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Skiffle was a phenomenon; Lonnie Donegan was a phenomenon. Many thought the two were the same... more

Johnny Duncan: Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

Skiffle was a phenomenon; Lonnie Donegan was a phenomenon. Many thought the two were the same thing, until rock 'n' roll killed off skiffle - and Lonnie became a fixture in the British music scene. Here is the complete story of Lonnie on Decca and Pye, from 1954 to 1966. Demos from Lonnie's personal collection and radio broadcasts round out the 209 songs on this set. 

These were the records that changed the face of music in England. From the groundbreaking Rock Island Line to the bandwagon-jumping World Cup Willie, all Donegan's hits and misses for Decca and Pye are here, together with rare and previously unissued tracks! Donegan may have been skiffle's great star but he graduated to make some fine pop and country recordings, all of which are included here. 

The box also contains a detailed discography, biography, dozens of fine pictures and memorabilia and an indepth interview with the man himself.

Article properties: Johnny Duncan: Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Interpret: Johnny Duncan

  • Album titlle: Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Genre Jazz

  • Price code DI
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127159472

  • weight in Kg 1.2
Duncan, Johnny - Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Last Train To San Fernando
02 Rock-A-Billy Baby
03 Footprints In The Snow
04 Blue Blue Heartache
05 Jig Along Home
06 If You Love Me Baby
07 Goodnight Irene
08 Freight Train Blues
09 Press On
10 Johnny's Blue Yodel
11 Out Of Business
12 Get Along Home, Cindy
13 Old Blue
14 Calamity Mose
15 Just A Little Lovin'
16 Which Way Did He Go?
17 More And More
18 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
19 Travelin' Blues
20 St. James Infirmary
21 Mind Your Own Business
22 Kaw-Liga
23 Ella Speed
24 Doin' My Time
25 Where Could I Go
26 Can't You Line 'Em
27 Gipsy Davy
28 Blue Yodel
29 Blowin' Down This Old Dusty Road
Duncan, Johnny - Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Itching For My Baby
02 I Heard The Bluebirds Sing
03 More And More
04 Railroad, Steamboat, Rivers And Canals
05 Geisha Girl
06 All Of The Monkeys Ain't In The Zoo
07 This Train
08 Rosalie
09 Hey Good Lookin'
10 Wedding Bells
11 Moanin' The Blues
12 Cold Cold Heart
13 Jambalaya
14 Your Cheatin' Heart
15 Long Gone Lonesome Blues
16 Half As Much
17 May You Never Be Alone
18 Salute To Hank Williams
19 My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
20 My Lucky Love
21 Any Time
22 Kansas City
23 That's All Right. Darlin'
24 Yellow Yellow Moon
25 Medley (Rockabilly): Raise A Ruckus Tonight/
26 Rockabilly Baby/
27 Detour
28 Medley (Waltz): Home On The Range/
29 Tennessee Waltz/
30 The Love Song Of The Waterfall
31 Medley (Railroad): Pan American Queen/
32 I'm Moving On/
33 Last Train To San Fernando
34 Medley (Gospel): Old Time Relegion/
35 Just A Little Talk With Jesus/
36 Let The Church Roll On
Duncan, Johnny - Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Sleepy-Eyed John
02 Tobacco Road
03 The Legend Of Gunga Din
04 Hannah
05 Waitin' For The Sandman
06 A Long Time Gone
07 Will You Be Mine
08 She's My Baby
09 You Shouldn't Have Cried
10 Baby We're Really In Love
11 Bluebird Island
12 The Ballad Of Jed Clampett
13 Dang Me
14 Which Way Did He Go
15 My Little Baby
16 I Thank My Lucky Stars
17 Beyond The Sunset
18 Just A Little Walk With Jesus
19 Amazing Grace
20 Where Could I Go But To The Lord
21 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
22 Walking In Jerusalem Just Like John
23 Precious Lord Hold My Hand
24 No Hiding Place Down There
25 I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
26 Press On
27 In The Garden
28 When God Dips His Pen Of Love In My Heart
Duncan, Johnny - Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Last Train To San Fernando
02 Little Things
03 I Fought The Law
04 Out Of Business
05 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
06 Someone Stole My Steel Guitar
07 Joe And Mabel's 12th Street Bar And Grill
08 Margie's At Lincoln's Park Inn
09 Footprints In The Snow
10 Kaw Liga
11 I Ain't Buyin'
12 Mustang Prang
13 Life Can Be Beautiful
14 Hello Heartache
15 If It Feels Good, Do It
16 The Wild Side Of Life
17 Just For What I Am
18 Salty Dog Blues
19 Just A Little Lovin'
20 Footprints In The Snow
21 Blue Blue Heartaches
22 Someone To Give My Love To
23 Medley (Tribute To Hank Williams):
24 Hey Good Lookin'/
25 I Can't Help It/
26 Jambalaya
27 Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
28 Tom Dooley
29 Last Train To San Fernando
30 Mustang Prang
Johnny Duncan  Perhaps the most surprising fact about the Calypso Craze in England... more
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Johnny Duncan

 Perhaps the most surprising fact about the Calypso Craze in England is that the only authentic calypso to make a significant impact on the British record charts that year was one which few people were even likely to recognize as a calypso. Denis Preston, the influential producer behind so many of the great calypsos made for Melodisc in the 1950s,[i] unearthed a relatively obscure road march from the previous decade, countrified it, and scored a hit with it as part of England's skiffle craze, when Johnny Duncan and the Blue Grass Boys' "Last Train to San Fernando" [Track 21] went to number two in the British record charts. (Skiffle, British youth's effort to enliven their country's pop music by delving into American blues and folk, never really caught on in the States, despite its American jug-band roots.)

Duncan was from Michigan, had spent time in Texas, and claimed to have played with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass; he'd gone to England after failing to find success in America. At his first studio session there he recorded songs by Hank Williams and Leadbelly, but they didn't catch fire. When he returned to the studio, he chose a train song with a gentle melody—mindful, perhaps, of the biggest skiffle hit of the day, Lonnie Donnegan's cover of Leadbelly's "Rock Island Line." Paul Pelletier explains the choice:

As he had produced many Calypso records (and was married to a West Indian), it was almost certainly Denis Preston who had proposed that Duncan record the Calypso song "Last Train to San Fernando". Adapted by Jack Fallon and Denny Wright—whose breath-taking Latin-American style guitar solo was a highlight of the record—"Last Train" entered the charts at the end of July, 1957, and stayed there for seventeen weeks, kept off the Number One spot by Paul Anka's "Diana." Johnny Duncan became an overnight star and was quickly offered a regular spot on Radio Luxembourg, and later a six-week DJ stint on BBC Radio playing country records on a programme called "Tennessee Song Bag."

"Last Train to San Fernando" had begun its life as a Road March contender in 1949 or 50 for Mighty Dictator (Kenny St. Bernard). On its surface, the song's chorus seems to convey the urgency of catching the evening's final train home from Trinidad's capital, Port of Spain, to its second city, San Fernando, before service shuts down for the night. (No doubt many who heard Duncan's version figured San Fernando for some backroad town in southwest Texas rather than southwestern Trinidad.) One doesn't have to dig deep, however, to hear a classic Trini double-entendre—about "Dorothy" offering the singer a last chance at a fling ("If you miss this one/You'll never get another one") before her impending marriage ("Be careful of the place you are taking me/Because if you slip, I'll slide/And I'll never get to be a bride")—but Duncan's bouncy delivery obscures the racy subtext.

Indeed, Preston arguably bears much of the responsibility for calypso’s postwar popularity in Britain.  According to Richard Noblett, Preston, who also oversaw the production of dozens of influential jazz discs for Pye and Columbia in the U.K., had put Freddy Grant’s West Indian Calypsonians on the bill of a jazz concert he’d presented in London in 1945.  Three years later, serving as Decca’s representative in New York, he discovered the Harlem calypso scene and went home to England determined to promote the music there. 

Johnny Duncan: Travelin' Blues

Transplanted American Johnny Duncan was a brief sensation in England with his version of a calypso song, Last Train To San Fernando – a No.2 hit in 1957. Subsequent singles and album tracks such as this made it clear that Duncan's heart lay in country music. He was a miner's son, born in Oliver Springs, Tennessee on September 7th 1932, and headed for Texas in his mid-teens where he learned guitar and performed with a hillbilly trio. Then came the draft. He arrived as a serviceman in England in 1952. A year later he married a Cambridgeshire girl, Betty. After a brief return to the US, her illness and homesickness brought them back, and he briefly worked on her father's market clothes stall. It was while performing at the American Club in Bushey Park that Duncan attracted the attention of Dickie Bishop, banjoist with Chris Barber's jazz band. Bishop invited Duncan to meet Barber - and Duncan was hired at £10 a week. He stayed with the Barber for a year, performing, recording, and broadcasting. After Last Train To San Fernando had become an all-too-distant memory, he returned to the US before settling in Sunderland, North England. He toured Australia in 1972, and subsequently emigrated to New South Wales. He died on July 15, 2000.

 

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Tracklist
Duncan, Johnny - Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Last Train To San Fernando
02 Rock-A-Billy Baby
03 Footprints In The Snow
04 Blue Blue Heartache
05 Jig Along Home
06 If You Love Me Baby
07 Goodnight Irene
08 Freight Train Blues
09 Press On
10 Johnny's Blue Yodel
11 Out Of Business
12 Get Along Home, Cindy
13 Old Blue
14 Calamity Mose
15 Just A Little Lovin'
16 Which Way Did He Go?
17 More And More
18 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
19 Travelin' Blues
20 St. James Infirmary
21 Mind Your Own Business
22 Kaw-Liga
23 Ella Speed
24 Doin' My Time
25 Where Could I Go
26 Can't You Line 'Em
27 Gipsy Davy
28 Blue Yodel
29 Blowin' Down This Old Dusty Road
Duncan, Johnny - Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Itching For My Baby
02 I Heard The Bluebirds Sing
03 More And More
04 Railroad, Steamboat, Rivers And Canals
05 Geisha Girl
06 All Of The Monkeys Ain't In The Zoo
07 This Train
08 Rosalie
09 Hey Good Lookin'
10 Wedding Bells
11 Moanin' The Blues
12 Cold Cold Heart
13 Jambalaya
14 Your Cheatin' Heart
15 Long Gone Lonesome Blues
16 Half As Much
17 May You Never Be Alone
18 Salute To Hank Williams
19 My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
20 My Lucky Love
21 Any Time
22 Kansas City
23 That's All Right. Darlin'
24 Yellow Yellow Moon
25 Medley (Rockabilly): Raise A Ruckus Tonight/
26 Rockabilly Baby/
27 Detour
28 Medley (Waltz): Home On The Range/
29 Tennessee Waltz/
30 The Love Song Of The Waterfall
31 Medley (Railroad): Pan American Queen/
32 I'm Moving On/
33 Last Train To San Fernando
34 Medley (Gospel): Old Time Relegion/
35 Just A Little Talk With Jesus/
36 Let The Church Roll On
Duncan, Johnny - Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Sleepy-Eyed John
02 Tobacco Road
03 The Legend Of Gunga Din
04 Hannah
05 Waitin' For The Sandman
06 A Long Time Gone
07 Will You Be Mine
08 She's My Baby
09 You Shouldn't Have Cried
10 Baby We're Really In Love
11 Bluebird Island
12 The Ballad Of Jed Clampett
13 Dang Me
14 Which Way Did He Go
15 My Little Baby
16 I Thank My Lucky Stars
17 Beyond The Sunset
18 Just A Little Walk With Jesus
19 Amazing Grace
20 Where Could I Go But To The Lord
21 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
22 Walking In Jerusalem Just Like John
23 Precious Lord Hold My Hand
24 No Hiding Place Down There
25 I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
26 Press On
27 In The Garden
28 When God Dips His Pen Of Love In My Heart
Duncan, Johnny - Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Last Train To San Fernando
02 Little Things
03 I Fought The Law
04 Out Of Business
05 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
06 Someone Stole My Steel Guitar
07 Joe And Mabel's 12th Street Bar And Grill
08 Margie's At Lincoln's Park Inn
09 Footprints In The Snow
10 Kaw Liga
11 I Ain't Buyin'
12 Mustang Prang
13 Life Can Be Beautiful
14 Hello Heartache
15 If It Feels Good, Do It
16 The Wild Side Of Life
17 Just For What I Am
18 Salty Dog Blues
19 Just A Little Lovin'
20 Footprints In The Snow
21 Blue Blue Heartaches
22 Someone To Give My Love To
23 Medley (Tribute To Hank Williams):
24 Hey Good Lookin'/
25 I Can't Help It/
26 Jambalaya
27 Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
28 Tom Dooley
29 Last Train To San Fernando
30 Mustang Prang