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Hendrix lost Welsh anthem a hoax
Jimi Hendrix
The hoax generated interest from around the world
An electric recording of the Welsh anthem found on a tape from the 70s was not performed by Jimi Hendrix.

The owner of the tape, Martin Davies, admitted he had propagated the myth for fun.

Mr Davies admitted he persuaded a friend who formed a 70s punk band to play a Hendrix style version of the anthem.

"I could be accused of hoaxing but it was only a bit of fun. A lot of people had a lot of fun with it," he said.

Davies' friend John Ellis - who formed the Vibrators then went on to play with the Stranglers, Peter Gabriel and many others - performed Land of My Fathers.

Three gigs

The supposed Hendrix track was played on BBC's Newsnight in January.

Mr Davies said he put the version on his website with a story about its discovery expecting a few hundred hits.

But 35 million curious Hendrix fans around the world took up the story.

Mr Davies, a former record producer who now runs the Red Dragonhood design company, initially said he inherited the tape from a fellow producer Dave Chapman after his death in 2005.

He claimed the recording was made by a band whose bassist, Viv Williams, from Crickhowell in Powys, was friendly with Hendrix.

Some claimed the whole episode was a hoax and that the real guitarist would turn out to be the late Tich Gwilym who have been known to play distorted versions of Land of my Fathers.

Hendrix played a total of three gigs in Wales, and all in Cardiff: two in the Capitol in April 1967; and one in the November of that year at the city's Sophia Gardens.




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