Welcome! You're from that exclusive 'first generation' of Lonnie-fans who were captivated by him in his early days.
So am I. In the 1950s I saw him at the Finsbury Park Empire, the Hippodrome and the Prince of Wales Theatres in the West End, at a 'Putting On The Donegan' telerecording, and at a Fan Club meeting in Soho where he performed briefly with an amateur skiffle group. I hitch-hiked to Great Yarmouth in the Summer of 1960 and saw him at the Royal Aquarium, too - I still have my copy of 'Lonnie Rides Again' that I nursed all the way up there so that I could get it signed by the whole group.
I saw him many times in later years, but, for me, those were the 'golden years' when he reigned supreme over the British pop-music world.
Sadly, I never saw Denny Wright in the old days (I did see Denny with Lon at the 100 Club in '91 playing his Gretsch 6120); the first time I was at a Lonnie Donegan concert, Jimmy Currie was the guitar-player. Jimmy was my next-favourite guitarist in Lonnie's roster of musicians.
I was a Fan Club member but, to my shame and unlike Paul Griggs, I can't now recall my club number!!!
This is a great place to relive our old memories, and I find it extremely therapeutic to do so! It's a relief to know that there were others just as excited as I was about the whole revolution!
I remain an unashamed 'fan' to this day....
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