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Obit: Lonnie Donegan (1931-2002)

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DOES THE SPEARMINT LOSE ITS FLAVOR ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT?
MY OLD MAN'S A DUSTMAN


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Subject: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Ballyholme
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 09:44 AM

Just read on the BBC website that Lonnie Donegan - the "King of Skiffle" has died. Another legend gone.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Fiolar
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 09:49 AM

God rest you Lonnie. I'll bet the "Rock Island Line" is thrumming tonight.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: songs2play
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 09:49 AM

A very sad loss.
A very underrated musician.
Jerry R , it's strange we were only chatting about him the other day in Muchat.
Our prayers are with his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 09:59 AM

My earliest influence! I used to perform (and I mean "perform"!) all his hits at school when I was oh, 5-7 years old. Thanks for the memory, Lonnie.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: rock chick
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:08 AM

Remember seeing him the first time as a youngster,made the first music impression on me, will be sadly missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Mr Red
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:10 AM

A friend told me of his last concert in our area and was amazed at his energy and stamina.
His first number was prefaced with "OK we are taking no prisoners" and that is just how the gig progressed.
So now we will never know if our chewing gum looses it's flavour on the bedpost........


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Ballyholme
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:16 AM

Imagine what music (in general) in the UK would have been like without him. He showed the kids that you didn't have to be a genius to pick up a guitar and make some level of music. The influence of the skiffle "craze" is inestimable". Folk music, rock, jazz - his influence filtered down to everything.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:19 AM

He's had a history of heart attacks over the years and never held back in performance. End of an era if true.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:25 AM

From the BBC site referred to above:

Monday, 4 November, 2002, 14:56 GMT
'Skiffle king' Donegan dies


Musician Lonnie Donegan, known as the "king of skiffle", has died aged 71.
The Glasgow-born singer was midway through a UK tour after recovering from a heart operation earlier this year and was due to play a concert in Stoke, Staffordshire, on Monday.

One of the most successful recording artists of the pre-Beatles era, he had three number one hits and numerous top 10 entries in the UK chart.


Donegan received an MBE for services to pop music

The star was with his wife and son when he died in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, on Sunday. He had been complaining of back trouble shortly before he fell ill.

The skiffle king's hits included Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour, My Old Man's A Dustman, Cumberland Gap and Puttin' on the Style.

His more recent work with Van Morrison led to a resurgence in his career. His skiffle music was a mixture of folk, jazz, gospel and the blues.

Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, who recently played with Donegan in London, called him one of his greatest musical influences.

Elvis recorded one of his songs, I'm Never Gonna Fall in Love Again, and in 1978 Sir Paul McCartney was the driving force behind a tribute album featuring appearances by Sir Elton John and Brian May.

Afterthought

Donegan has been described as Britain's first musical superstar and his skiffle music swept through the country in the 1950s.


His first single sold three million copies

His single Rock Island Line, released almost as an afterthought by Decca Records, sold three million copies after being played on BBC radio and gave him a hit in the UK and the US.

He quickly became a star in both countries although he had only ever wanted to be a jazz banjo player.

In May this year he had heart surgery in London and seemed to have been on the mend, although he had suffered from cardiac trouble since the 1970s.

Christened Anthony James Donegan, the star changed his name after a master of ceremonies confused him with the American guitarist Lonnie Johnson, and the name stuck.

He was married three times and has seven children.

(c)BBC 2002


RtS
("Poor Lonnie's dead and gone, left us here to sing this song.")


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: C-flat
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:28 AM

He had a good career and was a household name to anyone over 40.(In the U.K. at least)
Everyone knows at least one Lonnie Donegan song!
I'd be proud to acheive that much in my lifetime.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:42 AM

Hard news. And you're right, Songs2Play... we were talking about him within the last week. Until I heard Mississippi John Hurt, Lonnie was my folk hero. It's strange to have such great admiration for two musicians as different in style as Mississippi John and Lonnie. Lonnie was Hell for leather, and Mississippi was a shy smile looking out from under an old hot all sweat stained from years of work. It wasn't Burl Ives who moved me, or Harry Belefonte, or the Kingston Trio. It was Lonnie, the minute I put on the album, An Englishman Sings American Folk Songs. If the Tasmanian Devil ever put out a cover album, it would have been of Lonnie Donegan But for all of my love of his music, which still sounds as fresh today, I never tried to sound like him (Although I still can recite the complete spoken introduction to Rock Island... and did so when we were driving through Rock Island a couple of years ago.) It wasn't until I started doing black gospel quartet music that I felt Lonnie in my music. I'm Alabamy Bound, Sally Don't You Grieve... so many of those songs formed my ear for harmony, with a strong bass singer. Maybe it was getting an electric guitar in my hands, where I could really drive the music that finally brought Lonnie out. I've been intending to get the Gospel Messengers to learn some of Lonnie's songs to sing at folk festivals... not just the gospel stuff he did. Maybe this will spur me on.

God rest you, crazy gentleman..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GMT
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:44 AM

Goodbye Lonnie and thanks for the music.

Condolences to his family.

Gary


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Subject: RIP Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Cool Beans
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 11:06 AM

AP reports Lonnie Donegan died Sunday in England at 71. His American hits were "Rock Island Line'' nad "Does Your Chewing gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight)?'' Influenced John Lennon and other luminaries to take up the guitar.
This message moved here from a duplicate thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Ballyholme
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 11:21 AM

Thank goodness most of Lonnie's material is still available on CD, including, of course, his recent recordings which include "The Skiffle Sessions" with Van Morrison and Chris Barber. I don't recall much in the way of published interviews, etc,. but I would recommend Mo Foster's book "Play Like Elvis" which chronicles the slow and painful rise of rock music in the UK. The book includes Lonnie's recollections of the very early days of skiffle and the struggle to get a half decent guitar in Britain during the late 40s/early 50s. Even guitar strings were hard to come by.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Schantieman
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 11:51 AM

'My Old Man's a Dustman' with a version of 'The Golden Vanity' on the B-side - this was one of the first records I bought - in about 1970? - and was one on my introductions to music.

Another sad loss.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 11:53 AM

Lonnie was booked to play at Newcastle Opera House this coming Thursday. Last year, at the same venue, he nearly lifted the roof off, and only got away (after several encores) by promising to come back again real soon. Now we'll just have to stay home and play a few of his records instead.

What a performer he was ... I never saw him give anything less than total commitment to his material, and to his audience. Moreover, because of him, tens of thousands of people discovered that music didn't have to be something that was done for them - it could be something they did for themselves, and for their friends. He started a revolution, of which we're all the beneficiaries.

Rest in peace, Lonnie: your work lives on


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: MairSea
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 12:04 PM

Goodnight and God Bless Lonnie. Thanks for all the good you've done. Love and prayers for your family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Giac
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 12:31 PM

When Rock Island Line became a hit in the U.S. in the 50s, a radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma, played it at 9:18 each night. Whatever else was going on, my mother made sure we got home, or to the home of a friend by that time so I could listen to it. Money was very dear, so we couldn't afford the record, but I got my daily fix each evening from KRMG.

Mary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,stringman
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 12:54 PM

He will be a great loss to World of music. Bless him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 01:38 PM

He could put over anything. His version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" was the only one I've heard that could stand up to Judy Garland's.

Last time I saw him was at Cambridge Folk Festival. In total command.
Without Lonnie Donegan I wonder how many of us would be playing or singing or visiting here? Including some who might never even have heard of him. How often when a session goes well - any kind of session, Irish, Bluegrass, whatever, someone will mutter with satisfaction "It's all skiffle...", and there's a murmur of assent.

God, they're dropping these last few weeks, aren't they?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Bert
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 02:10 PM

Bummer, my chewing gum is really going to lose its flavor tonight.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Cobble
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 02:14 PM

Another link lost with the past, at least we have the memory's.

    Rest in Peace Lonny.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 02:31 PM

We all owe him a lot!

Rest in Peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: boglion
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 02:34 PM

I saw Lonnie at the London Fleadh a couple of years ago. He was Brilliant!!

I'd hoped to catch him again.

Oh well, another genius gone.

Cheers, Lonnie.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 03:21 PM

His version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" was the only one I've heard that could stand up to Judy Garland's.

With all due respect to the late, great Mr. Donegan, "Somewhere Over the Raibow" now, and forever, belongs to the late, great Eva Cassidy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: alanabit
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 03:45 PM

I quite liked John Martyn's wonderful, smoky voiced version... If you go back to the number of people who first got interested in music by Lonnie Donnegan's contribution, the list is daunting. The other interesting thing is just how different they were - from folkies like Wally Whyton to the Beatles. That is some legacy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Will Bakker
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 04:19 PM

Lonnie dead... Last year our (Mudfield)skifflegroup travelled from Holland to England on a pilgrimage to see him appear live for the first time. And it was great! We were so lucky to be able to meet him and make some pictures together with him. It is sad that this energetic guy has died. We will miss him.


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Subject: We have just lost Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 05:31 PM

Just heard on the 10 o'clock news that Lonnie died of a heart attack today - my earliest guitar hero, what can I say?
Message transferred from a duplicate thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 09:02 PM

God be good to him. The celestial band is really shaping up to be a humdinger.

This is a tough one to let go. He will be missed. Condolences to his family.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 09:14 PM

I was on the wrong side of the pond to realize who he was at first, but from that first listen, you just knew who he was.....and he was easy to love. A great contributor to the river of Folk as well as a bridge across for many. Rest easy....and Thank You.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Bugsy
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 12:19 AM

I've been patiently waiting for him to come to our neck of the woods for 30 years. He's always been a favourite of mine but never got to see him in the flesh. Alas, I never will.

Vale Lonnie.


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Boab
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 03:04 AM

The man who couldn't rest....Lonnie Donegan, not a personal friend, not even an acquaintance; but takes with him the options that might yet have been. Sad, sad---a forever-gap has come into our lives. Lonnie, you will sing on, and on.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 07:43 AM

Ah well, I expect Lonnie and his old guitarist Dennie Wright have met up again and are having a wonderful session in one place or the other....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,tam the bam frae Scotland
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 07:53 AM

I really liked Lonnie Donnnegan, The music world has lost one of it's giants.

some people didn't like him, but if it wasn't for him, you would never have the beatles, or the Rolling stones etc.

Lonnie will be sadly missed
Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 08:37 AM

Who else could have given us what Lonnie did? See this thread.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 08:51 AM

I was lucky enough to see him twice -- once in the early sixties doing Panto at The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, and a couple of years ago at the Fleadh. He still had just as much energy (if not more!). Funny. I've always thought of him as being one of the main conduits bringing American music into Britain --- I didn't realise that he meant anything in America. He'll be sadly missed.

BJ


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Roger Browne
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 10:39 AM

My earliest influence in music. A sad loss. Thanks for all the pleaure you have given me.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Eric, Ray,& Rodge
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 11:23 AM

Tell 'em Lonnie Donegans Been Here and Gone!!
Rock Your Soul!! Many Thanks for Your Music.
Condolences to his Family


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: mandomad
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 05:57 PM

Lonnie pointed me in the direction of Leadbelly, Woody, the Blues and then Folk music...I'll miss a great showman, his songs always made me smile.
                              Don't you rock me, Daddy-O
                        
                                        mandomad


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Pete Appelby friend
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 06:59 PM

I spoke to Pete when I heard about Lonnies departure, Pete was the drummer with the original group, he was sad to hear that Lonnie had gone and was reminising the old group. "Not many left now" he said,"I was the baby of the band"."Lonnie will be missed by many and I was proud to have known him as a colleague and a friend" Pete still plays drums in North Yorkshire, teaching in schools, and the odd gig.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Leadfingers
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 08:10 PM

Saw him at Sidmouth and thoroughly enjoyed the show with all the high
kicking and exuberance.My mate Woodie(the one man band)was busking the Market square and got 50p from Lonnie for doing My Old Man a Dustman.
Anther legend gone


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: The Dane
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 04:10 AM

We were sitting there
just me and my friends
playing folk music
having some drinks
We played the session
at Mick Foley's bar
the night Lonnie Donegan
put down his guitar

He grew up in Glasgow
guitar in his hand
he started playing jazz in
Chris Barber's Band
We played the session
at Mick Foley's bar
the night Lonnie Donegan
put down his guitar

He played skiffle
he was Puttin' on the Style
He put folk music on the charts
for a while
We played the session
at Mick Foley's bar
the night Lonnie Donegan
put down his guitar

When his heart gave in
music was the cure
He died in November
in the middle of a tour
We played the session
at Mick Foley's bar
the night Lonnie Donegan
put down his guitar


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: greg stephens
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:06 PM

There are not enough superlatives for Lonnie, what can you say. He transformed British society deeply, and funnily his turning on a generation to American folk-song resulted in the explosion of distictively British music. The year before Rock Island line came out, 5000 guitars were sold in the UK. Five years later that was 250,000 a year. What more needs to be said?
The only crticism I could make of Lonnie is dying on November 4: he was meant to be playing in my home-town, Stoke, that night. Now I call that downright inconsiderate!

I'VE GOT PIG IRON
I'VE GOT PIG IRON
I'VE GOT AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALL PIG IRON!!!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: BanjoRay
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 07:03 PM

The following was on Fiddle-L from Joseph Scott - a considerable expert on old American music. I'm sure he won't mind me quoting him here.

In the U.S. in the '20s through '40s, "skiffle" or "scuffle" (two ways
of pronouncing the same word) described scuffling, i.e. busking music,
music made usually on inexpensive instruments or imitation instruments
and played in order to raise some money on the street, especially, or
(more towards the '40s, best I can tell) at a rent party. It could be
jazzy or non-jazzy. Sometimes the tunes were blues but they very often
weren't. Music made by "ordinary folk" at home or to accompany dancers
in rural areas tended to sound fairly different from skiffle, which by
its nature had a professional, commercial component to it, but of
course only to a degree, on a scale that did not aspire to be "high
class." Jug bands tended to be skiffle bands or at least close, as did
"tramp bands" and washboard bands. Skifflers tended to know standards
people might want to hear such as "St. Louis Blues" and "Tiger Rag"
(even if they didn't know them all _that_ well!) -- whatever would get
tips into hats.

So Donegan and the other early (i.e. '50s) U.K. "skifflers" tapped
into a real U.S. tradition. And presented it, imo, in a quite honest
and straightforward way, all things considered, at a time when few
people in the U.S. cared about skiffle any more.

Joseph Scott

Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Fat B****rd
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 03:32 AM

Buying "Lost John" with my left over holiday pocket money was a turning point for me even as a 9 year-old. If nothing else for introducing me to Leadbelly a million thanks Mr. Donegan. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: ex-pat
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 10:12 PM

When I was 8 years old Lonnie Donegan was the man who sang the songs that I wanted to sing. He and my Dad were my earliest musical inspirations. "Bring me a little water, Sylvie", "Rock Island Line",
"Lost John," all classics that helped define my musical path.

Rest in Peace Lonnie, you certainly made your mark in musical history......


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,stuartbrown777@hotmail.com
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 08:09 AM

It was an experience working for Lonnie in the early 70's as keyboard player. Only sorry he replaced me with Elton J. Hard taskmaster but very nice guy. My mum and dad (now in their 80's) will never forget the bottles of champagne. Can I suggest listening to Lonnie's not-as-famous-now songs i.e. "It was a very good year", "Seven Golden Daffodils", "Without You" and his version (as the writer) of "Never gonna fall in love again" - beautiful. Were you fans out there aware that he was responsible for the release of "Nights in White Satin" - Moody Blues. He will be missed and I only wish I could have played one last time with the old wrinklies - Roger, Pete and Ray. ........"Porky" (my nickname from the man himself, but not telling you why!!!!!!!!)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 09:24 AM

Paul Jones spent the first half of his BBC Radio 2 Bluesprog last night paying tribute to Lonnie (and the second half to an interview & live session with Tommy Emmanuel) still available via BBC website until next Thursday.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Ard Mhacha
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 09:36 AM

This weeks Irish Post has a tribute to Donegan, it stirred my memory, when it included the time Lonnie was banned from the BBC in the 1950s for singing Irish rebel songs. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Sonnet
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 09:48 AM

When I was a little girl I didn't sleep very well. This was probably compounded by my Dad going through his bedside repertoire of "Putting on the Agony, Putting on the Style" "My old man's a dustman" etc! I hadn't thought about this in years...Maybe now they've both crossed over, my Dad'll get chance of a few backing vocals. :-)

Jay


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Strupag
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 12:55 PM

I remember being stunned by the singer when listening to the B side of a Monty Sunshine Quartet EP. I can't remember the song but I'm sure it was something like "Precious Lord".
I was amazed to find that it was our beloved Lonnie who was singing.
Would this be pre Skiffle Group and possible his first recording ?

As they would say in his town of birth - Pure dead brilliant!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 09 Nov 02 - 10:00 AM

I'm listening to a minidisk I made at Guildford festival a couple of years ago. Lonnie was fantastic, the crowd were singing along & audibly SO happy. What a man!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Sloop
Date: 09 Nov 02 - 02:29 PM

That's really sad: Lonnie gone so early.There were a lot of skifflers back in the 50's but LD stood head and shoulders above them all. Still electric after all these years. Thanks for introducing us to Woody, Cisco, Lead Belly and all, Lonnie.
Sloop
Does anyone recall a 78 of "East Virginia" (but called "Theme from the Passing - or Intimate - Stranger") with a harmonica piece by Tommy Reilly on the other side (similar title)?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Paul Griggs.
Date: 10 Nov 02 - 10:01 AM

A hero of mine since I was 12 and four years ago he recorded a song I wrote called "I Don't Wanna Lose You" on his "Muleskinner Blues" album. A true legend. Check out my own memories on my site www.paulgriggs.com R.I.P. Lonnie and thanks for the influence.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Allan Dennehy
Date: 10 Nov 02 - 06:54 PM

Thanks Lonnie.
RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 08:32 AM

"The Dane" posted a song in tribute to Lonnie on this thread a few days ago. I read it, and some bits of it got stuck in my head. Then some more thoughts gathered around them. The version below eventually crystallised out - I hope The Dane doesn't take offence at having his song messed about with.


One cold winter's day, at the start of November,
Came the end of a story we'll always remember.
When they gave out the news that a hero of mine
Had taken his last ride down the Rock Island Line

Chorus:        And we sang all the old songs as we sat round the bar,
        On the night Lonnie Donegan laid down his guitar.

Now can you recall the way things used to be?
No place on the bandstand for you, or for me,
Just guys in tuxedos, with brilliantined hair
And songs about "Lurve" to a beat that was square. Ch.

Then up jumped Lonnie, guitar in his hand,
He went singing his folk songs all over the land.
Soon thousands of youngsters found out it was true,
That though he sang them best, they could all sing them too. Ch.

With a washboard for a drum kit, and a tea-chest for a base,
In a church hall, a coffee bar, or any old place,
The kids gathered round, and all started to play
Those three magic chords you could learn in a day. Ch.

There were songs of the farmers whose crop got wiped out,
The miner, the lumberjack, and the old roustabout,
The hobo and the drifter in search of a meal,
And all the good people who need a square deal. Ch.

You told us about Woody, and Leadbelly too -
We might never have heard them, if it wasn't for you.
May your memory stay green, and your legend live on,
And we'll tell 'em Lonnie Donegan done been here and gone. Ch



Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,JIM WHATLEY of NEEDHAM MARKET SUFFOLK
Date: 14 Dec 02 - 07:31 AM

Saw Lonnie last October 3 at Ipswich Regent. He was fantastic!! Last seen, in person, by myself in 1957 at Great Yarmouth, with Miki and Griff and a young Des O'Connor. He didn't seem to have aged since that time. A little bent and lighter hair but all the excitement was still there. Sadly, his last song was a prophetic one, 'This may be the last time' He assured the audience that it wouldn't be to accompanying cheers from a loving and faithful crowd.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 02:37 AM

After a lot of false leads I finally got a reply from Sanctuary Publishing via Macmillan & Co that the autobiography of Lonnie listed on Amazon as published in 1997 was in fact abandoned and never published.

Shame....

RtS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,Mo, Australia
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 12:46 AM

Have only just found this site after talking to my brother about Lonnie and the "old days", and I wonder if anyone out there remembers how Lonnie, Monty Sunshine, Chris Barber, Ottilie Paterson plus others, used to give us the best concerts ever on a Friday lunchtime in about 1955/56 at what I think was called The Royal Scottish Corporation Hall near Fleet Street in London. We used to buy doughnuts and coffee and oh boy was it a treat, great music and memories that linger on and on thanks to our Lonn'!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: Tam the Bam (Nutter)
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 09:25 AM

I went to see Bill Whyman's rythmn kings and they sang a Lonnie Donnegan song as a tribute to him, because if it wasn't for him and people like him the british Rock and roll/pop would never got started.

Like in Amreica, if it wasn't people like Bill Halley you never would of got Elvis, or even little Jimmy Osmond.


Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lonnie Donegan
From: GUEST,roger kirby
Date: 10 Sep 05 - 11:05 AM

hi there just to say what a great loss to the world of music.had the pleasure of seeing lon many times with my brother frank brown from wisbech he to sadly no longer with us saw him at nottingham his last show always gave 100%
both dearly missed rest lon you deserve it
                   ROGER KIRBY


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