Retrospective becomes elegy for skiffle king who died in November, aged 71

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Lonnie Donegan – Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology

Lonnie Donegan was Britain’s first home-grown, guitar-wielding, charismatic pop star. Exploding out of our toothless jazz scene, he fused blues, country, gospel and nascent US rock’n’roll to create skiffle, the first uniquely English rock style. This three-CD set pulls together all of his A-and B-sides from ’55 to ’67, and includes over 30 hits. Scheduled long before his death in November 2002, this collection should serve to establish Donegan as one of the cornerstones of early English rock.