Oral history of jazz in Britain
Wright, Denny. (3 of 8). Oral history of Jazz in Britain
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1989-7-17 and 1989-10-16
Denny Wright's home, north London, UK
Wright, Denny, 1924-1992 (speaker, male), Fairweather, Digby, 1946- (speaker, male)
Clark, Christopher, 1952-
Part 3. DW probably first guitarist-bandleader in Britain. Playing with Lonnie Donegan at beginning of Donegan’s hit-making career; DW’s use of electric guitar in skiffle music; discusses tabloid campaign against Donegan. DW discusses his alcoholism, and the alcoholics he played with; has been teetotal for more than thirty years. More about session work, and growing fame in Donegan’s band; long anecdotes about showbiz stunts and performances. DW’s wife and family in Bingley at this time; birth of DW’s first son; DW commuted to gigs and sessions in London every day; brief details of his relationship with Donegan – worked with him off and on until late 1970s.