the year when the event was stopped short on the Sunday due the tragic accident which killed Australian enthusiast Dawson-Damer driving a Lotus 63 hitting the finish gantry, also killing one marshall and injuring others.  A very sad end to an otherwise delightful weekend.


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#15 Gary C

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 12:36

Our own RTH hasn't even hinted at the part he played in Murray becoming the guest on this programme........



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 16:44

Whatever his choice on Desert Island I personally wish him well,  I'm sure Murray is as every bit a decent, likeable , intelligent and very witty man as he comes across.. A real character and legend, in this land of many non-entity so called celebrities.. ...



#17 RTH

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 12:05

Lovely.



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 14:05

An as enjoyable 45 mins of radio as anyone might wish to listen to. Murray never ever come across as anything other than a sincerely passionate warmhearted person and his selection reflected that perception perfectly. Thanks for the heads up Tim.



#19 Tim Murray

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 09:04

Murray's musical choices are now up on the BBC site:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...rammes/b03xzx62

 

The only one of them we guessed correctly was (of course) 'The Chain'. :blush:



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#20 ensign14

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 09:45

The third choice was the biggest-selling single the year I was born.

The second-biggest seller was the immortal "Mouldy Old Dough" by Lieutenant Pigeon.

And the number 1 the day I was born was "School's Out" by Alice Cooper.

It's possible that this comparative leftfieldness informed my musical tastes...

#21 Tim Murray

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 10:29

And the number 1 the day I was born was "School's Out" by Alice Cooper.

... with Terry Dactyl/Jona Lewie at #2 and 'Silver Machine' in the Top 10. :up: :up:

 

However, if you'd been born a few days earlier, your birth #1 would have been 'Puppy Love'. :p



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 10:46

 

... with Terry Dactyl/Jona Lewie at #2 and 'Silver Machine' in the Top 10. :up: :up:
 
However, if you'd been born a few days earlier, your birth #1 would have been 'Puppy Love'. :p

I was two weeks overdue. I maintain I must have heard TOTP in the womb and thought "if that's the best they can do, I'm staying here."

#23 Vitesse2

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:02

Dammit! I was going to suggest some Glenn Miller! He even chose my favourite Miller tune too! Here's 'American Patrol' with some rather well-preserved warbirds for your delectation: