But I must say that I'm sick of hearing about how the 'music was so simple that anyone could play it...'
One is always left with the impression that LD, too, was a bit of a chancer who just picked up a guitar, added washboard and tea-chest and off he went.
Chordally speaking, skiffle was certainly very basic - but so was rock and roll. Performing either genre with the skill and proficiency of the major performers in each field was far from simple! What struck me as a 13 year old was not how easy it would be to play it, but what a stunningly captivating voice he had. Without Donegan's remarkable grasp of blues and its unique musical flavour and LD's soaring tenor voice I rather doubt I'd have given any of it a second hearing.
I certainly wouldn't if it had only been for the Vipers or Chas McDevitt. It would have been a sidebar in music - no more. Elvis and the Everlys? They were a very different matter.
I'd just like some of these journalists mention how GOOD he actually was. Is that asking too much?
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