And now ... Olavi Virta ...

Olavi Virta
20 suosikkia / Hopeinen kuu


01. Armi - Olavi Virta - 2:49
02. Unelmatango -Tango du reven- - Olavi Virta - 3:04
03. Carmen Sylva - Olavi Virta - 3:04
04. La Cumparsita - Olavi Virta ja Metro-Tytöt - 2:36
05. Hymy -Smile- - Olavi Virta - 2:42
06. Täysikuu - Olavi Virta - 3:04
07. Syysunelmia - Olavi Virta ja Harmony Sisters - 3:01
08. Kylmä rakkaus - Olavi Virta - 2:26
09. Assuncion - Olavi Virta - 3:21
10. Saavuthan jälleen Roomaan - Olavi Virta - 3:18
11. Tango Desirée - Olavi Virta - 3:13
12. Mustalaisruhtinatar - Olavi Virta - 3:30
13. Hurmio (Ecstacy) - Olavi Virta - 3:00
14. Lazzarella - Olavi Virta - 3:28
15. Hopeinen kuu -Guarda che luna- - Olavi Virta - 3:21
16. Kuinka saatoitkaan -Oh, What You Do To Me- - Olavi Virta - 2:41
17. Johnny, mua muistathan -Johnny, Remember Me- - Olavi Virta - 2:36
18. Kun ilta ehtii - Olavi Virta - 2:36
19. Yö kerran unhoa annoit - Olavi Virta - 2:34
20. Sateinen ilta -Soir de pluie- - Olavi Virta - 3:06



 Olavi Virta (originally to 1926 Oskari Olavi Ilmen) (27 February 1915, Sysmä, Finland – 14 July 1972, Tampere, Finland) was a Finnish singer, acclaimed as the king of Finnish tango. Between 1939 and 1966 he recorded almost 600 songs, many of which are classics of Finnish popular music, and appeared in many films and theatrical productions. Of his most acclaimed tangos are Punatukkaiselle tytölleni (For my red haired girl), Ennen kuolemaa (Before death) (Avant de mourir) and Täysikuu (Full moon), while standouts from his other popular music are Poika varjoisalta kujalta (Boy from a shady alley) (Guaglione), Hopeinen kuu (Silver moon) (Guarda Che Luna), Eva and Kultainen nuoruus (The golden youth). He was also the second tenor of the quartet Kipparikvartetti in the early 1950s. At the beginning of his career he received three gold records for the songs Ennen kuolemaa, Tulisuudelma (El Choclo) and La Cumparsita. Olavi Virta's career was cut short by a scandalous arrest for drunken driving in 1962, after which the press mockingly called him "The Singing Meatball." Ten years later he succumbed to alcoholism, living his final years in poverty.

In the 1950's and 1960's many classic covers were born and one of them is Fred Buscaglione's Guarda che luna that Olavi Virta, one of the most loved Finnish singers ever, recorded as Hopeinen kuu. Ever since this song has been part of most every tango singers repertoire and his been recorded dozens if not hundreds of times by various singers. A real classic and evergreen in Finland.

thanks to na'uma for the wink : )



nauma said...

happy new tango Mi

Barron said...

Lovely stuff, and very nice to see a new post on this blog.

However, the rar file is missing tracks 3,4,8, and 9. So we have only 16 suosikkia, not 20.

Try again? Or post the missing tracks separately? Please?

Miguel said...

Sorry Barron it took me quite a while... new link just added now...
too busy otherwise...

Thanks for making me aware of the mistake

...nice to see you around anyway : )

Hasta pronto!