This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Linda Linda - Linda Linda
Frederik (real name Ilkka Sysimetsä) is still one of the most popular Finnish male singers, although his recording career started already 40 years ago in 1968. He adopted his stage name after the Danish Crown Prince Frederick, but the 'c' was dropped out as the name would be too difficult to write in Finnish. Frederik developed a macho image - not unlike Tom Jones - in the 70's, and it has stayed with him since. And it's often reflected in his songs. This "Linda Linda" is however not a very macho song. Frederik recorded it in 1979. He has recorded hundreds of songs, and I bet we hear some of them in future Finnpicks. The original song, also titled as "Linda Linda", comes from Netherlands. The Dutch pop group Tee Set, who had a worldwide hit with "Ma Belle Amie" in 1969, had a big European hit with this one in 1979. The song was written by the band's guitarist and vocalist Peter Tetteroo.