Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Boy On A Dolphin - Delfiinipoika

Seija Karpiomaa recorded "Delfiinipoika" (Dolphin Boy) in 1957. It was the A-side of her first single that included our earlier finnpick "Maruzzella" (see previous entry) on the B-side. Both songs were great successes and launched her career in a good foot. Her career although remained short as she took singing only as a hobby. The original song "Boy On A Dolphin" was from a sountrack for the movie of the same name. The film was set in Greece and starred Sophia Loren and it was Sophia's American film debut. The plot of the movie revolves retrieving an ancient Greek statue of a boy riding a dolphin from the bottom of the Aegean Sea. Loren plays a Greek sponge diver who accidentally found the statue. The title song can be heard in the opening credits. It was performed in smoky, sensual voice delivered by the famous songstress Julie London (b. Gayle Peck), in her famous style of singing intimately close to the microphone accompanied only by a guitar.

Here's the pair:

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