Re: My Old Man's....
I am 71 years old and like some of Lonnie's other earliest fans came to him, not through 'pop' music but through the 'traditional Jazz' route. Unfortunately I only ever saw him perform live once, in his later years shortly before he died, but I do live in Redcar, which means that I knew both Pete Appleby (drummer)and more importantly, Les Bennets (guitarist and 'other voice' on Dustman!). I mention this because Les and myself discussed this song and why Lonnie had deviated from his chosen path. To us as musicians there was no room in music for something as trite as comedy!
Les told me that he had admonished Lonnie to stay with his heady mix of American music but obviously he had the bit between his teeth for the pop market! I became a pro. singer & instrumentalist due to Lonnie's influence, in fact was being considered as part of Les' last band, but unfortunately his untimely death cut our plans short! However, despite the loss of Les as well as Lonnie, I have managed to eke out a living playing their legacy of American music without the contamination of comedy. I have a great little band now called 'The New Prairie Home Companions' which would never have been possible without Lonnie or Les and their initial direction, God Bless 'em. Chordially Stan Gee.
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