This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sylvia's Mother - Sylvian äiti
We leave the Finnpicks Humour Week behind us with still another Shel Silverstein song. Shel did write also non-novelty songs, however, often with a twist. This is one of those. Petri & Petterson Brass (see previous entry) recorded "Sylvian äiti" in 1972. It was their second single, but wasn't as successful as their first one "Maalaismaisema". The original song "Sylvia's Mother" was the first big hit for Dr. Hook in 1972. At this point the band was still bearing the moniker 'Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show'. The song reached number 5 on the Billboard singles chart. The song tells the story of a man trying to say one last goodbye to his ex-girlfriend Sylvia Avery (Sylvia Suominen in Finnish version), but unable to get past her mother, who tries to interfere.