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Johnny Duncan

''This article is about Johnny Duncan and the Blue Grass Boys. For the country singer see: Johnny Duncan (country music artist).''

"Johnny Duncan" was born on September 7, 1932 in the Windrock coal mining camp overlooking the town of Oliver Springs, Tennessee and became a British skiffle music star in 1957 with the hit ''Last Train to San Fernando'' recorded with the help of his group the "Bluegrass Boys" He died on July 15, 2000 in Australia.

Johnny Duncan entered the United States Army and was sent to England where he met and married his wife Betty in 1952. After a short return to the USA he went back to England with Betty who needed a hosital operation.


On a visit to London Johnny Duncan went to hear Chris Barber’s Dixieland Band which had turned Lonnie Donegan into a star with his international skiffle hit recording of ''Rock Island Line''. Barber signed Duncan to play with his band where he stayed for a year.


His first unsuccessful solo recording was a cover of Hank Williams' ''Kaw-Liga'', but in 1957 his recording of a calypso called "Last Train To San Fernando" became the seventeenth most popular recording of that year in Britain and its on...

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