Hurdy Gurdy

Members of Hurdy Gurdy: Claus Bøhling, Jens Marqvard Otzen, Mac MacLeod, Torben Forne
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Discography of Hurdy Gurdy:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Hurdy Gurdy 8 Audio 2002 Akarma
2 Hurdy Gurdy 8 Audio 1972
3 Hurdy Gurdy 8 Audio 2002 Akarma
4 Hurdy Gurdy 8 Audio 2001 Eroe Progressivo
5 Hurdy Gurdy 8 Audio 2011 Valhalla
6 Hurdy Gurdy 10 Audio 2002 Red Fox Records
7 Hurdy Gurdy 6 Audio UFO Records
8 Tick Tock Man/Lend Me Your Wings 2 Audio 1970 Spectator Records
9 Hurdy Gurdy 8 Audio Not On Label
10 Hurdy Gurdy 8 Audio 1972
11 Hurdy Gurdy 8 Audio 2010-10-25 Universal

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 [a=Claus Bøhling], drummer [a=Jens Marqvard Otzen] and British vocalist and bassist [a=Mac MacLeod] formed the power trio. Inspired by [a=Cream (2)] but with more psychedelic leanings they split from [a=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 [a=Donovan]'s manager [a=Ashley Kozak] to ask if he could help the band in any way. Donovan wrote the "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 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 looked to in the early days to learn how to pick the guitar. “I wrote the song especially for them but then we got into a disagreement over how it was to be produced. I wanted to do it one way and they another. “So I said, `Right then - I'll do it myself because I think it's good enough for a single.' “So I did it. And it's out.”

Whilst in the UK they did some recordings produced by [a=Chris White (2)] and [a=Rod Argent] of [a=Zombies, The]. Two tracks by the MacLeod era of Hurdy Gurdy, "Tick Tock Man " and "Neo Camel" are on the Mac MacLeod anthology The Incredible Musical Odyssey of the Original Hurdy Gurdy Man, and showcase the free-flowing power trio psychedelic rock sound that rivalled [a=Jimi Hendrix Experience, The] in their live performances.

Otzen and Bøhling had to return to Denmark shortly after those recordings, as they were unable to secure work permits from the Musician's Union. A new bassist (Torben Forne) was recruited to replace MacLeod, and in the early 1971 they released a self-titled album for CBS which has recently been reissued on CD. MacLeod briefly joined the post Zombies group Argent.

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