Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Finland 1969: Jarkko ja Laura


Jarkko (Antikainen) and Laura (Ruotsalo) were the whole nation's sweethearts, young and sweet happy couple when they won the 1969 Euroviisut. The voting was done by postcards and they beat Katri Helena's now evergreen Maailman pihamaat easily: over 85.000 vs 42.000! The song is rather "humppa" (typical Finnish music loved and danced by elder generations in endless summer nights in the countryside) when sun never sets while trying to escape the mosquitos) but somehow it has resisted the test of time.

They had a few hits in the 1960's and got married after Madrid. They released 23 singles between 1966-72, and a few songs in the 1980's and 1990's. They still perform as a hobby these days, and Laura also released a solo album in 2004 - only to be asked "Where's Jarkko?" as she says today.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love them. Theyre my favourite finnish act from Eurovision.

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