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Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
5:00 AM on July 8, 2018 
To all those who have been adding unwanted comments, please stop. Your email addresses WILL be forwarded to the police.
Reply Dave
7:10 AM on October 26, 2017 
Hi Robert,
Thanks for that info and the scan of the newspaper page, I'll add that to the web site as soon as I can. I bet Lonnie was disappointed about the Chinese, that's was his favourite food!
Reply robert redhead
6:47 AM on October 26, 2017 
I remember seeing Lonnie at Medina Theatre, Newport Isle of Wight on Friday November 20th 1987 where I work as front of house. I have checked date with local paper. This was his first show there. He returned in 2002, as listed in your tour guide, and also did a great show. After the show he asked me where there was a good Chinese and I suggested Portsmouth (we didn't have any on the Island at that time) which made him laugh.
Reply Mike
10:23 PM on November 23, 2015 
I went to see Lonnie Donegan at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in March 1956 at a Jazz concert compered by George Melly.Lonnie was still banjo player for Chris Barber and Rock Island Line had just been released as a single and when the band played that it brought the house down.George Melly did his version of Frankie and Jonny.Eddie Calvert who was top of the bill was booed off the stage, the audience had come to listen to jazz. Great days of music.
Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
9:25 AM on November 5, 2012 
Hi Keith and welcome, there are a few of us Loonies still around, glad you like the site.
If I'm right The Three Monarchs were, Les Henry (Cedric), Eric Yorke & Jimmy Prescott. I believe that Jimmy Currie toured with for a while as a backing musician, is this right?
Reply Keith Sellers
12:44 AM on November 3, 2012 
And I thought it was only Rettig and me..what a great site......where is Lonnies Abbott guitar ?
and did you know Jimmie Currie was one of the three Monachs.........
Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
9:28 AM on January 4, 2010 
Hi Ken,
Looks like you were correct about Stan Stennet, someone else has told me the same story recently.
Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
4:42 PM on October 3, 2009 
Hi Ken,
I like your tale, somehow though I can not imagine Stan Stennet playing lead guitar, or any other guitar come to that. In my opinion Paul Henry was the best lead guitarist that Lonnie had, more bluesy than jazz. He still plays with "The Band" & Peter Donegan.
Thanks for dropping by.
Reply ken quayle
7:17 PM on October 2, 2009 
Lonnie was definitley one of the greats of british music! I saw him at the Liverpool Empire on his first uk tour. The night i saw him Stan Stennett was a supporting act. Denny Wright was Lonnies guitarist at the time. Unfortunately Denny was taken ill just before the show, and Stan Stennett stood in for him. Stan done an excellent job! I was sorry not to see Denny who was a favourite jazz guitarist of mine, but them's the breaks. I think Lonnie was a very overlooked true blues singer, given the right material. I last saw lonnie live at the Auckland Town Hall, here in New Zealand. That was in 1961, on the bill with him was Miki and Griff.

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