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David Beckhams Eight Desert Island Discs And Why He Chose Them For
Radio 4s 75th Anniversary Special
I get emotional talking about it.
David Beckham was today interviewed as a castaway on Radio 4, to celebrate
the 75th birthday of its flagship programme, Desert Island Discs. Like every
other guest in its long history, the superstar was invited to choose eight
records that all mean the most to him.

Heres what he chose and why...

Ella Fitzgerald - Every Time We Say Goodbye

This was playing every Saturday morning when we visited my grandparents. I would
walk in and sit in my granddads chair, and he would walk in and say out. He was
stern but loving, and was exactly the same with my children.

Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers - What A Fool Believes...

This reminds me of being with my parents, driving up to the Bobby Charlton
Academy, stopping at the Little Chef, eating gammon. My dad would play this
album from start to finish and sing at the top of his voice.

Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection

This is from the 1990s in Manchester, there were so many things going on. It
was the time of the Hacienda. I probably only went there once, but certain songs
remind me of Manchester.

Elton John - Something About The Way You Look Tonight

1999 was a very special year. I won the treble, I got married, and we had our first
child, Brooklyn. We became friends with Elton and he was coming to the wedding to
perform this song, and we got a call in the morning to say hed had a heart attack
and couldnt come. We christened the kids a couple of years after that, and he
came and performed this for us, and its a very special song for us.

Alejandro Sanz - No Es No Lismo

It reminds me of Madrid and the four years that I spent there. Victoria laughs at me
because I always jump into the culture from day one, but I did the same with
Madrid. I knew I had to learn the language, so I went to a Spanish bar, sitting on my
own. This man is an amazing talent and a good friend.

Rolling Stones - Wild Horses

Its such a strong powerful song, sung by one of the best bands of all time.
Whenever Ive gone through a tough time, or on the way to a game, this is one
song that reminds me of great occasions.
Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney - The Girl Is Mine Bechet
There are special moments you have with your children. When - Si Tu
Harper was only a few weeks old, Id try to make her smile. This Ma
song is my special moment with my little girl. Mere
d spent so many years as a professional footballer, at some
point I knew it had to come to an end. I had a phone call from the
owners of PSG so I moved to Paris. This is for reflections, for
Paris, for France, and an important moment in my career, when
I retired, I finished playing.

The one tune hed take above all the others?

Ella Fitzgerald - Every Time We Say Goodbye.

His book ?
One of my passions, On Fire by Francis Mallmann. It
teaches you to cook anywhere, so if I was stuck on island, I
could rustle up something.

His luxury item?

My England caps.

Listen to David Beckhams Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio iPlayer.

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Desert Island Discs was created by Roy Plomley in 1942, and the format is
simple: a guest is invited by Kirsty Young to choose the eight records they
would take with them to a desert island