Welcome to Wales. Croeso y Cymru.

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.

Tom Jones. Green, Green Grass of Home 1966

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.

Dave Edmunds, I hear you knocking.

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.

Aimee Anne Duffy- 1984. Mercy 2008

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.

Stereophonics Have a Nice Day.

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.

Mary Hopkin-Goodbye 1969

Have as great week Everybody and keep the Hugs coming.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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64 Responses to Welcome to Wales. Croeso y Cymru.

  1. Suzassippi says:

    Tom Jones–we were all in love with him.

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  2. MELewis says:

    Wow, that last one from 1969 sure takes me back! What a voice she had. I am proud to have some Welsh roots somewhere in my family tree! Happy weekend and hugs to you David.

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  3. Clive says:

    Another good selection, David. Mary Hopkin has featured on my blog too, such a beautiful voice. All good ones for apart from the opener, which I can never hear without thinking of Only Fools And Horses 😊

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    • davidprosser says:

      You know, that just didn’t occur to me. You’ll have to call me a plonker. Mary did have a beautiful voice. I think The Stereophonics are my favourite group from here so no point in my showing the others. Have a nice weekend,
      Hugs

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  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Now for something to enjoy on Saturday night.. or those in the Southern Hemisphere with your breakfast on Sunday morning.. The wonderful talent that Wales has shared with the world including Tom Jones. Mary Hopkin, Stereophonics, Duffy and Dave Edmunds.. thanks to David Prosser for his weekly walk down memory lane.

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  5. Great selection, David. Thaks you and Hugs.

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  6. I love male voice choirs. One of our writers’ group belonged to the local male voice choir and when he sadly died of cancer his church funeral was held at the woodland burial ground. The choir followed his coffin to the grave. It was so moving. Shortly after this we went to a festival with three choirs. Including Real Welsh chaps. Christchurch Priory was a testosterone filled heaven that night!

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    • davidprosser says:

      Ditto. Mae hen wlad fy nhadau is my National anthem and with a good Male Voice Choir behind it, I’m always moved, usually nearer the exit if I try to join in. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye at thge burial ground, for sure mine wouldn’t have been.
      Humongous Hugs

      l

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    • V.M.Sang says:

      Quite a number of years ago I went to the funersl of my friend’s father, who was a member of a Welsh male voice choir in Christchurch. I don’t know if it was the same one, though. She and her family originated in Angelsey.
      The choir sang at his funeral. Not a dry eye in the place. It was incredibly moving.
      I love male voice choirs, and Welsh ones are the best.

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      • davidprosser says:

        A really good choir doesn’t just sing, they draw out your emotions and wring you out. They do have good choirs on Anglesey. I daren’t listen to the National Anthem or Myfanwy else the tears are trickling down my face and off my chin.
        Huge Hugs

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  7. petespringerauthor says:

    I remember what a heartthrob Tom Jones was with the ladies over here. Unfortunately, the Stereophonics song was blocked. My two favorites today were Mercy, and I Hear You Knocking.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m sorry about the Stereophonics, it’s worth looking on Youtube as there’s more than one copy of that Pete. I’m glad you enjoyed Duffy. Apart from Lewmmy from Motorhead who is from where I used to live she’s my nearest celebrity.
      Hugs

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  8. jilldennison says:

    Okay, you got me straight out of the box … Tom Jones could sing the phone book and I’d be enthralled! The next one I had heard, but not often enough to have an opinion … I’d give it a 5 out of 10. The Stereophonics was ‘unavailable’, but I found one and rather liked it … it was new to me! And last, Mary Hopkin. I LOVE her voice, and though I hadn’t ever heard this one before, I definitely liked it! You did well with this week’s selections. Sorry to be so late to the party …
    Cwtch

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    • davidprosser says:

      I seem to have done OK with you though you should listen to Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics. His voice is great.Dave Edmunds was more famous in the 60’s and probably more our side of the Pond so you’re forgiven, I’m glad you liked Duffy and Mary Hopkin. You’re welcome at the pasrt anytime.
      Cwtch

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  9. I am sure, one should not say it too loud, but without Wales England would miss a lot of famous singers and song writers too. By the way, on Friday Sir Tom Jones have had a concert in Lytham. Thanks for the information, David! Enjoy the Sunday! xx Michael

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’ll make sure I whisper that Michael though f course I know you’re right. I didn’t know of the concert in Lytham though of course he still has his fans everywhere. I’m guessing he’s a lot less energetic than he used to be now. I’m gad you dropped in. Have a great week.,
      Hugs

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  10. Keith says:

    David, nice selection of artists. People forget that Tom Jones could actually sing quite well. Of course, the ladies would not mind if he did not. Kind of like my wife with Jon Bon Jovi. Keith

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  11. V.M.Sang says:

    As my maiden name was Hughes, I claim Welsh heritage, although I don’t know how far back.
    I loved Mary Hopkin. Her song, Those were the days is most poignant now.
    And the Welsh National Anthem has to be amongst the best in the world.

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    • davidprosser says:

      Croeso Viv, with a name like Hughes there isn’t much doubt. It doesn’t matter how far back, if you’ve got it, it’s there forever. Mary Hopkin had a superb voice and as a Welsh Speaker actually started out recording Welsh songs for I think it was a private magazine., and doing folk music gigs. Those Were The Days is very poignant these days, I think everyone says the same about their National Anthem but I don’t even speak much Welsh and it still moves me.
      Massive Hugs

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  12. alexcraigie says:

    Very fond of the Stereophonics, liked some of Tom Jones but loved Mary Hopkin – especially Those were the Days. However, all of them are outshone by the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau by the crowd and team at pretty much any 6 Nations game. Diolch!

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  13. dgkaye says:

    That’s a whole lotta talent from that neck of the woods. I remember that Mary Hopkins song, never knew McCartney was part of it. Hugs for entertaining and informing us. ❤ xx

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  14. Mary Smith says:

    A great selection. I’d forgotten what an amazing voice Mary Hopkin had.

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  15. I didn’t know that Tom Jones was from Wales, David. I can’t wait to visit when this covid thing is done, and I want to hear some singing, especially if they match the caliber of this post. What happened to Duffy is so tragic. I’m sorry to hear that. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Fabulous! No need to say more 😁

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  17. inavukic says:

    Mercy by Duffy sends me onto the dance floor spinning – always! LOVE IT’S BEAT, RHYTHM, LYRICS …

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  18. davidprosser says:

    What a pity that dancefloor is in Sydney or I’d join you. There’s a nice sdlow one too in Warwick Avenue.
    Huge Hugs

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  19. Wonderful selection and talent, David. Hugest hugs flowing to you, always in the Land of Song (and mystical dragons). ❤ xXx

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  21. I’d forgotten how much I loved that last song. What a voice!!

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  22. Léa says:

    Wales has been on my list for as long as I can remember. My darling grandmother was a Cardiff lass, and could she sing! My grandfather dragged her away to Canada and I grew up in California. Now that I am in the Mediterranean, I am much closer to getting there. In the meantime, I listen to Bryn Terfel and the songs my grandmother sang. Thank you for sharing some of Wales with me. Lea

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    • davidprosser says:

      Now that you’re in the Med you’re practically Home. You know the famous song says, We’ll keep a welcome in the hillsides’.Bryn Terfel has a magnificent voice and my not including him is no reflection on it. Your Darling Grandmother must have left you a little Hiraeth (a deep longing for home) perhaps of Cardiff as it was. I hope you achieve your ambition and thanks so much for dropping in a and sharing with me.
      Cwtch (Welsh Hugs).

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  23. Léa says:

    Thank you for following one of my blogs. I do hope that you find something interesting there. I would love to visit Wales but this is my home from the minute I saw it. I think you know too much already. 😉 From my earliest childhood, I had a deep longing for home and only knew it was somewhere in Europe. Although I was born in California, my heart never belonged in that country. I grew up in the desert between LA and Palm Springs. My last home in the states was in Sacramento not that far from San Francisco. I didn’t leave my heart there. I lived in NYC for six years and have lived in the midwest as well. Yet when I was young, I spent quite a bit of time in Canada. I loved my time in Canada but it wasn’t home.
    As we say in France, gross calins (big hugs)

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  24. noelleg44 says:

    These made it to the US, but Tom Jones was the biggie. When I heard that middle-aged women were throwing their undies at him, I sort of tuned him out!

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  25. davidprosser says:

    Ah well, France’s gain is Wales’s loss and perhaps you might visit us someday just to see your Grandmother’s home. One of your blogs? I only saw one,now you’ve piqued my curiosity, People who move around a lot know when they’ve found their special place. Well done you.
    Gross calins

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  26. Ah, Mary Hopkin! Whatever became of her, I wonder?

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    • davidprosser says:

      As late as 2018 Mary was still releasing CD’s. Her daughter sings and runs a production company that releases the work and her son does musical arrangements. I hope at age 71 she also has time to enjoy her family.
      Hugs

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  27. And I had forgotten about her! Thanks for the information, David – and sorry, Mary! Hugs

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