Wilde World: Hootenanny Singers

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Kim Wilde's first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series 'Wilde World' shows.

It's Eurovision week, meaning that the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place this week in Sweden. The spectacle kicks off tomorrow with the first of two semifinals, with the 'real' Song Contest taking place on Saturday. A perfect week, then, to highlight a Swedish cover version of a Marty Wilde composition. 'I still believe in tomorrow'.

That song was featured on this blog last month in a version by John & Anne Ryder. That duo remained rather unknown, but the Swedish version, entitled 'Om jag kunde skriva en visa' was recorded in 1969 by the Hootenanny Singers. And of course, that band became better known in the end because of one of its members. Bjorn Ulvaeus went on to perform in a little Swedish band called Abba. They won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with the classic 'Waterloo'. And that's why it's so nice to hear this song this week. After all, even this famous Swedish man has been touched by the hand of Marty.