Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Cinderella Rockefella - Rakkain Rokkefeller

Jarkko & Laura (see previous entry) released "Rakkain Rokkefeller" (Rokkefeller dearest) as a single in 1968. The success of this and other singles helped the duo to win Finnish preliminaries for Eurovision Song Contest in 1969. The original song was worldwide hit for another female-male duo - Esther and Abi Ofarim. Esther Ofarim (b. Esther Zaied) is an Israeli female vocalist, who met Abi Ofarim (b. Abraham Reichstadt), a guitarist and dancer, in 1959 and subsequently married him. With her husband and without him she began to sing Hebrew and international folk songs. In 1963 Esther placed in the 2nd place at the Eurovision Song Contest with "T'en vas pas", representing Switzerland. From then on, her duo with Abi began take off. And in 1968 the Ofarims had their international breakthrough with this "Cinderella Rockefella", which hit the top of the charts in several countries.

Here's the pair:

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