Wales is known as The Land of Song. This is chiefly because we have more Male Voice Choirs per square inch than any other place on earth. Most of these came from the coal miners of the South Wales Valleys though it seems that while most collieries had their own choir it soon seemed that every small village soon had one too. Don’t panic though, this post won’t be about the Male voice choirs though I confess I’m moore than partial to a good rendition of Mae Hen wlad fy nhaddau, our National Anthem which translates as Land of my Fathers, as long as there’s a box of tissues close by. Instead I’m going to focus on some of the chart acts who originated here, No-one will be surprised I’m sure if I start off with Sir Thomas John Woodward, Born 1940 in Pontypridd. Known to us all as Tom Jones This song is from 1966 and though not his earliest record it was a soft ballad and very popular.
Next is a 1970 hit from a Cardiff boy who had started early, in 1954 at age 10 playing in The Edmunds Brothers Duo. Though a prolific singer-songwriter, this is a Smiley Lewis cover.
Up to North Wales and the City of Bangor next where in 1984 Duffy was born, Her 2008 album Rockferry became the year’s best selling album. This is a track from the album which went platinum in 5 countrries and gold in two. In 2011 Duffy left the spotlight with but a brief reappearance in 2015 when she contributed 3 songs to the film Legend. In 2020 she explained he absence was due to having been abducted and subjected to rape.
1992 in the village of Cwmaman, Cynon Valley, South Wales saw the birth of this next act. And what a talented bunch they are. Eleven studio albums saw seven of them go to Number one.This track comes from the 2001 album Just Enough Education to Perform. Say Hi to the Stereophonics.
This last young lady was born in Pontardawe in 1950 into a Welsh speaking family. The Model Twiggy saw her perform on a TV talent show and recommended her to Paul McCartney. Shew was one of the first people to sign onto the Beatles Apple record label. McCartney himself produced her first single in 1968, Those Were The Days, and she took off. A crystal clear voice and pleasant personality proved a hit. This song is from 1969 and was written by Paul McCartney though as ever was creditted to Lennon-McCartney.
Have as great week Everybody and keep the Hugs coming.