Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sing, Sing, Sing - Musta Pekka

Today Brita Koivunen turns 80. To honour her birthday we now present her wonderful rendition of "Musta Pekka" (Black Peter). It was released in 1957 on the B-side of a 78-rpm single. Maybe that's why this song has been largely forgotten. The Finnish lyrics were crafted by Sauvo "Saukki" Puhtila. The original song, the swing classic "Sing, Sing, Sing" was first recorded (1936) by Louis Prima, who als wrote the tune. The original name was "Sing, Bing, Sing" - referring to Bing Crosby - but it was later adjusted to be more general expression. The song became big orchestral hit in 1937, when adapted by Benny Goodman's Orchestra. And the tune has since been the very emblem of the swing era.

Here's the triplet:

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