Laila Kinnunen was very popular in Finland in the fifties and sixties. She sang beautifully in Finnish, but had also the ability to perform in manyotherlanguages. As performer Laila was quite versatile, just compare these twoperformances. Though in her heart of hearts she probably wanted to be a jazz singer. Laila's life was a tragic one. She was sent to Sweden at the age of four as war refugee and spent the next six years there separated from her family. She started performing as a teenager and soon found success. After many hit songs, four movies and many popular tv-programmes Laila withdrew from public at the end of the sixties. Her career basically ended before she was even thirty years old. Changing times, alcohol and abusive relationsips took her from the music. There was an attempted comeback in 1980 and though her voice was mostly gone the results do have a roughbeauty about them. She died at the age of 60 in 2000. Laila's music is still well-loved in Finland.
Here are some more examples of Laila's music. In addition to Finnish songs, she sang many covers both in Finnish and in other languages. (So many songs in the Finnish section below will probably sound quite familiar.)