They Can't Take That Away from Me

Jackie McGregor

Musical Memories That Colour Our Lives

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