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The Roots of Lonnie Donegan


  • 1. Dead or Alive - Woody Guthrie
    2. Auntie Maggie's Remedy - George Formby
    3. Wreck of the John B., The - The Weavers
    4. Darling Corey - The Weavers
    5. Go Tell Aunt Rhody - Sonny Terry
    6. Glory - Sonny Terry & Woody Guthrie
    7. Ole River - Leadbelly
    8. Diggin' My Potatoes - Leadbelly/Sonny Terry
    9. Roooster Crows at Midnight (Christmas Day) - Leadbelly
    10. House of the Rising Sun - Josh White
    11. Rambler's Blues - Lonnie Johnson
    12. Rocks in My Bed - Lonnie Johnson
    13. Bewildered - Lonnie Johnson
    14. How Long, How Long - Leroy Carr
    15. In the Evening - Leroy Carr
    16. Let Your Light Shine on Me - Blind Willie Johnson
    17. Ace in the Hole - Bunk Johnson
    18. Tom Dooley - Grayson & Whitter
    19. My Dixie Darling - The Carter Family
    20. Keep on the Sunny Side - The Carter Family
    21. Mule Skinner Blues - Jimmie Rodgers
    22. Gold Rush Is Over, The - Hank Snow
    23. Wedding Bells - Hank Williams
    24. Beyond the Sunset - Hank Williams
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 219

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    Lonnie Donegan created "skiffle" in Britain in the mid-'50s by adding a strong backbeat to traditional American folk tunes, setting the stage in that country for rock & roll. This collection offers some of the source recordings for Donegan's arrangements, and it makes for a delightful set. Included are songs by Josh White, the Carter Family, the Weavers, Lonnie Johnson, Leroy Carr, and Hank Williams. Also included is Grayson & Whitter's original 78 recording of the murderous Appalachian ballad "Tom Dooley," tracked some 30 years before the sanitized hit version made famous by the Kingston Trio. Check out "Ole Riley," by Leadbelly, to hear the template Donegan used to break skiffle in England. ~ Steve Leggett

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