Hurdy Gurdy (band)

Hurdy Gurdy (Band)

Hurdy Gurdy (band)

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Hurdy Gurdy formed from the Danish group Peter Belli and the Boom Boom Brothers (aka The B.B. Brothers) in June 1967. Three of the B.B. Brothers, guitarist Claus Bohling, drummer Jens Otzen and British vocalist and bassist Mac MacLeod formed the power trio. Inspired by Cream but with more psychedelic leanings they split from Peter Belli to form the band named by MacLeod 'Hurdy Gurdy'. They had considerable success in Scandinavia breaking many attendance records for their live shows. The band moved to England in early 1968, after MacLeod had been deported from Denmark.

In Denmark, on the 19th of December 1967 MacLeod wrote to Donovan's manager Ashley Kozak to ask if he could help the band in any way. Donovan wrote "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" for them as a gift for MacLeod. MacLeod came back to the U.K. in the new year to see Donovan and a few weeks later the rest of the band followed. After hearing Donovan's demo tape the band set up outside his Little Berkhamsted cottage and played their version of the song. Donovan did not like the heavy take on the track they played as he wanted a softer, acoustic arrangement. Soon after he released his own version of the song which became a hit, his version in the end had a similar arrangement to the Hurdy Gurdy version. Donovan told Keith Altham of the NME (and Hit Parader)in December 1968, Hurdy Gurdy Man,' was originally written for a Danish group by that name,”, “There is a friend of mine in the group — Mac MacLeod — whom I......
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