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Sing Hallelujah (Bonus Track Edition)

Lonnie Donegan

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Lonnie Donegan sings mostly gospel and devotional music on this, his most Elvis Presley-like album. Recorded in early 1962, the album features Donegan in the best vocal performance of his career, very nearly outdoing Elvis as a singer of gospel songs. Denny Wright is back on guitar, but most of the material here is more opulent in its arrangements, featuring piano and a backing chorus (the Kestrels, including Roger Greenaway, sounding like the Jordanaires). Songs include "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," "Born in Bethlehem," "Steal Away," Leadbelly's "Pick a Bale of Cotton," Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "This Train," and A.P. Carter's "Keep on the Sunny Side." "Steal Away" may be the best performance Donegan ever committed to record, and the rest is above average. [All of the material on Sing Hallelujah is available on the eight-CD collection More Than "Pye in the Sky."]


Born: 29 April 1931 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

To look at Lonnie Donegan today, in pictures taken 40 years ago when he was topping the British charts and hitting the Top Ten in America, dressed in a suit, his hair cut short and strumming an acoustic guitar, he looks like a musical non-entity. But in 1954, before anyone (especially anybody in England) knew what rock & roll was, Donegan was cool, and his music was hot. He's relatively little remembered outside of England, but Donegan shares an important professional attribute with Elvis Presley,...
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