Thursday, November 13, 2008
One More Ride on the Merry-Go-Round - Milloin Saavut
There's something magical about this song. Anita Hirvonen (real name Anita Lindgren) recorded "Milloin Saavut" (When will you arrive) in 1977, when Anita did massive come-back after some leaner years. For some reason, you want to hear this tune over and over again. Anita was and still is definitely one of the most popular singers in Finland. Her career started already in the 60's and she's still going strong. Her style is somewhat matured along the years. The tomboy-Anita has evolved into romantic Ms. Hirvonen. The original song was written by melody and lyric masters Neal Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, and it was first recorded by Peggy Lee in 1970. This fine version here, however, is by a legendary cabaret singer Jane Olivor, who recorded it in 1976 on her first albun "First Night". Jane is often favourably compered to Barbra Streisand and for a reason. Both Jane and Anita have soul in their voices, even if they aren't exactly soul singers. I try to find also the Peggy Lee's original version and present it here later ...
Updated on 18.07.2010: added Kössi Härmä's original Finnish version (1971).
Here's the pair: