Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys

John Franklin Duncan (September 7, 1932 – July 15, 2000) was an American bluegrass and skiffle musician. He and his band became popular in Britain in 1957 with “Last Train to San Fernando“, which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart.

Johnny Duncan was born in Tennessee, United States. In his teens he moved to Texas where he learned guitar and mandolin, and played in a hillbilly trio. He served in the US Air Force, and in 1952 was garrisoned in England.

When performing for American servicemen in England in 1956, he was seen by Dickie Bishop, a banjoist who was looking for a vocalist to replace Lonnie Donegan, who had started a solo career. Duncan took over the role for several months before leaving Barber’s band in early 1957.
Some time later he formed Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys, with guitarist Denny Wright, drummer Lennie Hastings and bassist Jack Fallon.

In the late 1950s, they recorded a version of the calypso song “Last Train to San Fernando“.

Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys Backing Tracks – Last Train To San Fernando

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