This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Mama's Pearls - Suklaasydän
This song is one of the absolute classics in Finnish popular music. Everybody knows it and everybody can sing it (at least some parts of it). Brita Koivunen recorded "Suklaasydän" (Chocolate Heart) in 1955 accompanied by the jazz vocal group Ditty Dealers (one of the Dealers was Brita's furure singing partner Eino Virtanen). The song was instant hit and the sales awarded Brita a Gold Record., only the second one in Finland. The catchy phrase "bumtsi-bum" (Boom-chi-boom) that Ditty Dealers sang, became over 40 years later a title of very popular TV music programme. The lyrics. written by Saukki (Sauvo Puhtila), undoubtedly played major part in the songs success. In view of the songs immense popularity it's peculiar that not many Finns (including me) have heard the original version. Now it has been made availbale (thanks to FiftySixtyGhost in Youtube). It was an obscure 1954 song by American singer Margaret Whiting and called "Mama's Pearls". Margaret was one of the top recording artists of the so-called Interlude Era, betwwen World War WII and the arrival of rock'n roll in the mid-fifties. The song was composed by Geoff Clarkson, the pianist in the Bob Hope's touring band; Whiting was 7 years touring with them.