Jimmy was a hero of mine, too!
I was playing guitar with Eden Kane in 1962 when we were booked to do the Helen Shapiro Tour for promoter, Arthur Howes. Can you imagine my excitement when I discovered that the guitar-player in Helen's band (The Red Price Orchestra) was Jimmy himself????
I would sit next to him on the tour-coach and ply him with endless quetions, but I got the distinct impression that he was pretty 'through' with that period in his life! I got the message eventually, and stopped pestering him just before he reached he point of trying to avoid me!
He still had that sunburst Gibson ES-175 (I managed to play it myself a couple of times - a dream come true!), but I was like a dog with two tails showing off to him with my 'top of the line' Gibson Super 400!!!
Bear in mind that this was only a year or two after he'd left Lonnie, and, while I was by then a professional player myself, I was also very much a Lonnie Donegan Fan in every sense of the word!
My favourite Jimmy Currie tracks? 'Whoa Buck' and 'I'm just a Rollin' Stone'.
A fine player who had the misfortune to follow Denny Wright into the LD band - that would have been tough for anyone.
I'd like to know if Jimmy is still alive, and if he's still living in Portugal; does anyone know?
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