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    Sale 2033

    Fine Musical Instruments

    10 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 20

    THE LONNIE DONEGAN, STYLE 000-28LD

    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY

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    THE LONNIE DONEGAN, STYLE 000-28LD
    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY
    A guitar, Nazareth, PA., 2001, the headstock bearing the logo C.F. Martin & Co., the fingerboard inlaid SKIFFEL, and LONNIE DONEGAN, labeled C.F. Martin & Co 000-28LD Lonnie Donegan King Of Skiffel Lonnie Donegan C.F. Martin IV Prototype #1 of 3 The Martin Guitar Company Nazareth, Pennsylvania USA, bearing the serial number 822357, length of back 19 3/8 in (493 mm) with case (2)


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    Born in 1931, "Lonnie" Donegan's mixture of folk, blues, jazz and ragtime influenced a generation of British and UK musicians that would come to fame in the 1960s. This blend of musical styles was called "skiffle" and when his debut single in 1956 became a gold record in Britain and made The Top Ten in the United States, Donegan would be known as The King of Skiffle. Van Morrison, John Lennon, Pete Townshend, Graham Nash, and Eric Clapton, to name but a few, all acknowledge his significant contribution in shaping their musical styles.

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