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Skiffle Group 1950s


Skiffle Group 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


1950s Skiffle Group. Ist on left, Jackie Rump, far right, Jack Rump. Jack had a tea chest and broom handle when he first became a member of the group. He recalls: “Jack and me and the son-in-law, had about three car loads, and we used to do a bit of entertainment in the pubs, take the guitar and anyone that could play the piano - and the tea chest! But anyhow ... they told me, my son and the fellow who was playing the guitar, if I did'nt get a real double bass, then I'm out. So I went to Masons, I think in Leyton, Leytonstone Road ... sold music things ... and I bougt a new double bass out of there, cost me forty quid ... Well then I became a proper member of the group. But we still had a lot of fun with that as well, with that double bass, when we used to go out and I used to have to put a red light on the back of it when it was hanging out of the back of me car, same as what I used to do with me timber”. by J. A. Rump