We have printed a review of Lonnie's last performance, made only a few
days after his death. Many Thanks to Andy Smart from The Nottingham Evening
Post. I have posted his email in full.
I have to say, it was a privilege to be there and he certainly left us
Lonnie just rolls back the years
IT'S a wonderful thing, this medical science.
Before the show we were told Lonnie Donegan had been suffering with back
trouble, his doctors had advised him to cancel but, with the aid of
painkilling injections, he was determined to go on.
Well, I don't know what they gave him, but I want the prescription.
For the next 90 minutes this 71- year-old legend reminded us of just what
he means to rock and roll in the UK with a performance that turned back
time. Songs like It Takes A Worried Man, Grand Coulee Dam, Sloop John
and Putting On The Style, inspired everyone from Marty Wilde to Lennon
Local boy made good Vince Eager said as much as he stepped out to duet
with his hero on two songs - Bring A Little Water Suzie and Midnight
It was all part of the Lonnie Donegan showcase as the King of Skiffle
proved he can still rattle out a good rock song, rustle up some Cajun
rhythms and search out some soulful blues.
Along the way, he even reminded us that he was the co-writer behind a
little ditty that brought some success to Tom Jones and Elvis Presley,
song called Never Gonna Fall In Love Again.
The finale included the definitive skiffle hit Rock Island Line, getting
the audience out of their seats, before he finished with This Might Be
Last TimeAt 72, you have to think that he is right, but Lonnie seemed
having so much fun he might just keep his promise to return again.