Monday, May 29, 2023

EPISODE 18: Rock Island Line - Lead Belly/Lonnie Donegan/The Beatles

Our story today will highlight a song that is ingrained in the DNA of rock and roll. It may even fall into the often overlooked category because, these days, it seems people have forgotten this song.

That’s  strange to someone like me or you, but when you look around, it's easy to see that this style has sadly fallen by the wayside. But I guess the times they are  a changing... Anyway, this song played a massive role in shaping rock and roll as we know it today, and so it should be celebrated. This little diddy is known as  

"Rock Island Line."

Lead Belly


Kansas City - Mr. Guitar Billy Strange

Arkansas 1934

Rock Island Line - John Lomax And the Prison Gang

 Rock Island Line - Lead Belly

Lonnie Donegan


Rock Island Line - George Melly 

The King Is Still In London - Sam Brown

Frankie and Johnny - Ken Cooke

Isle of Capri - Ken Colyers Jazzmen 

Armed Forces Radio 1949

Live Instrumental - Lonnie Johnson 

South Side Shake - Dan Burley & His Skiffle Boys

John Lennon Playing Skiffle With The Quarrymen

Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan

Rock Island Line - Johnny Cash 

Rock Island Line - Lennon/McCartney






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