“I could listen to Ella on loop”

The South
The South

TICKETS are all gone for The South’s show at The Stables this week.

The band, featuring original members of The Beautful South, of course, will be at the Wavendon venue on Monday as part of their Small Is Beautiful tour.

Singer Ali Wheeler tackled our Cue and Play questions...

Tell us about the first record you bought

Kim Wilde – Kids in America.

I was very fortunate that my dad owned a music shop in the 70s and 80s selling instruments, sheet music, vinyl and was the first VHS and BETA video rental service in our town.

Dad ensured we bought our records, which I avidly saved pocket money for

An album you can’t live without

Ella & Louis/Again – Classic songs sung by classic singers of their time.

I was introduced to these albums back in 1991 when I first met my husband.

He led me hand in hand into the world of jazz.

I could listen to Ella on loop. What a voice. Stunning, simple songs.

Mosty embarrassing record in your collection

I totally balme my dad for allowing me access to the shop’s then ‘current’ album collection.

If you search deep in my vinyl albums, there are several cringers, but I think The Very Best of Dollar is the stonker!

What can I say? I was young, naive, but boy did I love a pop song.

Your favourite cheesy disc

The Best of Wham!

Loved that band as a kid. Regret not seeing them live, but still hold a bit of a torch for them.

An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t

Fleet Foxes – haven’t heard one person give this band a band review.

Caught them on the festival circuit this year.

Great sound. Very pure, very beautiful music.

What about your favourite artist of all time?

Being a vocalist, it’s obvious I’d go for a singer.

Not quite pop or mainstream, but my favourite artist has to be Barbra Streisand.

Many have tried to match her over time, but she is simply the best singer I have ever heard.

Though not as technical as Beyonce (boy do I love her too), there is just something about her delivery that sends shivers down my spine.

Never one for writing, but her voice as an instrument is so alluring

If you could meet one musician or band, who would it be?

Beyonce. I find her fascinating.

An amazing range, amazing stage presence, brilliant dancer and very empowering for females.

I’d love a look inside the Beyonce/Jay Z empire.

An intriguing couple who are dominating their end of the market and deservedly so.

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

Stargirl by McFly

And one that chills you out

Le Femme D’Argent by Air

You cans step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours.

Who do you choose?

I’d love to step into the shoes of Lady Gaga for 24 hours.

Wouldn’t that be completely insane?

I’d love to see what is behind the Haus of Gaga.

I love the whole concept of living art – which I truly feel she is.