Lonnie Donegan Lonnie Donegan is known as the man who launched the skiffle movement.
He even released an album called 'Lonnie Donegan, King of Skiffle'.
He is perhaps best remembered for his hits 'Does
Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight)?' and
1960's 'My Old Man's
a Dustman', although he clocked up more than thirty hits
between 1958 and 1962.
Lonnie was born Anthony
but changed his name to Lonnie as a tribute to bluesman Lonnie
Johnson. The legend is that Anthony was appearing on the
same London bill as the blues guitarist and the M.C. mistakenly
introduced him as Lonnie and the name stuck.
Among the many bands who cited the influence of
Lonnie Donegan's music on theirs was The Beatles. John Lennon's
'The Quarrymen', which Paul McCartney joined, were a skiffle band.
Lonnie Donegan died in November 2002, at the age