This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Monday, February 1, 2010
A Wonder Like You - Olet ihme häikäisevin
Timo Jämsen (see earlier entry) recorded "Olet ihme häikäisevin" (You're the wonder most shining) in 1962 with the vocal group Four Cats. It wasn't, however, nearly as successful as Timo's earlier recordings. Perhaps the audience expected a bit more rocking sound. The lyrics were by Sauvo "Saukki" Puhtila. This song was also versioned (with different lyrics) by duo Pinja & Ville in 1999. The original was written by Jerry Fuller and performed by Ricky Nelson. Jerry was a promising singer himself, but after striking gold as a songwriter with "Traveling Man" for Ricky, he concentrated more on the songwriting and producing. He went on to write no less than 23 of Ricky's recordings, including this "A Wonder Like You", a Top Ten hit. Jerry and his friends, Glen Campbell and Dave Burgess sang back-up on many of Ricky's recordings.