The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 November 2002

Do you swallow it in spite?

Anthony James "Lonnie" Donegan, the king of British skiffle, has died at the age of 71. He first hit big in 1956 with a version of "Rock Island Line", but he is best remembered in this country for the transcendent "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight", recorded in 1958 but which somehow took three years to chart (as Dot 15911), peaking at #5 in the fall of 1961, and leaving one further question unanswered:

"If tin whistles are made of tin, what do they make foghorns out of?"

He'd sing another chorus, but he hasn't got the time....

Posted at 6:30 PM to Tongue and Groove


I was saddened to hear about Lonnie Donnegan. He was such an influence on many musicians I like. Godspeed, Lonnie!

Posted by: Vicky at 3:14 PM on 6 November 2002

Seemingly every kid in Britain in the Fifties [insert Beatle name here] had a skiffle group, or wanted to be in one. But hardly anything from the UK charted over here until Beatlemania was staring us in the face, which means we missed out on a lot of stuff.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:28 PM on 6 November 2002