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Ken Colyer - He Knew


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Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg traces the history of British rock and pop back to relatively unknown jazz trumpeter Ken Colyer (1928-88), who joined the Navy specifically to reach New Orleans, from where he returned to Britain inspired by the jazz of the American Deep South. A few years later the Colyer-influenced singer Lonnie Donegan (1931-2002) released the skiffle-pop recording Rock Island Line - a big 1956 chart hit that shook up the then staid British music scene and eventually paved the way for rock and pop giants Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page and Brian May , and folk star Martin Carthy. The programme features a skiffle duet by Billy Bragg and Richard Hawley , and contributions from Pete Townshend, Martin Carthy, Donegan's son Peter, Colyer's nephew Martin, author Pete Frame, Dixieland trombonist Chris Barber, skiffle veteran Chas McDevitt, drummer Colin Bowden, trumpeter Pat Halcox and bassist Bill Huntington. Producers Elizabeth Alker and Richard Mcllroy
Radio choices: pages 134-135


Songwriter: Billy Bragg
Unknown: Ken Colyer
Singer: Lonnie Donegan
Unknown: Pete Townshend
Unknown: Jimmy Page
Unknown: Brian May
Unknown: Martin Carthy.
Unknown: Billy Bragg
Unknown: Richard Hawley
Unknown: Pete Townshend
Unknown: Martin Carthy
Unknown: Chris Barber
Unknown: Chas McDevitt
Unknown: Colin Bowden
Unknown: Pat Halcox
Bassist: Bill Huntington.
Producers: Elizabeth Alker
Producers: Richard McLlroy

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Ken Colyer - He Knew

BBC Radio 2, 4 March 2008 22.30

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