This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I Dig Rock'n Roll Music - Jos sais kerran reissullansa
The First had a couple of hits in the 60's. The biggest of those was "Meni hermot" (finnpicked earlier, see here) but this 1967 release of "Jos sais kerran reissullansa" (If I could once get lucky) was also popular. The original song was a a hit for folk group Peter, Paul and Mary in 1967, peaking at number 9 on the Billboard Top 100. The song was co-written by Paul (Stookey). It includes several lyrical and musical references to contemporary artists, including The Mamas & the Papas, Donovan, and The Beatles. The final verse suggests that socially conscious messages CAN be included in rock and roll songs, but they must be hidden "between the lines" in order to make them suitable for commercial radio airplay. You can see P,P&M's free-spirited live performance of the song here.