Swedish accordion player. Means Life In The Finnish Woods.
Pinetoppers [als Mockin' Bird Hill crediting Vaughn Horton, a miner from Pennsylvania who wrote lyrics to this waltz in the thirties; top 10 US]
Burl Ives [idem]
Les Paul & Mary Ford [idem; n°2 US]
Patti Page [idem; n°2 US]
Alice Babs [as Adress: Rosenhill; n°1 in Sweden]
Thory Bernhards [idem]
Lammy Van den Hout [as De Spotvogel Fluit]
Russ Morgan [as Mockin' Bird Hill]
Ronnie Ronalde [yodeling, whistling and singing]
Ria Valk [as De Spotvogel Fluit]
Claude François [as La Ferme du bonheur]
Gaby Haas [as Life In The Finland Woods Waltz]
Roots Syndicate [n°1 NL]
Jeff Beck [on his Les Paul tribute]
Roots Syndicate version used in the Netherlands in a '92 commercial for insurance company Centraal Beheer from Apeldoorn. ('Even Apeldoorn bellen')
This ongoing search for the origins of all popular songs imaginable has been bundled in books over the years, four in Dutch, all sold out. Now here's a first edition in English, and the good thing is: you don't need those old versions, for all information still standing and relevant from former editions is encapsulated into this new volume, like Russian babooshka puppets.
The Originals - Prequel of the Hits holds everything, no less. Pure content. Details the lifespan of some 12.000 music titles, all traced back to their earliest manifestation, predating hit version(s) and other relevant covers.
The new book is available at www.epo.be.
In February 1982 a two hour radio show was first aired from Brussels, with nothing but the original versions of hits of the day. Made for a change for Soft Cell's Tainted Love, Capt. Sensible's Happy Talk, Fun Boy Three & Bananarama's It Ain't What You Do and Sting's Spread A Little Happiness. Instead of sifting through average early eighties TOTP regulars, in came the mid sixties, late forties, thirties and even twenties, linking a Northern soul classic to a Rodgers & Hammerstein composition, a Jimmie Lunceford theme song and a West End showtune from musical Mr. Cinders.
That was only the beginning. Soon as The Originals' own bag o' goodies ran out, audience participation filled it up again and never stopped doing so. 582 separate The Originals radio shows followed.