This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Speedy Gonzales - Hiiri Gonzales
Per-Erik "Pärre" Förars (see earlier entry) recorded "Hiiri Gonzales" (Gonzales the Mouse) in 1962 (on the flipside of the single was a cover of Shadows' "Guitar Tango"). The humorous lyrics were provided by Sauvo "Saukki" Puhtila. The original song was the worldwide smash hit for Pat Boone in 1962, "Speedy Gonzales". Boone's version was however not the original one. That was recorded in 1961 by a singer named David Dante (b. David Francis Hess), who also co-wrote the the tune. It was not hit in his native USA, but went all the way to top three in the Philippines. David was singer and actor who recorded many demos for Elvis under the name "David Hill". He also wrote "I Got Stung" for Elvis. Later David starred in, co-wrote and scored the cult B-movie "Last House On The Left". As everybody has heard the Pat Boone rendition, we present here the rarely heard original version.