This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Monday, May 26, 2008
East Virginia - East Virginia
Let's go to the 60's. Danny (real name Ilkka Lipsanen) was perhaps the most popular male pop artist in Finland in the 60's. In 1964 he recorded his first single "East Virginia" together with his group - the Islanders. Danny had found the song from Joan Baez' first album ('Joan Baez' - 1960). The folk song of Baez was given a a clever pop arrangement and consequently became number 1 hit in Finland. The song originally was a traditional American folk-blues number, known usually as 'East Virginia Blues'. As an example here I give you folk-legend Buell Kazee's version (published in 1958).
Updated on 22.1.2009. Added the Finnish language version "Tuntematon" (1965).