My Old Man Is Lonnie Donegan – Peter Donegan Said To Tom Jones On The Voice 2019

In a memorable episode of The Voice UK back in 2019, Peter Donegan took to the stage to deliver a rendition of Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” for his blind audition. Despite his solid performance, only one coach turned their chair – none other than Sir Tom Jones. For Peter, this chair turn held immense significance as Sir Tom asked if he was related to the legendary Lonnie Donegan, often hailed as the king of skiffle music. Peter’s response? “He’s my father.”

Sir Tom Jones then reminisced about his friendship with Lonnie and a song the latter had penned for him. Surprisingly, Jones proposed a duet of “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” a song he released in 1967, still a staple in his performances. Peter, adept at the piano and having played in his father’s band since he was 18, agreed to accompany on his primary instrument.

Coach was visibly moved, describing the moment as magical, reflecting on the intricate connections between Peter’s father, Tom Jones, and the song itself. Sir Tom added, “There’s never been anything like that. If it was like a movie.”

The drama intensified in the Battle Round when Sir Tom had to choose between Peter and Deana Walmsley, who delivered a captivating rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” together. Despite both contestants’ stellar performances, Sir Tom ultimately chose Walmsley, prompting praise for his impartiality.

Following his journey on The Voice, Peter Donegan continues to pursue his musical career. But who exactly was his father, Lonnie Donegan, and why does he hold such significance in British music history? A delightful and informative video featuring Lonnie and Peter sheds light on his illustrious career.

Lonnie Donegan, with 31 UK top 30 hit singles including three #1s, left an indelible mark on British music. His skiffle style directly influenced iconic bands like The Beatles, The Kinks, and even punk acts like The Sex Pistols and The Clash. His use of British accents and vaudeville influences set the stage for a new wave of musical expression.

When Lonnie Donegan passed away in 2002, Paul McCartney aptly summarized his impact: “He was the first person we had heard of from Britain to get to the coveted No. 1 in the charts, and we studied his records avidly. We all bought guitars to be in a skiffle group. He was the man.”

As a delightful tribute, let’s enjoy Lonnie Donegan’s iconic 1960 hit “My Old Man’s A Dustman,” a song that undoubtedly left its mark on the musical landscape.

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