Oral history of jazz in Britain

Wright, Denny. (4 of 8). Oral history of Jazz in Britain

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  • Recording date

    1989-7-17 and 1989-10-16

  • Recording locations

    Denny Wright's home, north London, UK

  • Interviewees

    Wright, Denny, 1924-1992 (speaker, male), Fairweather, Digby, 1946- (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Clark, Christopher, 1952-

  • Abstract

    Part 4. DW indifferent to showbiz; didn’t occur to him that relationship with Donegan could make him famous in his own right; also, DW’s guitar style was more complex than was common in skiffle/Dixie music. Talks briefly about work with Digby Fairweather in Voyage band during the 80s. Back in late 50s, fronted pick-up bands in US air force bases in Germany; long anecdotes about life in Nuremburg and Paris; realised latterly that the reason for his wanderlust was his fears about marriage and his drinking. Less work on his return to England, because DW was keeping away from his old drinking partners; found his guitar playing improved when dry, and that he got his taste for playing back. Plays with Donegan again 60/61. Session work for Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, etc. Mohammed Ali novelty record anecdote. Session director for Pop Hits records – cover-versions of hit singles.

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