Newsnight solves Hendrix Welsh national anthem mystery
- 28 Feb 07, 10:49 AM
Tonight on the eve of St David's Day Newsnight will reveal the identity of the mystery guitarist.
On January 2 2007 we broadcast a distorted version of the Welsh anthem played in the style of Jimi Hendrix's Star Spangled Banner. Apparently the tape had been discovered in an abandoned recording studio. One of the other artists on the tape was a Welsh friend of Jimi Hendrix called Viv Williams. Tantalisingly they had been seen together in a pub next to the studio the week before Hendrix died. Could this be Jimi's lost last recording or perhaps Viv Williams paying homage to his friend? Newsnight viewers were sceptical.
Some claimed that the whole episode was a hoax and that the real guitarist would turn out to be the late Tich Gwilym or any of the Welsh bands who have been known to play distorted versions of "Mae'n Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau". We have found the real Viv Williams and can reveal what happened the night the track was recorded.
In the meantime here's a list of likely candidates - who do you think it was?
Was it really Jimi Hendrix's last fret?
Or is that guitar solo courtesy of: the Stereophonics; Catatonia; Dave Edmunds; the Vibrators; Super Furry Animals; Badfinger; the Manic Street Preachers; the late Tich Gwilym; or even the mysterious Viv Williams (pictured).
Well, what do you think? Tonight we'll reveal which one of the above was actually behind the recording.