Dancing Prince! Charles shares which song gave him an ‘irresistible urge’ to boogie

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In celebration of a special radio broadcast for the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA), the Prince of Wales revealed a number of his favourite songs. The hour-long programme, aired on the eve of the NHS’s 73rd Birthday, aims to pay tribute to hospital radio stations across the country which have helped patients feel connected during the pandemic.

Speaking on the show, Music & Memories With HRH The Prince Of Wales, Charles revealed which songs gave him dancing fever.

The Prince of Wales recalled Givin’ Up, Givin’ In by The Three Degrees was a past favourite.

“Long ago, [the song] used to provide me with an irresistible urge to get up and dance,” he said.

Charles selected 12 more songs which will be played when the programme airs tomorrow.

The list includes La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf, Upside Down by Diana Ross, The Voice by Eimear Quinn, The Click Song by Miriam Makeba, You’re A Lady by Peter Skellern, La Mer by Charles Trenet, Bennachie by Old Blind Dogs, Lulu’s Back In Town by Dick Powell, and They Can’t Take That Away From Me by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers.

Another selected favourite is Barabara Streisand’s, Don’t Rain on My Parade, which holds a special place for Charles as he met the American actress and singer almost 50 years ago.

Recalling being utterly captivated by a younger Streisand in 1974, Charles said the song was “full of special memories”.

“I shall never forget her dazzling, effervescent talent and the unique vitality and attraction of her voice and her acting ability.

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“This next song, Don’t Rain on my Parade, is therefore full of special memories of — I hardly dare think of it now — 47 years ago.”

Other songs include Tros Y Garreg/Crossing the Stone by Catrin Finch and Tydi a Roddaist by Bryn Terfel.

Charles acknowledged the latter was “a prayer for those divine qualities of beauty, peace and harmony to be reflected in our own lives.”

He said: “That is my prayer for us all, as I close with my warmest possible good wishes to everyone in the hospital radio service, in the National Health Service and to all patients and their loved ones.”

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Prince Charles continued by discussing the importance of hospital radio for patients during the pandemic.

He said: “At all times, hospital radio provides an invaluable service to patients, staff and families.

“During current times, when we have been dealing with the effect of this dreadful pandemic, the role of hospital radio has been even more important, and I know it has been of immeasurable value in connecting people, in providing comfort and companionship, and in raising people’s spirits when that is needed.”

The programme will be broadcast on Sunday at midday at around 180 hospitals across the UK.

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