The Queen’s top 10 songs include a catchy track by Wiganer George Formby and show tunes from Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun, according to a radio programme about her favourite music.
Our Queen: 90 Musical Years, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday 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 is also able to sing all of George Formby’s songs, the programme reveals.
When the monarch’s correspondence secretary once doubted whether, as head of the armed forces and head of the Church of England, it was appropriate for her to say yes to becoming president of the George Formby Appreciation Society, the Queen was said to have replied, “Well, I do see that, but you see I love George Formby... I know all his songs and I can sing them.”
Formby’s Leaning On A Lamp-post features the lyrics: “I’m leaning on a lamp-post at the corner of the street, In case a certain little lady comes by. Oh me, oh my.”
Here are the Queen’s top 10 tracks:
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”
Our Queen: 90 Musical Years will be broadcast on Sunday June 12 at 7pm on BBC Radio 2.