Having grown up in a household which contained a record collection that included an original recording (all formats vinyl,cassette,CD) of every top 40 hit from the 50's,60's and 70's, (6240 recordings} she is into modern music in a big way,but is very aware of all the great music from The Golden Era.In the past couple of years she has been to see a wide range of artists that includes The Doves, Joe Brown, Radiohead,Take That and a particularly memorable evening at the 100 club to see Chris Farlowe, where she is certain she was the only person under 50 in the place.
In 2000 when she was 15 years old she said that LD would be appearing in Manchester and would I be going. When I said yes, she said could she come with me, which surprised me because with the exception of his novelty songs, she hadn't appeared to take much notice of his other stuff. "Now why do you want to go and see Lonnie Donegan" I said. She replied "because he is a living musical legend,who has had a massive influence on popular music and at sometime in the future someone will point that out and I will be able to say that I saw him live"
We went to the show at the Life Cafe in Manchester and at the age of 69 LD was sensational. The timbre in his voice which I had expected to be weakening was stronger than ever. I had taken various things with me to ask the great man to sign. When we got the opportunity to talk to him, he asked my daughter what she was doing there and had she enjoyed the show. She then told him why she was there and that she thought the show was brilliant. Lonnie seemed pleased but said "I think you're just saying that", she replied "no I'm not I really enjoyed it. Lonnie then asked what her name was and said to her "well Rachel you have just made an old man very happy"
In 2010 Rachel went to see Joe Brown at The London Palladium during his 50th Anniversary Tour. During the first half of the show Joe did his usual skiffle number and spoke his usual appreciative word for LD. During the interval Rachel started chatting to the couple sitting next to her. They were in their sixties and said they were surprised to see such a young woman on her own at Joe Brown concert. The lady the said how much she had enjoyed Joe's skiffle number and that she wished she could have seen Lonnie Donegan in person when he was alive because he had been such a great and influential performer This of course meant that Rachel's reason, ten years earlier, for going to see Lonnie had happened just as she said it would.
I hope I have not been too long winded and that this has been of some interest close to Lonnie's birth date.
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