I am so happy that I discovered the website dedicated to Derroll.
I first met Derroll in Brussels in 1964. I really don’t remember the exact circumstances, but he was living with a young girl and I think there were babies around.
They were doing window dressings for department stores.
I was busking, singing in bars, restaurants, and Pol’s nightclub, with a Canadian guitarist.
Several months later I was in London, I read about a concert featuring Derroll. I met up with him. Her remembered me and treated me like a long lost friend.
We struck up a fast friendship. Derroll was palling around with Donovan. I accompanied Derroll to his concerts and we would meet up with Donovan and his crew afterwards.
It was and exciting and scary time for a 19 year old lad from Cincinnati. Scary because if you were seen with Donovan, by the throngs of young school girls, you would be mobbed and clothes would be ripped.
I remember Derroll as and extremely kind and mellow soul as well as a great banjo man.
He told me many stories about Jack Elliott, Odetta, and many others.
We spent only a short time together before I returned to the U.S.
Until now I could find only a small amount of information on him.
Thank you for your hard work and dedication.