Monday, February 14, 2011

This Ole House - Torppavanhus - Seiska

Kipparikvartetti ("Skipper Quartet") was the father of all Finnish vocal groups. It's heyday was in the 50's and at the time it was one of the most popular entertaining acts in Finland, doing radio- and TV shows, movies and recording a wealth of good music. Like this "Torppavanhus" (Old cottage) that was released in 1955 on a 78 rpm record. The lyrics were provided by Sauvo Puhtila. Puhtila did also a modernized version of the lyrics and Ismo Kallio (see earlier entry) recorded "Seiska" (Seven) in 1965, scoring a medium-size hit with it. The original song originated from the US country scene. "This Ole House" was written in 1954 by Stuart Hamblen, one of American radio's first singing cowboys. The version by Rosemary Clooney, featuring bass vocals by Thurl Ravenscroft, reached number 1 on the Billboard chart, but we present here the writer's version. There's a (non-verified) story behind the song. Hamblen was on a hunting expedition with his fellow hunter, actor John Wayne, when they came across a old hut in the mountains, many miles from civilization. They went into the hut and there, lying amongst the rubbish and rubble of a crumbling building, was the body of a dead man. This inspired Hamblin to write "This Ole House", an epitaph for a mountain man.

Here's the triplet:

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