Brings back great and happy memories of my student days in London.
In late 1962 the sun was setting on the commercial career of Lonnie Donnegan.
The man who had run up an astonishing 24 successive top 30 singles (31 in total) including 3 Number Ones in the UK as well as 2 top 10 hits in America, now, it seemed, couldn’t get a hit to save his life.
Perry Como wasn’t calling up to invite him back on his show (where he had appeared alongside Ronald Reagan!).
The man who had strummed the first immortal chords of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Britain with Rock Island Line in 1956 and who had inspired thousands of teenagers to form a Skiffle group found that the caravan of popularity had moved on.
Moved on to the Beat Groups whose members had almost all been electrified, transformed, by listening to Lonnie from the mid 1950s.
Moved on above all to The Beatles.
But the Beat…
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