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Friday, March 02, 2007

Hendrix outed

Today's Western Mail reports that the so-called Jimmy Hendrix recording of the Welsh National Anthem, reported on this blog here, was in fact a hoax:

The wailing, authentic sounding rendition of Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau stirred up a hornet's nest in the world of rock aficionados and collectors.

More than 30m of them contacted a website run by former record producer Martin Davies, who said he found the recording on a old tape recorder left over from the 1970s.

Cardiff-born Mr Davies, 50, said yesterday, "They were desperate for scraps of information about it, asking things like 'Was Jimi able to speak any Welsh?' "

The tape was even played on the BBC's flagship news programme Newsnight and hundreds of newspapers around the world, including the Western Mail, carried stories on the mystery.

Yesterday however Mr Davies admitted he had made the whole thing up.

It was not the late Jimi Hendrix who played the guitar version of the anthem but Mr Davies's friend John Ellis, who had previously been in the punk band The Vibrators and also played with Peter Gabriel.

Still it was a nice thought while it lasted.
Didn't fool me for moment!

Didn't recognise the Vibrators though - saw them in my youth and they were much better on record
April 1st came early this year. Must be due to global warming.
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