Lonnie Donegan


The Skillets on one of Lon's show's, probably 1971.

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The Skillets on one of Lon's show's, probably 1971.
The following details are from an email I received from Rob Smith. Left to right - Paul Bristol (bass), me (guitar), Lon the Don (vocals...), Dave Smith (no relation)(guitar), Gina Robey (vocals), we were singing "Bye Bye Love". On the show we also sang Dave Cousins song "I'll Show You Where To Sleep". And we took part in the opening sequence to "Trumpet Sounds". Lonnie had offered to manage us after hearing us on Brian Matthews' 5 o'clock show on Radio 2. One of the results was that we did backing vocals on several of the tracks on "Lonniepops" LP. Rob
Posted on June 5, 2013

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Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
4:00 AM on September 3, 2015 
I have an album by The Skillets - Both Sides Now, it is very good. I never met Rob, but had several on line chats with him, about Lonnie, Rob's move to Canada, Last heard from him in 2013 just before he passed away. Real nice guy.
Reply Mark Goodwin
7:15 PM on September 2, 2015 
Rob Smith was a lovely guy. I say was because since this post he has passed on. Rob's ban was the Skillets and I did an album with them on Saga record while I was working with Lon. Rob later went on to set up a very successful Actors Management/Agency in Bristol and provided most of the actors for all the early episodes of Causality. He later moved to Canada, but I was fortunate to meet up with him on a flying visit to Wales, where he had to come to renew his passport. That was in about 2010 ish I think.

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