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GUEST,Roger Rettig Lonnie Donegan's guitarists (61* d) Lonnie Donegan's guitarists..... 20 Mar 05

I've just re-read an old LD thread, and I noticed that someone was singing the praises of Lonnie's first guitarist, Denny Wright.

Of course, I also think Denny was an exceptional player, and I learned a great deal from trying to ape his solos! He was arguably the best player in town back then, even though Lonnie had to 'let him go' due to his excessive drinking.   But.... I also liked Jimmie Curry very much - he made an invaluable contribution to LD's sound.

Here's where it gets controversial; does anyone out there agree that the third player, Les Bennetts, was a distinct set-back! I thought him crass and flashy compared to the frst two incumbents, and was sorry that it was Bennetts, not Wright or Curry, who got so much exposure through the 'Putting On The Donegan' TV shows.

My thanks here to Donegan for inspiring me to become a musician - I've now been 'pro' since 1959!

Roger R

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