Friday, February 26, 2010

(Love's) Ring Of Fire - Nuotiopiiri

Topi Sorsakoski and Reijo Taipale (see earlier entry) did an excellent album "Kulkukoirat" in 1992. On that album was this song "Nuotiopiiri" (Ring of fire). Topi took care of the vocals, and the lyrics were done by Juice Leskinen. It's a version quite different from the original (or any subsequent version), which was a June Carter/Merle Kilgore composition called "(Love's) Ring Of Fire". June Carter went on tour with Johnny Cash in 1962; and also on that tour was singer-songwriter Merle Kilgore. On the tour and afterwards they worked on writing songs. June's sister Anita Carter was recording an album at the time and told June that she needed another another song for the album. This song was given to her and it was promptly recorded in November 1962. Johnny Cash heard Anita's record and he told Anita "I'll give you about five or six more months, and if you don't hit with it, I'm gonna record it the way I feel it." In fact, he recorded it in March 1963 (with Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters singing harmony, and with the the famous Mexican horns added in) and it became an international hit for him. We present here the original "(Love's) Ring Of Fire". In this rare footage you can see Johnny perform the song live in 1963.

Here's the pair:

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