Lonnie Donegan's son Peter auditions on The Voice, and makes Tom Jones very emotional

7 January 2019, 13:37 | Updated: 28 August 2020, 09:38

By Tom Eames

The son of a legendary musician made a surprise appearance on The Voice at the weekend.

Peter Donegan, the son of the late skiffle icon Lonnie Donegan, performed on the ITV talent show on Saturday (January 5).

Sir Tom Jones was the only coach to turn around for Peter after his performance of 'Bless the Broken Road' by Rascal Flatts, and that made for quite an emotional moment.

Peter Donegan and his father Lonnie Donegan
Peter Donegan and his father Lonnie Donegan. Picture: ITV/Getty

When Peter told the coaches his name, Tom asked him if he was any relation to Lonnie Donegan. After Peter revealed that he was, Tom was proud to reveal that he once toured with his famous father.

He also said Lonnie had written a song for him called 'I'll Never Love Again', and asked Peter if he knew it. Before he knew it, he was playing it on the piano while Tom joined him for a duet.

Peter will now be coached by Sir Tom, as he makes it through to the next round of the competition.

Who was Lonnie Donegan?

Lonnie Donegan was a British musician, referred to as the 'King of Skiffle'. He was one of the most successful artists of the 1950s and 1960s in the UK, and influenced many artists including The Beatles.

His most famous songs include 'Rock Island Line', 'Gamblin' Man', 'Midnight Special', 'My Old Man's a Dustman' and 'If Your Chewing Gum's Lost Its Flavour'.

Lonnie Donegan
Lonnie Donegan. Picture: Getty

Lonnie died aged 71 on November 3, 2002, following a heart attack.

He married three times, and had two daughters by his first wife, Maureen Tyler (divorced 1962), a son and daughter with his second wife, Jill Westlake (divorced 1971), and three sons with his third wife, Sharon, whom he married in 1977. Peter is one of Sharon's children.