Thursday, July 30, 2009
Gimme Some Lovin' - Anna mulle lovee
Mikko Alatalo was a young university student when his novelty song "Mä maalaispoika oon" (I'm a Country Boy) became a huge hit in 1974. It was his own composition, as were almost all songs he has recorded. One of the exceptions to the rule was this "Anna mulle lovee" (Gimme love) in 1977. Mikko was extremely popular in the 70's and 80's writing catchy tunes to the witty lyrics of his own or of his friend Harri Rinne. His speciality was a folklore-style, jolly song that we Finns know as 'ralli'. But he recorded also many songs of more serious nature. In the 90's Mikko released highly acclaimed and successful childrens records. Since 2003 he has been a Member of Parliament. The original version of this Finnpick was called "Gimme Some Lovin'" and it was the first self-penned hit for Spencer Davis Group. in 1967. Well - almost self-penned - the basic riff of the song was borrowed from the US singer Homer Banks' song "(Ain't That) A Lot of Love" (as you can yourself hear from this Taj Majal's version). This song is ranked number 244 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.