This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
January - Kalenteri
As we now say farewell to January, let's listen to a song dedicated to this very month. Arto Sotavalta (see earlier entry) recorded "Kalenteri" (Calendar) in 1976. It is very rare recording, becouse for some reason it wasn't released as a single or on any of Arto's albums. It appears only on one of the "Maailmalla soi" (What's played in the world) series albums that presented cover versions of selected world hits. The original song "January" was recorded by the Scottish rock band Pilot. It was written by band member David Paton and produced by Alan Parsons. Pilot was formed during 1973 in Edinburgh, Scotland by the former Bay City Rollers members, David Paton and Billy Lyall. "January" was UK number one single, spending all of its 3 week chart run at the top - ironically - in February 1975. It also charted in the United States, and went to number one in Australia where it stayed up top for eight weeks. The Pilot, together with their pruducer , later formed the nucleus of the Alan Parsons Project. You can see the band perform "January", here.