This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
My Eyes Adored You - Niin aika rientää
It's hard to understand why this man wasn't a big star. Heikki Pietiläinen recorded some pop ballads in the 70's and as you can hear from this 1975 "Niin aika rientää" (So the time flies) -song, he got the vocal potential to become a great Finnish crooner. But for some reason he faded away. As far as I know he released only one single (in 1975) and contributed to several 'Various Artists' compilation albums. In 1991 he released a cassette(!) with songs primarily in the classical music vein. It would be nice to know where is he now? The original of today's Finnpick was "My Eyes Adored You", a big hit for Frankie Valli (b. Francis Stephen Castelluccio). It was originally recorded by The Four Seasons in early 1974. But after their record label did not release it, the recording was sold to lead singer Frankie Valli for 4000 dollars. After rejections by several record labels, Valli succeeded in getting the recording released on Private Stock Records, but it's owner wanted only Valli's name on the record. The single was released under Frankie Valli's name and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1975.