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Thread #65947   Message #1535483
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
05-Aug-05 - 05:06 AM
Thread Name: Lonnie Donegan: Whatcha All Fink Of Him
Subject: RE: Lonnie Donegan: Whatcha All Fink Of Him
by the way that should read Big Al Whittle - wouldn't want to you to think I had changed the nature of the act.

Lonnie was amazing. I saw his last performance at Nottingham - he was tremendous. People were walking away saying that is the best gig I have ever seen.

Like a lot of talented people - i don't suppose he was all that savvy and I don't suppose education was at the top of his list of ambitions when he was a young man. i remember an interview where he explained that he had lost all his best years earnings due to the bad advice of an accountant whom he had assumed was competent to handle his tax. As well as shame upon the Inland revenue for not offering to rectify and stealing much more than they were really entitled to - I think it may explain how he would be short of cash and floundering about looking for money everywhere - perhaps this excuses the business with Asch. Perhaps someone closer to him could say if this guess is right.

either way, he really did his damndest, he did very well for us on every level. when we came to folk music - we found we knew an amazing number of songs and writers through him.

what really can you argue with.... the talent, the style, the effort, the professionalism. Offstage I didn't know - some people have hinted he wasn't very nice. I'm sorry if this was so. All I can say is he gave a lot to me, and to me he stil sounds pretty good.

al