Sunday, January 25, 2009

Beautiful Sunday - Kaunis sunnuntai

Even if it's grey and foggy day here in Finland. I have chosen "Kaunis sunnuntai" (Beautiful sunday) to be the song of the day. Arto Sotavalta (see previous entry) released it in 1972. It was his single number 12, and quite popular at the time. The lyrics were done by Arto himself. The original "Beautiful Sunday" was composed - like yesterday's Finnpick - by Daniel Boone (born Peter Green). And this time he performed it himself. The song was a big hit around the world. In 1958 Peter took a stage name Peter Lee Stirling, and released altogether 10 singles between 1963 and 1970. In 1971 he changed his name to Daniel Boone (after the American pioneer). He had several hit records with the new moniker but none of them as big as "Beautiful Sunday". He seems to have been jolly good fellow, becouse in 1972, Boone was the recipient of the "Most Likeable Singer" award from Rolling Stone magazine.

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