King of Skiffle

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King of Skiffle
Compilation album by Lonnie Donegan
Released 11 April 2000
Genre Skiffle
Label Castle Records
Lonnie Donegan chronology
Muleskinner Blues
(1999)
King of Skiffle
(2000)
This Y'ere The Story
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

King of Skiffle is a musical album by Lonnie Donegan. A CD version of the album was released in the UK on 18 February 1998 by Castle Music. The CD was also released by Pickwick under the title "The Best of Lonnie Donegan".

The first single from the album that was released was a version of Lead Belly's "Rock Island Line". It was the first debut record to go gold in the UK, and reached the Top 10 in the United States.

One of the songs, "My Old Man's a Dustman", reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1960. It was ranked #29 on the "Top 100 Hits of 1960" chart from Canadian Top 40 radio station, CHUM.

The other main hits from the album are "Cumberland Gap" and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)" The latter was featured decades later in the Dr. Demento radio program, a show specializing in novelty songs. The song also appears on the Dr. Demento 20th anniversary two-disc set.

Track list[edit]

  1. "Rock Island Line"
  2. "Jack O Diamonds"
  3. "Tom Dooley"
  4. "Puttin' On the Style"
  5. "I'm Alabammy Bound"
  6. "Wabash Cannonball"
  7. "Wreck of the Old 97"
  8. "The Battle of New Orleans"
  9. "Bring a Little Water Sylvie"
  10. "Nobody Loves Like an Irishman"
  11. "Michael Row the Boat Ashore"
  12. "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)"
  13. "My Old Man's a Dustman"
  14. "Cumberland Gap"
  15. "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O"
  16. "Grand Coulee Dam"
  17. "Have a Drink On Me"
  18. "Gamblin' Man"
  19. "Nobody's Child"

This compilation album is similar to a 1970 double album (same name) with 22 stereo tracks released by Deutsche Vogue Schallplatten GmbH under the Pye label. "Rock Island Line" and "Wreck of the Old 97" are the exclusions, whilst the 1970 version included:

  • "Seven Golden Daffodils"
  • "Rock O' my Soul"
  • "Fort Worth Jail"
  • "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy"
  • "Frankie and Johnny"

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