Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Home of the Brave - Miks hän ei olla saa niinkuin haluaa

Iris Rautio started her career in the 50's. Although being primarily jazz-singer, she did record seven pop singles in the 60's. This "Miks hän ei olla saa niinkuin haluaa" (Why can't one be as one wants to be) was one of those, released in 1965. It didn't have any great success, but it's a good example of Iris' talent in deploying her deep, dark voice. The original song was called "Home of the Brave" and it - as well as the Finnish version - told about those basic human rights; equality and liberty (hence the title reference to lyrics in US National Hymn) from the perspective of one human . It was written by famous US songwriter combo Cynthia Weill and Barry Mann (featured in Finnpicks before, here). The artist who made the first recording is debatable; either it was the girl group Bonnie & Treasures or pop & country singer Jody Miller. For the sake of equality (;-)) I present here both of their versions. Bonnie's (b. Charlotte Ann Matheny) record was produced by Phil Spector, as you might hear, but Jody's version fared better chartwise.

Here's the triplet:

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