Pave Maijanen

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Pekka Juhani "Pave" Maijanen (born 3 September 1950 in Lappeenranta) is a famous Finnish musician, who has worked as a singer, songwriter, bass player, keyboard player, drummer, guitarist and producer during his long career. As well as his solo career, Maijanen is known from bands such as The Royals, Rock'n'Roll Band, Pepe & Paradise and as the keyboard player and producer of Dingo and Hurriganes. Maijanen's first work as producer was the album Nuclear Nightclub by Wigwam.

Career[edit]

Pave Maijanen became interested in music at the age of 6, when he started playing the harmonica. In the 1960s, he was already playing in several bands, the most famous of which was Mielikummitus, the background band of singer Kristian. Maijanen's music career continued as the bass player of the famous band Pepe & Paradise and as the vocalist of The Royals. Maijanen also acted as the vocalist on the albums of guitar virtuoso Albert Järvinen. Maijanen's first solo single "Fever" appeared in 1975. In the early 1980s, Maijanen founded the band Pave's Mistakes, which produced two albums. On the second album Pidä huolta Pave composed, wrote and interpreted his first Finnish recordings. The title song of the album became one of the greatest hits of 1981.

The first album to be named after only Maijanen was the solo album Tanssivat kengät, which appeared in 1983 and contained the disco funk hit "Aiaiai", published in the previous year. For the whole 1980s, Pave has produced Finnish rock and pop music on his solo records. Maijanen wrote most of his songs himself, under the pseudonym Maija Paavonen. Hector also wrote lyrics for Pave's records. In the middle 1980s, Pave Maijanen's solo career was at its most popular. The albums Maijanen (1984) and Palava sydän (1985) got the diamond record award and the album Maailman tuulet (1987) got the gold record award. Maijanen's hits also include Lähtisitkö, Jano, Joki ja meri, Elämän nälkä and Ikävä. Maijanen was also a famous record producer in the 1980s. He also produced Hurriganes' last albums and the famous records of Dingo. Maijanen has also been called "the sixth Dingo" because he was actively involved in Dingo's activities in the 1980s and the band never went to the studio without him.

In the 1990s, Maijanen's career went into a downfall. His records didn't sell like they used to and a great misfortune was the last place at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 with the song "Yamma Yamma". When his own solo career was quiet, Maijanen acted as the keyboard player on Dingo's comeback gigs from 1993 to 1994 and played all keyboard parts on Dingo's album Via Finlandia. At the end of the 1990s, Pave came back to the limelights, when the group "Mestarit Areenalla", consisting of him, Kirka, Hector and Pepe Willberg sold out at Finnish ice hockey halls and he also organised his own concert at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, becoming the first ever Finnish artist to do so.

Pave Maijanen has been an employed musician and produced for his whole career, so he has always worked in music.

Pave Maijanen has also produced music for the television. For example, the Finnish version of the theme song of the cartoon DuckTales is sung by him.

Pseudonyms[edit]

  • Maijanen Paavo
  • Maijanen Pave
  • Maija Paavonen (or M. Paavonen)[1]

Bands[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Fever / The Seventh Son (single, 1975)
  • Tanssivat kengät (1983)
  • Maijanen (1984)
  • Palava sydän (1985)
  • Maailman tuulet (1986)
  • Kuutamolla (1990)
  • No joking (1991)
  • Sirkus saapuu tivoliin (1994)
  • Kohti uutta maailmaa (1998)
  • Mustaa valkoisella (2000)
  • Kaikessa rauhassa (2010)
Compilations albums
  • Kaikki Nämä Vuodet 1969–2010 (2012)

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kaija Kärkinen
with Hullu yö
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1992
Succeeded by
Katri Helena
with Tule luo