SKIFFLE EMERGES

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 6-page Nostalgia Special -

SE­CRET LOVE BY DORIS DAY Doris Day’s Se­cret Love, from the film Calamity Jane, topped the Hit Pa­rade for eight weeks from May to July and that sum­mer in Wor­thing you would have heard the num­ber em­a­nat­ing from vir­tu­ally ev­ery gramo­phone or wire­less tuned to Ra­dio Lux­em­burg. Cara Mia, sung by David Whit­field, had an even longer run of ten weeks but change was in­deed in the air. This was the year that Lon­nie Done­gan, the guitar and banjo player with Chris Bar­ber’s Jazz Band, recorded Rock Is­land Line, a skiffle num­ber that would in­spire an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of mu­si­cians – in­clud­ing a teenaged John Lennon…

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