I once had the privilege of a half hour's chat with Lonnie Johnson, privately at a friend's house,just Lonnie and myself. Of course, I asked him about Eddie Lang. I'll always remember his exact words. 'A gentleman, a fine gentleman.' He then told me how Lang used very thick strings on his guitar. I asked him why that was. He said because they gave him the volume so he could cut through that 'big band' that he played with.' I don't think Whiteman would have liked that 'big band' sobriquet applied to his 'orchestra'!