Friday, May 14, 2010

I Just Don't Understand - Sitä ymmärrä en

Maria Lessig recorded only 2 singles. On the second one of those was this "Sitä ymmärrä en" (I don't understand it) in 1961. Maria's real name was Marja-Leena "Tutta" Lajamo and she was among the Finish artists to record music that one might call 'r&b'. The original song was called "I Just Don't Understand" and it was recorded by the Swedish-American actor/singer/dancer Ann-Margret (b. Ann-Margret Olsson) in 1961. It was produced by Chet Atkins and a TOP 40 hit, peaking at 17 in the Billborad Hot 100. Ann-Margret had a sexy throaty singing voice and her record company attempted to capitalize on the 'female Elvis' comparison by having her record a version of "Heartbreak Hotel" and other songs stylistically similar to Presley's. She played in the Elvis movie "Viva Las Vegas" in 1964.

Here's the pair:

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