This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
What Is Life - Mikä saa ihmisen elämään
Oliver (real name Veikko Laiho) ventured in pop singer career during the first his years of the 70's, and made a couple of singles. None of them were hits, so I guess Oliver called it quits. However, he has recorded several songs in other music genres, e.g. schlager and Christmas music. This "Mikä saa ihmisen elämään" (What makes a man to live) was released as a single in 1971 and the Finnish lyrics were witten by Chrisse Johansson. The original song "What Is Life" was on George Harrison's 1970 album "All Things Must Pass" and was the second single culled from the album, the first one being "My Sweet Lord" (finnpicked here). The album was recorded just after the break-up of Beatles and was co-produced by Phil Spector. As "My Sweet Lord", also "What Is Life" was actually written for Billy Preston, but Harrison decided not to ask Preston to record the song, seeing the song as too much of a "catchy pop tune".