|Arthur Kylander |
|Born||Arthur Arkadius Kylander
February 16, 1892
|Occupation||singer, songwriter, musician|
In 1925 he met his future wife Julia Varila, a pianist and accordionist with whom he began performing and touring. During the Depression the Kylanders moved to Hollywood, California, where Julia worked as a cook and Arthur was a butler and chauffeur. In 1943 they bought 240 acres of wooded land near Placerville, California and started a tree farm. In 1964 Kylander was named the Outstanding Conservation Rancher of the Year.
His repertoire included Kulkuri (The Hobo), Muistojen Valssi (The Waltz of Memories) and Suomalainen ja Sauna (The Finn and the Sauna). A member of the Industrial Workers of the World, many of Kylander's songs dealt with the hardships facing immigrant workers while retaining a strong sense of wit and humor. He sang in a mixture of Finnish and Finglish in a manner similar to his contemporary, Hiski Salomaa.
- Arthur Kylander. fi.wikipedia.org. Retrieved: March 12, 2013.
- Arthur Kylander, Finnish-American Folksinger. fingerlakesfinns.org. Retrieved: March 12, 2013.
- Mountain Democrat December 17, 1964.
- Ethnic Music on Records by Richard K. Spottswood, (University of Illinois Press, 1990) Volume 5, pp. 2581-2582.
- Songs about Work by Richard A Reuss and Archie Green, (Bloomington: Folklore Institute, Indiana University, 1993) pp. 268-271.
- Siirtolaisen Muistoja (The Immigrant's Memories) (Helsinki: Finnish RCA, 1978).
- Oi kuinka engeliksi mielin (We'll be angels by and by) (Kaustinen: The Folk Music Institute), 1994).
- Stranded in the USA (Munich: Trikont, 2004).
- Arthur Kylander on Victor Records.
- 1978 LP with four songs by Arthur Kylander
- 2004 CD with two songs by Arthur Kylander