Friday, April 29, 2011

Massachusetts - Muistan valon vain

Finnpicks Grand Tour of USA heads to North. Martti Koskimo (see earlier entry)  recorded "Muistan valon vain" (I remember only the light) in 1967. Unfortunately it faced the same destiny as all his few recordings; it was not a hit. Even if the original song was quite popular in Finland. "Massachusetts" was a big worldwide hit for Bee Gees in 1967. The state of Massachusetts (or "Commonwealth of Massachusetts", as it's officially called) has got it's name from the original people of a region, the Massachusett, which can be traslated as people living "near the great hill". When the Bee Gees wrote the song, they had never been to Massachusetts. The boys simply loved the word. It was originally intended to be recorded by The Seekers, but they didn't. The Seekers finally recorded it after Maurice Gibb's death in 2003, as a tribute to him.
Here's the pair:

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