I feel the writer has encapsulated Lonnie's influence rather well. He doesn't dwell on the later novelty songs but doesn't ignore them either.
He cites 'Rock Island Line', 'That's Alright Mama' and 'Rock Around the Clock' as being the three principal catalysts for what became rock and roll. I'm not entirely convinced that the latter qualifies but he may have a point.
I'm sharing this because potted biographies of Lonnie follow a well-trodden path but, while essentially accurate, miss something vital - it's almost as though the writer wasn't there himself and is just assembling material gleaned from the internet.
I think this one is a cut above and it rang true for me.
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