TRIBUTES have been pouring into the family of local musician Danny Morgan, who has died aged 85.
His death, at Boston’ Pilgrim Hospital, has prompted expressions of love from the many people who knew him through his music, and fellow musicians were hoping to be able to give him a fitting send-off at his funeral at Boston Crematorium tomorrow (10.20am).
Danny is best-known for his music, although people who have lived in the town for some years may also link him with Danny’s, the shop in Chapel Lane in Spalding that had been in his family for three generations.
Danny’s step-son John, who managed the shop for about 20 years until it closed over a decade ago, said: “Danny was instrumental in making it into a fashion shop, which is what everybody knew it as.
“Danny was one of the first people in the country to sell Levi jeans because they were considered too expensive.”
However, John adds: “Right up until his death Danny’s main love has always been music.”
Danny, a published author, was playing professionally at 17 in Big Bill Campbell’s Rocky Mountain Rhythm and, following National Service, pursued his musical interests alongside the family business.
Patsy Mays, who played with him in a band called Jazz a la Franglais, said: “He was a lovely man and he was my best friend. He really was a master, a perfectionist. He wouldn’t suffer poor musicians because he really was a connoisseur.”
Patsy says Danny’s main passion was gypsy jazz and his absolute hero was Django Reinhardt. She said: “In his heart that’s where he wanted to be and he would make pilgrimages to the annual Django festival in France up until maybe three years ago.”
Danny played that style of jazz in his bands Guitares Douces and Hot Club with singer Carol Lester, performing at jazz nights at the Bell at Weston Hills for many years, and more traditional jazz with the Jazz Beens.
As well as John, Danny leaves Glenn, his son from his first marriage, and Glenn’s daughter Katie, as well as John’s son Jim and daughter-in-law Lou. The family has asked for family flowers only at the funeral.
Danny’s musician friends also hope to arrange some kind of musical tribute to him at a future date.