Does a particular song take you back to a certain time and place? More than 100 A-list celebrities were asked what songs bring back special memories.
- Film star Joan Collins The Way You Look Tonight reminds her of the first dance at her wedding to Percy Gibson.
- TV presenter Richard Madeley remembers playing guitar at the local folk club when he hears American Pie by Don McLean.
- Pavarotti's rendition of Nessun Dorma sets off memories of the 1990 World Cup for Gary Lineker
- Joanna Lumley thinks of her childhood in the Far East whenever she hears Nat King Cole singing Stardust.
Music is one of the most evocative forces on earth. A whole cascade of memories can be brought on by a single tune. They Can't Take That Away From Me is a musical memory tour with the stars to a place where it is yesterday once more.
Celebrities include Kim Catrall, Denise Welch, Cliff Richard, Dame Judi Dench, Graham Norton, Joanna Lumley, Joan Collins, Chris Tarrant, David Soul, Jane McDonald, Michael Aspel, Lorraine Kelly, Alan Titchmarsh,Neil Sedaka, Daniel O'Donnell, Gary Lineker, Noel Edmonds, Paul O Grady, Richard Madeley, Angela Griffin, Michael Palin, Rula Lenska, Adele Parks, Joanna Trollope and Lynda Bellingham
A wonderful idea. My mother had Alzheimer's and even when she was in the final stages music seemed to have a calming effect on her.
20th April 2012 4:19PM
This is a perfect book for dipping into and enjoying on a summer afternoon. It's packed with musical memories from all sorts of celebrities - musicians, writers, politicians, television personalities - and the music which means most to them will come as a surprise to many of us. Ann Widdecombe - what piece of music means most to Ann? A classic waltz, an excerpt from an opera, a pop song? You'll never guess!
So buy this book, raise money for Alzheimer sufferers, and have an enlightening read yourself.
Milly Johnson on
20th April 2012 4:14PM
Although I may be slightly biased - because I'm in this book - you can't take it away from Jackie that she has put together a lovely, lovely collection of musical memories for the very best cause. It makes you want to look up a lot of the songs and play them as you read to discover the magic in them that stirs up memories for so many. I defy you to read it without a tear coming to your eye and a smile to your lips.
Ann Reece on
14th February 2012 2:01PM
A delightful book for music lovers, with particular poignancy for anyone whose life has been touched by dementia. Thoroughly entertaining. Hard to put down and likely to remain a ‘coffee table’ book for sometime to dip back into again and again.