Thursday, January 15, 2009

Go Leila - Oi Leila

WARNING! This song sticks into your head. You might be humming this song for the rest of the day. Listen at your own risk! Frederik (see previous entry) recorded 'Oi Leila' (Oh Leila) as a B-side to his "Brasilero" -single in 1977. For some reason this song has been totally left in oblivion, although it should have been a hit. I myself hadn't heard this since two weeks ago. Amazing! The original song "Go Leila" was a hit in Neteherlands in 1976 and was performed by a group called Garnets. It was written by J. Vincent Edwards, who was a one of the original cast members of the London production of "Hair" playing the part of "Vince" almost 2.000 times. As a songwriter and producer over half of his 200 compositions were covered by other artists. The most famous being was the international hit "Right Back Where We Started From" recorded by Maxine Nightingale. There's unfortunately not much to tell about the Garnets. It was a Dutch rock group that recorded for the same record label as Shocking Blue - Pink Elephant, well known in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

As I have lately been quickly running out of bandwidth with my online storage (it seems that many of you are listening!), I have changed to Divshare, at least temporarily.

Here's the pair:


Arrowman said...

You're right...
I was delighted by this original, that I've never heard, but Frederiks Finnishs version has always been one of my favourites. As macho man Frederik is in his best in this song as his softer side.

Magomusiikki said...

Upea biisi, molempina versioina, ihme tosissaan, ettei tästä tullut hittiä Reetun versiona aikanaan....!