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Posted By: Roger the Skiffler
20-Sep-10 - 06:14 AM
Thread Name: What If Lonnie Donegan had not existed?
Subject: RE: What If Lonnie Donegan had not existed?
Frank's right that LD used to change a song slightly & then claim authorship but he was not alone. Leadbelly himeslf and Lonnie Johnson (2 of my other all-time favourite performers) both claim authorship of Bessie Smith's Blackwater Blues: it's in the Leadbelly Songbook as one of Huddie's while stile retaining the female voice.

RtS