Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hi, Hi, Hi - Ai, jai, jai

It's a long time since we last presented Johnny. Well, here's Johnny! ... He recorded "Ai, jai, jai" in 1973 for his album "Jonglööri" It was released also as a single, on the flipside of his version of "Coconuts From Congoville" (finnpicked earlier, see here).  The Finnish lyrics were crafted by Vexi Salmi. The original song was called "Hi, Hi, Hi" and it was a smash hit in 1972 for Paul McCartney & The Wings. It was banned by the BBC because of "unsuitable lyrics." The song still managed to be a hit, reaching number 5 in the UK and number 10 in the US. BTW, the name "Wings" is said to have come to McCartney as he was praying in the hospital while Linda was giving birth to their eldest child Stella.

Here's the pair:

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