Soundtrack Of My Life: David Hasselhoff

The former Baywatch star spills the beans on his love for British music including Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and er, Monty Python

The first song I remember hearing
The Lovin’ Spoonful – ‘Summer in the City’
“It reminds me of growing up in Florida, that’s the one that always brings back the beach in Jacksonville. I go right back to that, I think I was 12 or 13.”

The first song I fell in love with
The Beatles – ‘And I Love Her’
“I was really young. I remember everyone in the room turned off the lights and wanted me to kiss this girl and I was too nervous. I was extremely shy with women at the time.”

The first album I ever bought
John Davidson – ‘Love Songs’
“John Davidson was a tall, good-looking crooner. This album was strictly romantic love songs. Really I bought his album because he was one that actually inspired me to become a singer.”

The song I want played at my funeral
Monty Python – ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’
“Monty Python is probably the greatest, brilliant comedians that ever lived. I love that song, and I used to do it in every one of my concerts when I was in Germany. The entire crew would come on stage, and we would get the entire audience, sometimes 10,000 people, singing that song.”

The first gig I went to
Led Zeppelin
“It was just unbelievable, I always wanted to meet Robert Plant, I just thought he’s been so brilliant, because he was crazy good looking, and it was crazy acid rock and roll.”

The song I do at Karaoke
Neil Diamond – ‘Sweet Caroline’
“I have a voice pretty much like Neil Diamond, it’s the same key. I do a lot of Neil Diamond songs when I have my concerts.”

The song that makes me want to dance
Michael Jackson – ‘Beat It’
“I think what makes me really want to dance is my girlfriend, you know when she starts to dance she’s so erotic and she’s such a good dancer, it just makes me wanna… I really like Michael Jackson. When he came out with ‘Thriller’, I thought that was an amazing album. Michael Jackson was really a genius.”

The perfect summer song
Jimi Jamison – ‘I’m Always Here’
“I think my perfect summer song is the theme to Baywatch. When we sing it in clubs the crowds have some ridiculous ritual of taking off their shirt. The last time I sang it was in Nottingham to a college crowd, it was their last day before they had to go home so I got a little carried away and said “lets all get naked” and the girls started taking off all their tops, and I got in a lot of trouble from my girlfriend.”

The gig I can’t wait for
Desert Trip
“Coachella has a follow up concert this year called Desert Trip, and it’s got the perfect line up; Paul McCartney, The Who, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones. I was on stage with Paul McCartney when he sang ‘Hey Jude’ at Coachella in 2009 and it was just one of the craziest moments of my life, it was just amazing to be standing by his piano.”