Thursday, May 21, 2009
Green Tambourine - Tamburiininsoittaja
The group New Joys was formed by 5 schoolboys in 1965 and recorded it's first single in 1967. It was a cover of Turtles' "Happy Together" and turned out to be a big hit for them. Their third single was "Tamburiininsoittaja" (Tambourine player) in 1968 and it was the last in their pop period. After this single they turned to soul anf later rock'n roll. But without much success, so they called it quits in 1973. The original version of today's Finnpick was made by US group Lemon Pipers and it was their only big hit, and called "Green Tambourine". The lyrics were written by Shelly Pinz, and reportedly inspired by an article about a one man band that performed outside a British bank. The song was composed by the groups producer Paul Leka. The Lemon Pipers are said only to have agreed to record "Green Tambourine" after it was revealed that the record label would drop them if they refused to do so. A wise decision becouse the song reached #1 on the charts by February of 1968.
Here's the pair: