DIED. LONNIE DONEGAN, 71, godfather of British pop who burst onto the U.K. music scene in the 1950s with "skiffle," his unique rendition of American folk music; after collapsing midway through a tour; in Peterborough, England. Described by Paul McCartney as "The Man," Donegan swept the charts between 1956 and 1962 with 26 hits such as Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavor ( on the Bedpost Overnight ), and Rock Island Line . Although his glory days ended with the Beatles, Donegan inspired generations of musicians including the Rolling Stones, and later continued performing in comedy and cabaret.


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