Originally the term “skiffle” was one that was used in the United States and it stood to describe a blend of folk music along with jazz, blues and country. When being performed it is usually done with instruments that are unusual or homemade. It became quite popular in the 1950s, particularly in Great Britain.
The artist that could be given credit for bringing it to its popularity is Lonnie Donegan. Not only was Lonnie noted for his great singing ability but also as a songwriter and an overall classy musician. As with most other artists he was dubbed with a unique nickname and his was “King of skiffle”.
His music created such an impression that it became one of the main influences for the budding and jazz and folk British musicians of the 1960s. Lonnie produced plenty of hit singles, 31 in total, that resonated throughout the UK. Three of these became number ones. He branched out and gained even more popularity in the US where he made the top ten and was noted as being the first British male singer to score two hits in the top ten US charts.
For his outstanding career Lonnie was given the lifetime Ivor Novello achievement award in 1997. This artist’s birth name was actually Anthony James Donegan and he was born in Bridgeton Glasgow on April 29, 1931. While skiffle was the genre that gave him recognition, he was able to entertain through traditional pop music as well as folk country and blues. He was also talented with playing instruments such as guitar and banjo.
During his career he made some television disputes in the US on the Perry Como show as well as a few others. By 1956 Lonnie sold hundreds of thousands of his LP that included songs by Leadbelly and Leroy Carr.