Partridge playing in the street

Rouser 2012
Rouser 2012

MAN of many musical talents, Don Partridge playing in the street during Seaford’s late night shopping evening on December 16, 1994.

Don, by his own account, left home at 15, before working at some 45 different jobs.

But by the early 1960s, inspired by American singer Jesse Fuller, he travelled around Europe as a solo entertainer on street corners, initially simply singing songs with a guitar.

However, he soon found that he gained more attention by performing as a one-man band, playing guitar, kazoo or harmonica, bass drum and cymbal at the same time.

Playing by that time mainly in London, Partridge performed traditional English and American folk songs as well as his own compositions.

His debut recording of his own song, Rosie, reached four in the charts.

He later released a self-titled LP, which included folk and blues songs by Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy and Oscar Brand.

In 2001 he recorded the album The Highwayman, with accompaniment by Herbie Flowers, Nick Pynn and Richard Durrant.

Partridge died of a heart attack on September 21, 2010, in Peacehaven.