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GUEST,Roger Rettig Best song Lonnie Donegan ever performed (67* d) RE: Best song Lonnie Donegan ever performed 02 Mar 09


Well - this is far too hard a choice; there were so many inspiring recordings from Lonnie in the 1950s.

The Decca stuff - while obviously of great interest - is a bit unpolished for my taste, but almost everything he did once he'd got Denny Wright on board, as well as Nick Nichols and Mickey Ashman, was worthy of note.

'Don't You Rock Me, Daddy-O' takes some beating; a great arrangement that still stands up today. 'Frankie & Johnny'? Of course! 'Rock o' My Soul' - excellent, but I never enjoyed Les Bennetts' guitar playing.

My two favourites are two less well-known tracks. 'I'm Just a Rolling Stone' and - the B-side of 'Fort Worth Jailhouse' - 'Whoa Buck'!!! Who remembers that one? Subtle, and Donegan at his very best! Even though that rather over-produced A-side had Les on guitar, 'Whoa Buck'
was an older track with Jimmy Currie playing the lead. Jimmy wasn't as good as Denny, but he could really lend atmosphere to a track, and he did wonders on this one.

Lonnie's voice? The best-ever in the UK!!!!!


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