Friday, May 27, 2011

California Sun - Kalifornian aurinkoon

Muska recorded "Kalifornian aurinkoon" (To the California sun) in 1979, and at the time it was released only on a single.It was on the flipside of other 'Grand Tour of USA" -entry, "Tennessee -valssi" (see it here). The lyrics were - surprisingly - made by the Finnish punk rock legend Pelle Miljoona (b. Petri Tiili).  The original song was called "California Sun", and it was a big surf hit for US group The Rivieras in 1964, reaching number 5 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Rivieras were one-hit-wonders, five high school boys from Indiana - who had never been to California. The first recording of "California Sun" was made as a rhythm-and-blues song already in 1961 by Joe Jones (b. Edmond J. Melder), an American R&B singer, songwriter and arranger. His main claim to fame was "You Talk Too Much" in 1960. 

Here's the triplet:

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