Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saturday music spot: "You raise me up" (sung by Aled Jones)


Jim said...

Aled Jones, thats that bloke that got all the credit for Peter Auty's song.

Chris Whiteside said...

I presume you're talking about the confusion about "Walking in the Air?" after they both recorded versions of this as trebles?

They both had lovely treble voices and now have beautiful tenor and baritone ones respectively.

Jim said...

thats the one, Alad Jones released a cover of it shortly after "the snowman" Peter Auty was not credited on the film until its digital make over some years later, hense most people thought it was Alad Jones who sang it.

Im not having a go or a pop at Alad, by the way, just pointing out how simple it can be to change history.

Chris Whiteside said...

Yes, my understanding is that the sequence of events you described, which was not Aled Jones' fault, caused a lot of people to think it was him rather than Peter Auty who was singing it in the film.

And you are right about how easy it can be, in the eyes of many people, to change history.

In "1984" George Orwell has "Big Brother's" regime writing people out of history This was presumably based on Stalin's propagandists but there have been a surprisingly wide range of attempts to wipe people from history, going back from ancient history and up to modern times.

Both the Egyptians and Romans practiced "Damnatio Memoraie" - trying to prevent people from being remembered. By definition we don't know of any completely successful attempts to expunge someone from history, because if there were any, we wouldn't, though one or two got very close as you can read at

In particular as I think we have discussed before, Pharaoh Horemheb managed to come very close indeed to destroying the records of the entire Armana period covering more than thirty years and the reigns of about five of his predecessors, and did so with such thoroughness that it was not until the 19th century and particularly the discovery of King Tut's tomb that archaeologists and historians began to rediscover the period.