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Lonnie Donegan Discography, 1951-1966,
by Paul Pelletier

     This Lonnie Donegan discography is the complete one compiled by Paul Pelletier (referred to as PP hereafter) for the (German) Bear Family CD boxset "Pye In The Sky" issued in 1993, although not published in full in the accompanying boxset booklet, which omitted recordings not included in the set, largely because of problems striking a deal with the capricious Donegan himself. This is a work in progress, it was complete as of 1996 and is being updated to the present, all information will be gratefully received and should be sent to me, Guy Pelletier, and I will consult with PP as necessary.
Last revised 05-Mar-2018

NOTE only the original release information is shown on 78 & 45 rpm singles, Extended Play (EP) & Long Play (LP). Also, the discography covers Lonnie Donegan as a solo act, not his contributions as banjo-player (unless deemed relevant) playing in Trad Jazz bands, this information is available elsewhere. Note that Donegan's real name is Anthony James Donegan, the name "Lonnie" was adopted from his idol, the black American singer/guitarist Lonnie Johnson, the exact story how varies but see the entry below for 1952.

      TONY DONEGAN

prob. London,                         1951
Lonnie (Tony) Donegan (vocal/guitar).

MEAN BLACK SNAKE
COLD, COLD HEART
I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING
GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD
unissued acetate
unissued acetate
unissued acetate
unissued acetate
(NOTE: Acetates owned by Donegan.)

      TONY DONEGAN JAZZ BAND

prob. Battersea, London,                         1951
Lonnie (Tony) Donegan (banjo/vocal), Bill Brunskill (cornet/-1 lead vocal), Bob Dawbarn (trombone), Geoff Kemp (clarinet), Bill Wren (piano), Jim Bray (bass), Arthur "Art" Fryatt (drums).

ACE IN THE HOLE
BOLL WEEVIL BLUES -1
CAKEWALKING BABIES FROM HOME
YES! SUH!
unissued acetate
unissued acetate
unissued acetate
unissued acetate
(NOTE: Acetates owned by Donegan. According to Bill Brunskill, it was known as the TONY DONEGAN JAZZ BAND only because Donegan was under the age of 21 and thus his signature on any contracts was legally invalid. Brunskill could not remember recording these sides, not surprising after 40 years when he spoke to PP, nor whether he might have sung on "Boll Weevil Blues".)

"backstage", Royal Festival Hall, London(E), 29 Jun 1952
Lonnie Johnson (vocal/guitar), Lonnie (Tony) Donegan (vocal?/banjo?/guitar?)

Unknown titles unissued acetate
(NOTE: In 1976-77, whilst trying to sell an accumulation of 78 rpm records, PP met a very credible, upper-middle class woman from Beckenham, Kent, who stated, upon hearing of PP's interest in Donegan, that she had an acetate of Lonnie Johnson performing with the then Tony Donegan backstage at the above Royal Festival Hall concert, in which Lonnie Johnson was top-billed and the Tony Donegan Jazz Band was a supporting act. It has been credibly claimed that at this concert, Donegan either adopted the name or was subsequently called by band members "Lonnie" instead of Tony. The Beckenham woman made it clear to PP that neither he nor anyone else would be allowed to hear the acetate. Years later, PP told the story to Donegan himself, who subsequently told others of the existence of this acetate featuring him playing with his idol, Lonnie Johnson. Only time will tell whether this acetate will ever surface.)

      KEN COLYER'S SKIFFLE GROUP(?)

Hotel Gentofte, Copenhagen, Denmark, 12 April 1953
Lonnie Donegan (vocal/banjo), Chris Barber (bass); -1 add Ken Colyer (vocal).

 
KC-9
KC-10
KC-11
KC-12
HARD TIME BLUES [false start]
HARD TIME BLUES
NOBODY'S CHILD
YOU DON'T KNOW MY MIND
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL -1
Storyville unissued
Storyville unissued, Lake LACD 190
Storyville unissued, Lake LACD 190
Storyville unissued, Lake LACD 190
Storyville unissued, Lake LACD 190
(NOTE: Other matrices by Ken Colyer's Jazzmen. The voice immediately before "Midnight Special" was probably Karl Emil Knudsen; there is also spasmodic, barely audible "simple" percussion on this title, possibly by Bill Colyer.)

      KEN COLYER'S SKIFFLE GROUP

Studio 1, BBC World Service, Bush House, Kingsway, London,                         1953
Lonnie Donegan (vocal -1/guitar), Ken Colyer (vocal -2/guitar), Chris Barber (bass), Bill Colyer (washboard).

John Henry -1
Midnight Special -2
Upbeat URCD 127
Upbeat URCD 127

(NOTE: Recorded for a BBC French radio programme, “At The Jazz Band Ball”.)

 

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