The Prince of Wales recorded a conversation with hospital radio titled Music and Memories With HRH The Prince Of Wales to mark today’s National Thank You Day for NHS staff and key workers. From a traditional South African celebration song, The Click Song – Miriam Makeba, to American standards, They Can’t Take That Away From Me—Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, to disco, Upside Down – Diana Ross, the future king, represents a broad range of musical pursuits.
But perhaps the most distinguished remark in the programme is the 1978 groover Givin’ Up, Givin’ In by Philadelphia band The Three Degrees. It’s a number used to give him an “irresistible urge to get up and dance” and was played for him live on his 30th birthday. The Three Degrees’ lead singer Sheila Ferguson reacted well to this representation of royal approval, tweeting that it was “lovely” for the number to have given the Prince’s list of preferences.
The Prince of Wales has selected some of his favourite pieces of music. Prince Charles has opened up about his favourite songs in a new conversation, sharing the one that provides him with an “irresistible urge” to swing.
As well as recollections of dancing, Prince Charles also revealed a particularly touching reason for adding Dick Powell’s 1935 track Lulu’s Back In Town to the list—it makes him happy because it reminds him of his grandmother. The program is one of many events to honour the people who kept the country going during the pandemic. In addition, Prince Charles spoke of his admiration of hospital radio staff and volunteers for keeping moods high during a troubling time for several.
During current times, when humanity has been administering with the effect of this terrible pandemic, the purpose of hospital radio has been even more critical. It has been of extensive value in connecting people, providing comfort and companionship, and raising people’s spirits when needed. The Prince acknowledged.
The Prince of Wales has told his musical tastes to the public on several occasions in the past—in 2018, he revealed his love for Leonard Cohen’s music in a programme on Radio 3 and told Classic FM listeners about his favourite classical music in 2020.
The complete list of Prince Charles’ favourite songs includes:
- Givin’ Up, Givin’ In—The Three Degrees
- They Can’t Take That Away From Me—Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
- Don’t Rain On My Parade—Barbra Streisand
- La Vie En Rose—Edith Piaf
- La Mer—Charles Trenet
- Bennachie—Old Blind Dogs
- Upside Down—Diana Ross
- Lulu’s Back In Town—Dick Powell
- The Voice—Eimear Quinn
- The Click Song—Miriam Makeba
- You’re A Lady—Peter Skellern
- Tros Y Garreg/Crossing the Stone—Catrin Finch
- Tydi a Roddaist—Bryn Terfel
The songs are now ready to listen to on a playlist. Head to Spotify to hear them all.
Prerana Issar, NHS chief people officer, tended a memorial service at the London Blossom Garden at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford through the afternoon. Sadly, each of the colleagues who sadly died while caring for and protecting patients serves an irreplaceable canyon in a family and a workplace. She also demanded to encourage everyone to take a minute on Saturday to think and remember.
Grant McNaughton, the HBA’s chairman, said it was “truly amazing” for the Prince to acknowledge the commitment of hospital radio staff volunteers. The radio performance is one of many performances in the UK to regard national Thank You Day. Communities over the UK are being supported to come together to say thank you to all who have helped keep the country working during the pandemic.