Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Harem - Haaremin ruusu

Here's one example of a Finnish vocal cover of a song that is better known as an intrumental. Marion recorded "Haaremin ruusu" (The rose of harem) in 1964. The lyrics were done by prolific lyrics writer Tapio Lahtinen, who, under pseudonym Kullervo, has made Finnish lyrics to several songs fondly remembered by all Finns, like "Yellow Rose of Texas" and "Jingle Bells". The original instrumental tune was called "The Harem" and it is an American composition, but it was made to a hit song by a British clarinettist and bandleader Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band. However, for some reason, its was a hit down under in Australia in 1964 but failed to chart in the UK.

Here's the pair:

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