Friday, December 17, 2010

Little Green Apples - Vihreät omenat

Lasse Mårtenson recorded "Vihreät omenat" (The green apples) for his 1968 album "Lasse Mårtenson". It was also released as a single and gave him a minor hit. The lyrics were written by Lasse himself. The original song "Little Green Apples" was written by US songsmith Bobby Russell and first recorded in 1968 by singer and songwriter Roger Miller , best known for his honky tonk-influenced novelty songs. Later that same year it was released most successfully in a modified R&B version by O. C. Smith (b. Ocie Lee Smith). His rendition reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Little Green Apples" won Russell both the 1969 Grammy Award for Song of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

Here's the pair:

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