Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:12 pm
Did some great material including skiffle, C&W and gospel. Check out his recording of "There's a big wheel" recorded in Nashville with The Jordanaires.
Here's some fast and furious work (early punk rock?!) from Lonnie.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSB-TMKkij0
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:35 am
Lonnie Donegan was a truly great and hugely innovative artist whose importance and relevance is sometimes overlooked in favour of Bill Haley and Elvis. But Lonnie was making the same in-roads as Elvis, at the very same time, but across the Atlantic, fusing country, blues, folk and jazz into the skiffle sound. For Elvis, it was gospel as opposed to jazz as a major ingredient in his artistry and the creation of the rockabilly sound. And as Elvis hit the charts with a bang, Lonnie done the same, at the same time, before faltering, like Elvis, when the Beatles hit and through a watered-down sound.
Unlike Elvis, however, Lonnie didn't find the charts much after 1962, but lived to see the appreciation of his peers and critics alike. He was a very special talent and one of THE pivotal artists who laid the foundation for the rock era.
Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:39 am
I remember Lonnie Donegan well. Lovely bloke, always cheerful.
Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:40 am
JaneTLC wrote:I remember Lonnie Donegan well. Lovely bloke, always cheerful.
He was a little messy with his chewing gum, though.
Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:43 am
Oh, I don't know, sometimes it actually enhances the flavour