This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Surrounded By A Ray Of Sunshine - Kunhan maksat kyytisi
For some reason there were very few so called girl groups in Finland in 60s/70's. But Ringa ja Kaksoset (Ringa and the Twins) was one of this rare breed. However their career span was very short and resulted only to two singles. The song "Kunhan maksat kyytisi" (As long as you pay your fare) was the A-side of the second one in 1967. The group consisted of Ringa (real name Hannele Rinne) and Lehtimäki twins Arja and Mervi. These three 14-year old girls from Helsinki suburbs, started singing together in January 1966, after the lead singer Ringa had got herself a guitar as a Christmas present. They stood out from other Finnish singing girls by performing soul and pop instead of folk. After these unsuccesful singles the group disbanded and Ringa tried solo, but unfortunately it didn't caught fire, either. The covered song "Surrounded By A Ray Of Sunshine" was exceptional in the sense that it wasn't a hit in Finland, and quite a small one in the land of it's origin, UK. The performer was Samantha Jones (b. Jean Owen) who earlier had been a member of the group Vernon Girls. Jones was produced by Charles Blackwell who also wrote this song. Samantha was only modestly successful in UK despite a powerful voice and great songs to work with, like this one ...