Sunday, August 30, 2009
Pes mou thn alithia - Vaikka väkisin
Anita Hirvonen - frequently presented in Finnpicks - recorded "Vaikka väkisin" (Even if by force) in 1969. It was released as a rather successful single. The lyrics were done by Juha Vainio. As usual, the lyrics in Anita's songs were strong and daring for a woman singer. The role of Anita Hirvonen in 'liberating' Finnish female singers in this respect was significant. The original song "Pes mou thn alithia" (Tell me the truth), was sung by famous Greek singer Vicky Leandros (b. Vassiliki Papathanassiou) . She is the daughter of musician and composer Leandros Papathanassiou (aka Leo Leandros, aka Mario Panas). She achieved worldwide fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 with the song "Après Toi" (representing Luxembourg). Already in 1967 she sang for Luxembourg in ESC with the song "L'amour est bleu" - "Love Is Blue"
Here's the pair: