Lonnie Donegan

Lonnie Donegan

The King of Skiffle (1931 - 2002) and a major influence on the early Hamburg era of The Beatles. He racked up dozens of hits in the late 50s and early 60s, his most familiar being "Rock Island Line", "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O", "Cumberland Gap", "Gamblin' Man", "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight)" and "Tom Dooley".

Numerous musicians have acknowledged Donegan's and skiffle's influence on their music including Paul McCartney, Brian May, Mark Knopfler and Chas and Dave.

Although Donegan passed away in 2002, the Lonnie Donegan Band are the official backing band who have continued the legacy by performing his hits, led by son Peter.

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