Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during WWII and great orator, wrote his own speeches and delivered them on many radio broadcasts. Or did he?
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Although Churchill is often credit for boosting morale for the Allied forces to win the war, controversy surrounds these recordings. For years, rumors have floated about that an actor was hired to deliver these speeches because Churchill was too busy at the height of the war. Recently, these rumors have thought to been confirmed when Norman Shelley's son found a 78 rpm record marked "Churchill: Speech. Artist Norman Shelley; September 7, 1942." This record is allegly of his father delivering one of Churchill's speeches for American radio. Although he wasn't fully believed, in the 1970's Norman Shelley (who played Watson on the Sherlock Holmes radio program) admitted to the recordings. Rumors of the day suggested Shelley supposedly even took his own false teeth out to impersonate Churchill's voice. Listen to these wartime broadcasts yourself and see if you can distinguish who is who.