Friday, February 25, 2011

The Story Of My Life - Elämäni tarina

Stig Fransman makes now his debut in Finnpicks. Stig recorded some singles in the end of 50's and in the beginning of 60''. But he preferred acting to singing and after becoming professional actor he eventually quit recording. He made his first single in 1958, and on the A-side was this "Elämäni tarina" (The story of my life). Nice song and performance, but no chartbuster, however. The Finnish lyrics were provided by Sauvo "Saukki" Puhtila. The original song "The Story Of My Life" was one of the first collaborations by US songwriting team Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (words). The song was country and cross-over hit for Marty Robbins (finnpicked earlier, see here) in 1957. The song stayed at number 1 on the country chart for four weeks and reached number 15 on the Billboard Top 100. In the UK, Michael Holliday recorded a version that went all the way to number 1 in 1958. You can see Marty perform the song in this rare clip.

Here's the pair:

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