Les Irresistibles — “My Year Is a Day”, Omega — “Gyöngyhajú Lány”, Ola and the Janglers — “That’s Why I Cry”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 10, 2021

194) Les Irresistibles — “My Year Is a Day”

‘68 single by the American band, formed while living in Paris the prior year. The song is an English cover version of Dalida’s dramatic “Dans la Ville Endormie” and was their biggest success. It was released in the U.S. under the band name Arch of Triumph.

Here is Dalida’s version:

195) Omega — “Gyöngyhajú Lány”

Yuri German calls Omega “the most successful Hungarian rock band in history.” (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/omega-mn0001073347/biography) Oh, I thought that honor belonged to György Ligeti. In any event, Gyöngyhajú lány” (“The Girl With Pearls in Her Hair”) became their first international hit in ‘69 and was especially popular in Eastern Europe. It was later adapted by the Scorpions and sampled by Kanye West (the latter leading to a legal settlement).

In the ‘90’s, the Scorpions transformed it into “White Dove”:

196) Ola and the Janglers — “That’s Why I Cry”

This was a ‘67 B-side in the UK by the Stockholm band. Guitarist Claes af Geijerstam was later in Nova, which won the Swedish part of the Eurovision song contest in 1973, beating out ABBA!

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