March 06, 1978 12:00 PM

Lonnie Donegan

Yes, this is the same Donegan whose chewing gum—and Skiffle music (a blues form notable for its use of washboards, jugs and other homemade instruments)—lost its flavor on the bedpost overnight. But he’s come back with a delightful album, backed by an all-star cast who show their appreciation for Donegan’s germinal influence on English and U.S. rock. Elton John, Nicky Hopkins and the Rev. James Cleveland turn up on piano; Rory Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Queen’s Brian May, Albert Lee and Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs appear on guitar; Ringo Starr and Jim Keltner play drums. Leo Sayer handles the blues harp, Rev. Cleveland’s choir sings along on two tracks, and Michelle Phillips harmonizes on one. Donegan’s voice still has the folk-rock friskiness that was such an inspiration two decades ago.

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