Monday, May 17, 2010
Zwei kleine Italiener - Tina ja Marina
The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 is just around the corner. As last year, we in Finnpicks count down to the event by presenting some Finnish covers of past Eurovision Song Contest entries. We start from the year 1962, when vocal duo Tuula & Paula (see also here) recorded "Tina ja Marina" (Tina and Marina). Tuula and Paula were sisters, with Karppanen as their last name. They had some pop hits in the beginning of the 60's. Paula re-surfaced later in the 70's as a member of vocal group Mirumaru (see earlier entry, here) The original song was called "Zwei kleine Italiener" (Two little Italians) and it was the German entry in 1962 ESC in Luxembourg. It was performed by schlager star Conny Froboess and placed 6th. The song describes the plight of two "gastarbeiters" from Italy, who wish to return to their homeland to be with their girlfriends, Tina and Marina.
Here's the pair: