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Roger Rettig


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A professional musician since 1960, and originally inspired to play for my living after seeing Lonnie Donegan and his amazing group in the late 1950s.  I was guitar-player for Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Marty Wilde and numerous others and went on to have a career as a studio player.  I also did many West End theatrical runs and even played a couple of gigs with Lonnie in later years (my biggest thrill).  I emigrated to the USA in 1997 where  I continue to play for my living as I've always done, although my 'first' instrument these days is pedal-steel guitar.

 

I love James Taylor, Steely Dan, the Everly Brothers, Debussy, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and I still play Lonnie Donegan records to this day.....

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Reply Roger Rettig
12:42 AM on August 10, 2015 
Hi, Keith.
The guitar in question (actually seen on the 'Skiffle Session' do - with 'Railroad Bill', etc) has split-diamond inlays, not snowflakes. It could be an OM-28 - hard to tell it's scale from that one photo. Stan Stennet's? Possible, I suppose, but impossible to prove after so much time has passed.

IF ( and I repeat 'if'), Lonnie's story about giving his guitar to Adam Faith is true then it was not this guitar - it would have been his first standard 000-28 (the guitar he's playing in the '6.5 Special' film) that is otherwise unaccounted for. As we all know, the 000-28 that he played almost until the end of his life (the one now owned by Van Morrison and previously displayed at the 02 pop museum) is, in fact a 1967 model.
Reply Keith Sellers
3:23 PM on August 9, 2015 
I thought I found a new Lonnie discovery...I should have known you would be there..Where's the missing guitar?
I think it was the guitar he gave Adam Faith that was probably in the car crash...
But the mystery for me...is the herringbone & snowflake
Martin on the Lost John EP a1940,s Martin 00028
I think it belonged to Stan Stennet as Lonnie was on the
same bill as him at that time..and Stan Stennet backed Lonnie when his guitarist at the time did not turn up...
I think Lonnie borrowed the guitar,for he photo shoot..
Your comments please..
Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
8:12 AM on January 2, 2010 
Roger,
Joe was 10 years younger and known in The West End
ie Charlie Girl.
If you do find your old diaries, you know where to find me!
Dave
Reply Roger Rettig
2:05 PM on January 1, 2010 
Dave:

I should add that Lonnie didn't really need me for the gigs, but that was when I was Music Director on 'Pump Boys & Dinettes' at the Piccadilly Theatre in London - Lonnie really wanted to be considered for the lead role (Paul Jones was leaving) so he started acting in a most solicitous manner towards me (like throwing gigs my way!)

It was beyond my control, had he known it - I'd have happily supported his candidacy (being the fan I am) but the show's producers decided he was too old for the role. Ironic when you consider that Joe Brown was their final choice; no 'spring chicken' himself at the time!
Reply Roger Rettig
1:55 PM on January 1, 2010 
No, Dave - one was a corporate 'do' on a Thames riverboat (maybe Summer, '85?) and the other a Festival of some sort somewhere in West London; if I can find details (in my old work diaries, wherever they are!) I'll let you know.
Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
1:47 PM on January 1, 2010 
Roger,
Have you got details of the gigs you played with Lonnie?
Dave

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