Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Walking Back To Happiness - Kanssas onneen taas mä astelen

Monika Aspelund has been pop singer longer than I remembered. She recorded her first single already in 1960, when she was only 14 years old. It was the first Finnish version of "Tie Me Down Kangaroo Sport" (Let's see if we can present it here someday). This "Kanssas onneen taas mä astelen" (With you I'm walking to happiness again) was her 4th single and released in 1961. Monika's heydays were in the 70's, when she recorded some well received singles and albums. She also performed in many international venues. In Eurovision Song Contest 1977 (London) Finland's "Lapponia" sung by Monika placed 10th. The original song "Walking Back To Happiness" was big hit It was (number one in the UK for three weeks) for British teenage star Helen Shapiro . She was only 15 when recording the song. Before she was 16, Shapiro had been voted Britain's 'Top Female Singer'. You can see Helen perform the "Happiness" -song, here.

Here's the pair:

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