Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rawhide - Lännen tie

The final entry for now (I guess there will be a sequel ...) in 'Finnish Wild West In Song' is "Lännen tie" (The Trail of the West) by Matti Heinivaho. Matti started our mini series and thus it's appropriate that he will end it, too. The song was recorded in 1966 and famous for it's whip effects and cowboy yells. It was perhaps the most popular of the Finnish western songs in the 60's mainly becouse of the popularity of television western series 'Rawhide' that was shown in Finland at the time - and was also called 'Lännen tie'. 'Rawhide' was a series which aired on the American network CBS from 1959 to 1966 and launched the career of Clint Eastwood. The theme for "Rawhide" is (again) composed by Dimitri Tiomkin in 1958 and was originally recorded by Frankie Laine (real name Francesco Paolo LoVecchio). Laine was a successful American musician, singer and songwriter whose career started in 1930's and lasted 75 years, He sang songs stretching from big band crooning to pop to western-themed songs to jazz and blues, all delivered with his inimitable singing style.

Here's the pair:

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