RC 201 page 56, quotes from Lonnie Donegan "I was paid £3.10s.0d which was the standard session fee and although it didnt make me any money, it gave me a career".
The track was recorded during a session with Chris Barber's Jazz Band eventually turning up on his New Orleans Joy 10" album.
Hi Felonious - I dunno but that used to be the story about the pay for the complete LP session. I know he wasn't due royalties and if he got 'em it was many years later. Does anyone know when he got the Gold Record; or did he ever get it?
Lonnie mentioned it long before wikipedia but for the benefit of our younger readers I translated the LSD into straight pounds.
This Site is probably more accurate and suggests $7 . I've popped down the legion and the survivors of the Mau Mau operation confirm a dollar was five bob in 1956, therefore Lonnie would have gone home with 34/-6.
Session fees were not £50 in the fifties more like £3 but through his arrangement Lonnie registered the copyright as his and received the publishing royalties on his own version and on any cover released in the UK after 1956.
Yes, a most important and great record. The 78s were seen more often and the FJ series was pale blue with dark blue print. The solid centres above are much later pressings and Decca Jazz may have fizzled out by then. For this million seller Lonnie made a 50 quid session fee and Decca had to be persuaded for years to give him a gold record.