This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Norman - Norman
Tuulevi Mattila recorded a couple of singles in 1961-1962 representing at the time the new young generation of Finnish female singers together with Marion Rung, Monika Aspelund, etc. But, unlike some others, she never really made it. She ended her singing career at the age of 17 and later made her career as dance artist and -pedagogist. One of the songs Tuulevi recorded was "Norman" in 1961. The lyrics were crafted by Reino Helismaa, who for some reason did not re-christen the boy in the song, although "Norman" is not a Finnish name. The original song was written by the famous American songsmith John D. Loudermilk. It was made to a hit by pop and country music singer Sue Thompson (b. Eva Sue McKee), peaking in Billboard charts at position number 3 in 1961. Thompson became a favorite among the teenagers, even though she was in her late thirties at the time. You can see her perform the song in television show, here.