Thursday, March 17, 2011

He'll Have To Go - Hän poistukoon

For some reason, Seppo Pirhonen did not really make it. He recorded altogether 22 songs in two years in 1960-1961, but none of those hit the upper regions of charts. In 1962 he turned 20 and after serving in army, he quit recording. The extraordinary feature in Seppo's recordings was that the orchestral backing originated from Sweden. He recorded same songs as Swedish schlager singer Gunnar Wiklund and they used the same backing tracks. This goes also for this finnpick "Hän poistukoon" (He should go) in 1960; Wiklund recorded the Swedish version as "Han måste gå". The original version "He'll Have To Go" was a big country-pop hit for Jim Reeves in 1959. Jim made his breakthrough one night in 1952, when Hank Williams failed to make an appearance on the show, and Reeves sang in his place. Reeves was at the height of his career when his private plane crashed outside of Nashville in 1964.

Here's the pair:

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