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GUEST,Roger Rettig Best song Lonnie Donegan ever performed (67* d) RE: Best song Lonnie Donegan ever performed 03 Mar 09

From: GUEST,Roger Rettig
Date: 02 Mar 09 - 08:08 PM

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

""Lonnie's voice? The best ever in the UK!!!" I despair!!!!!!"
"Since you despair, Tunesmith, who in your opinion deserves the title? Like you I'm a little cautious about 'best evers'...who's your choice?"
My contention is not so outrageous when you consider just how influential Lonnie was. He has to be responsible for sowing the seeds of appreciation of American roots-music in the minds of thousands of 'wanna-be' musicians in 1950s Britain.

I'd also add 'How Long Blues', 'I'm Alabammy Bound', 'Dead Or Alive', 'Lost John' and - from a later era - 'Michael Row The Boat Ashore'.

Lonnie Donegan was so far ahead of every other British singer of popular music at the time that it's almost laughable. When, eventually, we had others that could do justice to the genre (by the '60s?), you can bet on it that they owed something to Donegan.

I rest my case.....


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