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Queen loves show tunes, rousing sing-song

Press AssociationPress Association 7/06/2016

The Queen's top 10 songs include show tunes from Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun, and a catchy track by George Formby, according to a radio program about her favourite music.

Our Queen: 90 Musical Years, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on June 12, spoke to the monarch's friends and relatives, who revealed the sovereign enjoys a rousing sing-song and has got great rhythm.

Oklahoma from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the same name, Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun and ukulele-playing Formby's Leaning On A Lamp-Post are among her favourite tracks, this week's Radio Times said.

Presenter Eve Pollard described the Queen's taste as "mainstream, no airs and graces" and said those closest to her said she has a "lovely voice" and enjoys a "rousing sing-song".

The Queen's cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson told the program: "We did a lot of singing at Kensington Palace. Nobody thought it was odd after dinner if we put on a record and all sang Doing The Lambeth Walk, so music has always been part of her life.

"The Queen loves the theatre and musicals like Showboat, Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun. ... The Queen is a fantastic dancer. She's got great rhythm."

Other tracks among the monarch's favourites are Cheek To Cheek sung by Fred Astaire in the movie Top Hat and - from more modern times - Sing performed by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives.

Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the song especially for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and it was performed at the jubilee concert.

Two hymns - Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven and The Lord Is My Shepherd - also feature, as does Dame Vera Lynn's wartime hit White Cliffs Of Dover, as well as an upbeat regimental march, and a medley by bandleader Lester Lanin, who played at the Queen's 60th birthday party.

The Queen is also able to sing all of George Formby's songs, the program reveals.


Oklahoma - Howard Keel

Anything You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun) - Dolores Gray and Bill Johnson

Sing - Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives

Cheek To Cheek - Fred Astaire

The White Cliffs Of Dover - Vera Lynn

Leaning On A Lamp-post - George Formby

Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Lester Lanin Medley

Regimental March "Milanollo"

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