Thursday, September 30, 2010

If You Can Put That In A Bottle - Mies laatikossa

Ragni Malmsten was the daughter of great Finnish singer, composer and entertainer Georg Malmsten. Ragni recorded her first songs in the 50's duetting with her father in several popular children songs. In the 60's she had several schlager hits and in the 70's she turned more into jazz and chansons. This "Mies laatikossa" (Man in the box) is somewhat surprising (and good!)pop song from Ragni. She recorded it in 1970, and it was released on the B-side of a single. And very rarely heard since. The lyrics - again surprisingly - were provided by Jaakko Borg, who is better known as composer and arranger. The original song was called "If You Can Put That In A Bottle" and it was a minor hit in 1967 for American singer, actor and game show host John Davidson. I bet Ragni never heard of John's version but instead she covered Lill Lindfors' Swedish version of the song called "En man i byrån" (A man in the cupboard). Both the Finnish and Swedish version tell about how convenient it would be to have a man stored in a box, always ready to be used when a woman needs him ...

Here's the triplet:

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