November 3, 2002 – Anthony James Donegan better known as Lonnie Donegan was born in Scotland on April 29th 1931. He is known for being the Scottish singer, guitar, banjo, songwriter and pioneer, who launched the skiffle craze in the UK, sometimes called the King of Skiffle.
Born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland he was a huge influence on the generation of British musicians who became famous in the 1960s. The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums states Lonnie 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”.
His many hits include “Rock Island Line”, “Gamblin’ Man”, “Lost John”, “Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O”, “Cumberland Gap”, “My Dixie Darlin'”, “Jack O’ Diamonds”, “The Grand Coulee Dam”, “Sally Don’t You Grieve”, “Tom Dooley”, “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavour (On The Bedpost Over Night)”, “Battle of New Orleans”, and ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’.