Thursday, November 20, 2008

L'amour en heritage - Rakkaus

We end this "Love" -mini series with the song entitled simply "Rakkaus" (Love). It was recorded by Lea Laven (real name Lea Luukinen) in 1986. Lea's specialty is her dark and low voice. She started her career in the end of 60's doing mainly rock gigs. Her big breakthrough came in 1974 when her cover of Cher's "Dark Lady" that was a huge hit in Finland. During her 40 years in business she has been awarded 1 Platinum and 7 Gold Records for album sales. The original song "Only Love", or "L'amour en heritage" (Love in heritage), was composed by famous French composer Vladimir Cosma and made to an international hit by Nana Mouskouri. Nana was born as Ioanna Mouskhouri in Crete, Greece and has sold over 230 million records worldwide in a career spanning over 5 decades, making her one of the world's best-selling female recording artists. In 1985 Mouskouri recorded "Only Love", the theme song to the BBC TV series "Mistral's Daughter". The song topped the UK charts and was also a hit for Nana in its foreign language versions. As the composer is French, we present here the French version.

Here's the pair:

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