Sadly I came across this news earlier today. Strange that I hadn't read anything on his passing in the news. For those of you who are unfamilar with the name, Lonnie Donnegan probably best known here in the U.S. for his hit "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight" had a very long music career and is considered to be one of the most sucessful recording artists of the 50's and 60's. More importantly, he's recognized as the founder of "Skiffle Music" the result of which, had just about every young teenage boy in England learning to play guitar in the mid 50's. It's interesting to speculate that had it not been for Mr. Donnegan's "Skiffle", music as we know it today might have turned out quite different. You see, it all started way back in 1956...... **1956** August John Lennon forms The Quarry Men Skiffle Band and the group performs what's known in England as "skiffle." **1957** July 6 The Quarry Men perform at St. Peter's Church Garden Fete. John and Paul meet and the pair find out that they have similar pop idol interests: "Paul, what kind of music do you like?" asked John. "Well I used to like Lonnie Donnegan but now that skiffle is fading out I love the music of Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochrane, Gene Vincent, Little Richard..." "Hey," John interrupted, "they're all the people I'm into." **1958** January 24 The Quarry Men perform at the Cavern. This would be the only performance billed as The Quarry Men at the club. It would be a long wait, an amazing three years before the band would turn up again at the Cavern but under their new name as The Beatles. The rest, as they say, is history. Makes you think, doesn't it?. Thanks ever so much Lonnie! You will be missed.