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.
“Thoughts are boucing in my brain. Oh Lord are they gonna change? Seems I lost her years and years ago. I need her so, can I go on sad. I feel so bad, I think I’m had. And my year is a day, and my year is a day . . . .”
Here is Dalida’s version:
195) Omega — “Gyöngyhajú Lány”
Yuri German in All Music Guide calls Omega “the most successful Hungarian rock band in history.” 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).
“One day the sun felt so tired. She has fallen asleep in the lap of a deep green lake. Then the people felt pain in the dark of the night. She’s felt compassion and has come among us. Yes, a lady with pearly hair has come. Was I dreaming? Or maybe it was real.”
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!