Saturday, February 19, 2011

Blah, Blah, Blah - Jäkäti jäk

This weekend we present two classic humour songs from the 60's. The first one is performed by Ismo Kallio, who recorded "Jäkäti jäk" (Yakety yak) in 1963 together with vocal group Four Cats. The original song is in the Database of The Finnish Institute of Recorded Sounds erroneously credited as being "Yakety Sax" (also known as the Benny Hill Theme) by Boots Randolph, but it is in fact a novelty record called "Blah, Blah, Blah" recorded by Italian-American singer, songwriter and restaurateur Nicola Paone in 1958. The song was ranked No. 1 on the US charts by Cash Box magazine in January 1959. Paone was very popular in the US in the 50's, especially among his 'paesanos' (countrymen). He was even called "the Italian Bing Crosby," The "Blah, Blah, Blah" presented here is probably the single version, becouse it misses the second verse, which is present in the Finnish version.

Here's the pair:

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