Thursday, July 23, 2009
Evangelina - Eva Maria
Rexi (see previous entry) recorded a lot of songs, but somehow he newer gained any greater popularity. Perhaps he didn't stood out the crowd ... One of his many country flavoured recordings was "Eva Maria" in 1983 on his album "Parasta maailmassa". Contributing were two Finnish pop stalwarts: Raul Reiman (lyrics) and Veikko Samuli (arrangement). The original song was called "Evangelina" and it was written and performed by Hoyt Axton (finnpicked earlier, here and here ). He released the song on his 1976 albun "Fearless". Lyrics of the song tell about the girl 'Evangelina' in 'old Mexico', whereas 'Eva Maria' in the Finnish version is a waitress in a corner pub ...
Updated on 15.01.2011: added the first Finnish version "Paltamon kaunein" (1979) by Seppo Närhi, and the version by Kari Tapio ("Takamaan tyttö, 1990) both with different lyrics.
Here's the bunch: