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Skiffle Board T Shirt Lonnie Donegan Vipers Chas McDevitt 65 Special washboard

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Brand: Rockwells Speed Shop
Pattern: No Pattern Design: Graphic
Fit: Loose Fit Main Colour: White
Neckline: Crew Neck Material: Cotton
Sleeve Type: Short Sleeve
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"Skiffle Board" T-SHIRT 
  A relatively obscure genre, skiffle might have been largely forgotten if not for its revival in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and the success of its main proponent, Lonnie Donegan. British skiffle grew out of the developing post-war British jazz scene, which saw a move away from swing music and towards authentic trad jazz.[1] Among these bands were Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, whose banjo player Donegan also performed skiffle music during intervals. He would sing and play guitar with accompaniment of two other members, usually on washboard and tea-chest bass. They played a variety of American folk and blues songs, particularly those derived from the recordings of Lead Belly, in a lively style that emulated American jug bands. These were listed on posters as "skiffle" breaks, a name suggested by Ken Colyer's brother Bill after recalling the Dan Burley Skiffle Group.[6] Soon the breaks were as popular as the traditional jazz. After disagreements in 1954, Colyer left to form a new outfit, and the band became Chris Barber's Jazz Band.[1]

The first British recordings of skiffle were carried out by Colyer's new band in 1954, but it was the release by Decca of two skiffle tracks by Barber's Jazz Band under the name of "The Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group" in late 1955 that transformed the fortunes of skiffle.[1] Donegan's high-tempo version of Lead Belly's "Rock Island Line", featuring a washboard (but not a tea-chest bass), with "John Henry" on the B-side, was a major hit in 1956. It spent eight months in the Top 20, peaking at #6 (and #8 in the U.S.). It was the first debut record to go gold in Britain, selling over a million copies worldwide.[1]

It was the success of this single and the lack of a need for expensive instruments or high levels of musicianship that set off the British skiffle craze. A few bands enjoyed chart success in the skiffle craze, including The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group ("Freight Train"),[7]Johnny Duncan and the Bluegrass Boys and The Vipers, but the main impact of skiffle was as a grassroots amateur movement, particularly popular among working class males, who could cheaply buy, improvise or build their own instruments and who have been seen as reacting against the drab austerity of post-war Britain.[1][8] The craze probably reached its height with the broadcasting of the BBC TV programme Six-Five Special from 1957. It was the first British youth music programme, using a skiffle song as its title music and showcasing many skiffle acts.[1]

Liverpool skiffle group The Quarrymen playing their first full show in 1957: John Lennon is centre stage.

It has been estimated that in the late 1950s, there were 30,000–50,000 skiffle groups in Britain.[6] Sales of guitars grew rapidly, and other musicians were able to perform on improvised bass and percussion in venues such as church halls and cafes and in the flourishing coffee bars of Soho, London, like The 2i's Coffee BarThe Cat's Whisker and nightspots like Coconut Grove and Churchill's, without having to aspire to musical perfection or virtuosity.[1] A large number of British musicians began their careers playing skiffle in this period, and some became leading figures in their respective fields. These included leading Northern Irish musician Van Morrison and British blues pioneer Alexis Korner, as well as Ronnie WoodAlex Harvey and Mick Jagger; folk musicians Martin CarthyJohn Renbourn and Ashley Hutchings; rock musicians Roger DaltreyJimmy PageRitchie Blackmore,Robin Trower and David Gilmour; and popular beat-music successes Graham Nash and Allan Clarke of The Hollies.[9] Most notably, The Beatles evolved from John Lennon's skiffle group The Quarrymen.[10]

After splitting from Barber, Donegan went on to make a series of popular records as "Lonnie Donegan's Skiffle Group", with successes including "Cumberland Gap" (1957), "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour" (1958), and "My Old Man's a Dustman" (1960).[1] However, the British rock and roll scene was starting to take off, producing home-grown stars like Tommy SteeleMarty Wilde and Cliff Richard and The Shadows (themselves originally involved in skiffle). Donegan was the only skiffle act to make a serious impact on the charts, and even he began to look outmoded. The skiffle craze was largely over by 1958, as its enthusiasts either abandoned music for more stable employment or moved into some of the forms of music it had first suggested, including folk, the blues and rock and roll. As a result, it has been seen as a critical stepping stone to the second British folk revivalblues boomand British Invasion.[1] Donegan continued his career in skiffle until his death in 2002.[11]

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