Inspired By Music - celebrities pick their favourite songs

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Inspired By Music - celebrities pick their favourite songs

Ozzy Osbourne on ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by Procol Harum. “When I hear that haunting melody on the Hammond organ I immediately become transfixed.” Ozzy and other stars have come together for a new book, 'Inspired By Music', sharing stories of how music has changed their lives. The book will be sold in aid of youth charity The Prince's Trust: www.princes-trust.org.uk/inspired.

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Mark Ronson on ‘Fools Gold’ by The Stone Roses. “I recall hearing it and it changed my entire musical perspective because it was a combination of New York hip-hop and British pop melody. It had that amazing sampled breakbeat with this haunting, incredible melody delivered by Ian Brown.” Photo: Cambridge Jones

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Al Pacino on ‘You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught’ by Rodgers and Hammerstein. “It was a crucial time in our country’s history when the racial tension in the south was raging and the play ('South Pacific') was a direct reference to it. I thought it had a real passion in it and a relevance to the times we were living in.” Photo: Cambridge Jones

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs on ‘It’s Like That’ by Run DMC. “For me it was young, it was strong, it was black, it was powerful. It was hip-hop and it made me feel like I could do anything.” Photo: Cambridge Jones

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Cerys Matthews on ‘How Can I Keep From Singing?’ by Robert Wadsworth Lowry: “I love the melody of this piece but it is the words that get me: ‘No storm can shake my inmost calm. While to that refuge clinging. Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n and Earth. How can I keep from singing?’” Photo: Cambridge Jones

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Jools Holland on ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder. "Every element of the song is amazing! What the bass plays is fantastic. There’s the drums, the two guitars, then there’s the strings… the whole world musically is in that song. It inspired me as a musician and a songwriter.” Photo: Cambridge Jones

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Kevin Spacey on ‘In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning’ by Frank Sinatra. “It is a moody, late-night kind of song you’d expect to hear in a blues bar or jazz joint. The kind where smoke drifts through the single spotlight on the stage and a crowd leans in to hear the tale of a lost love.” Photo: Cambridge Jones

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Michael Sheen on ‘Song To The Siren’ By Tim Buckley. “The lyrics are beautiful and poetic but it’s slightly unclear as to what’s going on. It’s the siren call that people find hard to resist and it’s about not being able to stop yourself doing something that’s going to be bad for you, destructive for you.” Photo: Cambridge Jones

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Bill Nighy on ‘Things Have Changed’ by Bob Dylan. “The fact that I find this song inspiring could indicate that I am not in very good shape, given that it contains some grim observations of how bad things can get. What is uplifting, apart from its general brilliance, is that it is thrilling to know that you are not alone in these matters.” Photo: Cambridge Jones

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Boris Johnson on ‘The Character Of A Happy Life’ by Sir Henry Wotton. “It’s about liberation that comes with trying to tell the truth exactly as you see it and it is to be recommended to anyone contemplating a career in politics, or journalism, or indeed as any other kind of human being.” Photo: Cambridge Jones

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Tony Blair on ‘Ave Maria’ by Renee Fleming. “The song itself is extraordinary, full of poignant emotion. At a time when a close friend was dying, I used to play it and the peace and serenity of it was a source of comfort.” Words and pictures in this gallery are taken from 'Inspired By Music', a book which aims to raise money for The Prince's Trust. Photo: Cambridge Jones

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