Reino Vihtori "Repe" Helismaa (12 July 1913, Helsinki - 21 January 1965) was a Finnish singer-songwriter, musician and scriptwriter, mainly known for his humorous, yet homely songs. One of his best-known interpreters was Tapio Rautavaara.
Song lyrics: Helismaa wrote over five thousand song lyrics. Some of the most famous include:
Balladi Villistä Lännestä (A ballad of the Wild West)
Hiljainen kylätie (A quiet village street)
Kaksi vanhaa tukkijätkää (Two old lumberjacks)
Kulkuri ja joutsen (The tramp and the swan; translation of originally Swedish song Vagabonden och svanen by Lasse Dahlquist)
Kulkurin iltatähti (The tramp's evening star)
Lentävä kalakukko (The flying kalakukko)
Meksikon pikajuna (The Mexico Express, original: Orient Express)
Päivänsäde ja menninkäinen (The sunbeam and the goblin)
Rakovalkealla (At the campfire)
Reppu ja reissumies (The knapsack and the travelling man)
Rovaniemen markkinoilla (At the Rovaniemi fair)
Suutarin tyttären pihalla (At the shoemaker's daughter's yard)
Other works by Helismaa include 8 plays, 10 revues, 32 film manuscripts and 104 radio plays.
Screenplays for several
Pekka ja Pätkä -comedy films made in the 1950s.
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