Monday, May 23, 2011

Ventura Highway - Ei siinä mitään

We now continue our Finnpicks Grand Tour of USA, that was interrupted a couple weeks ago. This is the last leg, cruising the western part of the North American continent. The pop band Kalmar Union (see earlier entry) recorded "Ei siinä mitään" (It doesn't matter) for their sole album in 1973. It was not released as a single. The original song was called "Ventura Highway" and it was one of the hits for the band America. The writer and vocalist is band member Dewey Bunnell, who has said that the song has the most lasting power of all the songs he has written. The song went to number 8 on the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts in 1972. Actually there is no "Ventura Highway", but it's the first part - from Los Angeles to the city of Ventura - of the U.S. Route 101 (US 101), which is one of the last remaining and longest U.S. Routes still active in California state, and the longest highway of any kind in California.

Here's the pair:

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