Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yeh Yeh - Yeh Yeh

Lars 'Lasse' Mårtenson was among the most popular Finnish pop- and jazz singers in the 1960's. He started his career in 1950's with the group Lasse Mårtenson Trio, in which he sang lead and played keyboards. Later he went solo and recorded several pop hits and appeared in many TV Shows. He represented Finland in Eurovision Song Contest 1964 performing his own composition "Laiskotellen". Since the 70's Lasse has concentrated in composing music for movies and television. In 1965 he recorded the jazzy "Yeh yeh" that suited very well for Lasse's laid-back singing style. The original - almost instrumental - tune was recorded in 1963 by Latin Jazz legend Ramón 'Mongo' Santamaria. It was written by Mongo's pianist Rodgers Grant in collaboration with saxophone player Pat Patrick. Jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks later added original lyrics and recorded the song at the Newport Jazz Festival 1963.In 1965 the song became international hit as a vocal version by British rhythm and blues and jazz singer Georgie Fame (real name Clive Powell).

Here's the pair:

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