Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dansevise - Tanssilaulu

Laila Kinnunen (see earlier entry) was the first artist to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest. That was in 1961 with the song "Valoa ikkunassa". In the year 1963 Laila made a cover version of the winning song as "Tanssilaulu" (Dance song). The arrangement was by Jaakko Salo and the lyrics by Sauvo "Saukki" Puhtila. The ESC winner in 1963 in London was another Scandinavian country, Denmark, with "Dansevise", performed by husband and wife duo Grete & Jörgen Ingmann. Finland got 'zero points' for the first time with "Muistojeni laulu". Danmark's winning entry was perhaps the first pop song to win ESC, although it wasn't pure pop, only jazz waltz with guitar in major role (Jörgen Ingmann was a famous guitarist). You can see the duo's performance, here.

Here's the pair:

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