What Lonnie did after the early-1960s is almost irrelevant. He'd already made his mark on music - I doubt that any individual ever made a bigger one - by 1960 at the very latest.
If ONLY there was footage of the very early sessions at IBC! To see Donegan working up those songs for the 'Showcase..' LP along with Ashman, Nicholls and the intimidatingly talented Denny Wright would be an education!
As I've said here before no-one quite filled Denny's shoes. Les Bennetts was the incumbent guitarist at the time of 'Putting On The Donegan' and it's already sounding a bit creaky by comparison. The later years? He certainly had some good players over the years but the arrangements became top-heavy and cumbersome and Lonnie Donegan, in my opinion, lost that deftness of touch that had hallmarked his early and best work. His voice lost its upper range - natural with aging - and, while he remained a charismatic individual, I've seen all of his 'later work' that I need to see.
Another documentary? I tend to agree with Colin - not much call for it and Scottish TV's 'Jack 'o Diamonds' is probably the best we can hope for.
Jim Carter is an acknowledged fan and a high-profile celebrity. There may be some mileage with him being involved but he will only have the same research facilities that have always been available and I'd be surprised if they'd come up with anything important that we haven't already seen.
If only tape had been preserved from the 1950s and we could see Lonnie Donegan as we first saw him on 1950s television shows of the day - with either Denny or Jimmy Currie on guitar along with Mickey and Nick.
'Despairing in Naples, Florida...'
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