Monday, January 25, 2010

Ebony eyes - Lumottu oon

Bamboo, often called as 'the first Finnish boy band', recorded "Lumottu oon" in 1978. There was an aggressive campaign in the mid 70's for this new band consisting of four teenage boys. Even TV commercials were used, which was quite uncommon in those days. Well, Bamboo was not such a big success that it was meant to be. But it recorded some interesting songs. Most of them were in English, but this "Lumottu oon" in Finnish. The original song as written and performed by American musician Bob Welch. Welch had played in various marginal bands in the 60's, but in 1971 he was invited to join Fleetwood Mac, that had recently lost two of its members, Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer. Along with another new recruit Christine McVie, Bob helped to steer the band in a more melodic direction. In 1977, Welch released his first solo album, "French Kiss". This release brought Welch his greatest success, selling two million copies and yielding three hit singles, one of which was this "Ebony Eyes". You can see rare promotion video of the song, here. And here you can se him perform it with another 'Mac', Stevie Nicks.

Here's the pair:

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