I thought this particular urban legend had died a death some years ago, but it surfaced again down the pub last night. So, as a Public Service Announcement, let me make it clear that:
The musician responsible for the legendary riff was in fact Raphael Ravenscroft, and the whole Bob Holness thing started life as a joke by journalist and BBC presenter Stuart Maconie in the New Musical Express.
In other late-breaking news:
- The late Richard Whiteley did not play washboard with Slayer in their early days as a Doncaster skiffle band.
- Valerie Singleton and Muffin the Mule did not co-star in the series Lesbian Lavatory Lust Volumes I – XVIII.
- And, just to be positive for a change, Monkee Michael Nesmith‘s mother did, in fact, invent Liquid Paper.