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Donegan's second album, recorded in March of 1958, shows some greater sophistication. In place of sheer volume on the singing, he uses more subtle inflections throughout this mix of blues, gospel, and folk, which includes covers of traditional gospel songs like "Ain't You Glad You Got Religion" and two Lee Hayes songs ("Lonesome Traveller," "Times Are Getting Hard Boys"), Blind Willie Johnson's "Light From The Lighthouse," and Lonnie Johnson's "I've Got Rocks In My Bed" (which is good, but exists in an even better outtake issued by Bear Family in 1993). Jimmy Currie had taken over on lead guitar by this time, and proved more flexible than Denny Wright, with more complex lead guitar passages, although Wright evidently could play harder when the need arose, but otherwise the band is unchanged. Not as strong as the first album, with more of a folk music orientation, but not bad either. Note: The material from Lonnie is available on Bear Family's 8-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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