Saturday, December 27, 2008

Gringo's Guitar - Hiljainen kitara

Well - I'm back from the holidays. And it's time to present those old finnpicks again. Let's get the wheel slowly turning with our old friend Danny and his recording from the year 1966, "Hiljainen kitara" (Silent guitar). Danny had a remarkable ability to pick up songs that weren't hits in Finland (or anywhere else for that matter) and make fine and tasteful cover versions of them. This is one of those songs. The original "Gringo's Guitar" was done by the famous crooner Perry Como on his 1965 Nashville country album. The album was produced by Chet Atkins, and I guess it is he that plays the Gringo's guitar on the record. The song was composed by Cindy Walker. She was a renowned country artist in her own right, but I don't know if she never recorded this beautiful eerie western ballad herself.

Here's the pair:

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