For the past few decades, my prepared answer to the question that I was hoping might be asked in the kind of situations that crop up when you're (rich and) famous was 'Old Man River by Paul Robeson'.
The question: 'What is the first single you bought?'
This morning, however, I realised that all these years, I'd been living a lie. I was driving to the municipal recycling centre, listening to Desert Island Discs on the radio. The guest was the poet Ian McMillan. His second song was 'Donald Where’s Your Troosers?' by Andy Stewart. I suddenly realised that that was the first single I ever bought, or rather that I nagged my mother to buy me, influenced by Robert McLeod, who lived up the road in what was then Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, and who once had to be rushed to hospital after I caught his finger in a door in a game gone wrong. I reckon we were between six and eight at the time. Can't be sure. I wonder what happened to Robert McLeod?