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Thread #132214   Message #2989372
Posted By: GUEST,Tunesmith
18-Sep-10 - 04:45 PM
Thread Name: What If Lonnie Donegan had not existed?
Subject: What If Lonnie Donegan had not existed?
I've always been underwhelmed by Lonnie Donegan! Well, actually that's not exactly true because I think I was a fan for a couple of weeks back in 1956.
Lonnie did get thousands of UK lads to take up the guitar back in the mid-50s but, if Lonnie hadn't existed, those same lads would have taken up the guitar as soon as Elvis, Buddy, Eddie etc appeared. And, as it happens, those lads - almost to a man - ditched
Lonnie in favour of Elvis, Buddy and friends as soon as they hit the charts.
And, let's not forget, that Lonnie dented - severely, the impact of The Kingston Trio in the UK with his cover versions of their U.S. hits.
Indeed, has he had any positive and lasting impact on the UK folk music scene at all? Well, no!