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Amazing Gracie

Bill Millar, New Kommotion, 1980

BY THE TIME I got into rock'n'roll, Charlie Gracie was already a folk memory dimly recalled from a performance on Stars From Blackpool and a 78 of ‘Wanderin' Eyes’. I'd bought the record in 1957 but it failed to spark any life-long enthusiasm and lay in a cupboard alongside The Five Smith Brothers (‘Frosty The Snowman’) and Lonnie Donegan ('Cumberland Gap’) – virtually forgotten until I really saw the light.

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