Perhaps the biggest hit for Johnny was "Hymyhuulet" (Smiling lips) in 1963. It was his break-through as a solo artist after playing drums in the legendary Finnish guitar combo The Sounds. The song of course covered Cliff Richard's "Lucky Lips", but the original was done in the 50's by the US songwright stalwarts Leiber and Stoller and recorded by Ruth Brown in 1957. It was a minor hit for her and peaked at 25 in charts. Ruth Brown was a R&B singer and actress noted for bringing a popular music style to rhythm and blues. She earned nickname 'Miss Rhythm' and later when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 'The Queen Mother of the Blues'.
Here's the pair:
Moody Blues - A Question of Balance 1970
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