Anthony James Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) recording under the name of Lonnie Donegan was a British singer, songwriter and musician, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is known as the "King of Skiffle" and is often cited as a major influence on the generation of British musicians who became famous in the 1960s. The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums states Donegan was "Britain's most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles. He chalked up 24 successive Top 30 hits, and was the first UK male to score two U.S. Top 10s".
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