This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Honey - Hän
Markku Suominen was a singer, songwriter and lyricist that started his recording career in 1968. For a short time he was quite popular, making a couple of big hit records. First of them - maybe the biggest one of all - was "Hän" (She) released in 1968. It tells a sad story of young wife dying at early age, told by the reminiscing husband. The same story appears in the original song "Honey" that was written by US songsmith Bobby Russell. His most famous song along with "Honey" is "Little Green Apples," which won him a Song of the Year Grammy Award in 1968. The original recording of "Honey" was made by Bob Shane, a former member of Kingston Trio. His version was well-received but under-marketed and didn't sell. The big bang came when the song was a littel later recorded by Bobby Goldsboro . Bobby started his career by playing guitar for Roy Orbison from 1962 to 1964, but alter he set out on a solo career. He had several hits in the Pop and Country music charts, but his biggest was of course 1968's "Honey". The song, as rumour has it, was recorded in one take. The song has has sold millions of copies worldwide. We present both Bob's and Bobby's versions. Bob's version is of inferior quality, but for the sake of its rarity, it's here.