J. Karjalainen

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J. Karjalainen
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J. Karjalainen performing in 2014 in Olli and Janne Haavisto’s Fifty-Sixty concert at the Tavastia Club
Background information
Birth nameJukka Tapio Karjalainen
Born (1957-04-01) 1 April 1957 (age 61)
Helsinki, Finland
OriginHelsinki, Finland
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter
Years active1981–present
LabelsWarner Music Finland
Kompass Records
Poko Records

Jukka Tapio "J." Karjalainen (born on 1 April 1957) is a Finnish singer-songwriter. His first album came out in 1981 and he has been called the "Bruce Springsteen of Finland."[1] He states that his music is a mix of "Blues, Rock´n´roll, Folk, Country, Soul, Funky, New Orleans stuff." He also listened to old-time musicians like Tommy Jarrell and Clarence Ashley while learning the 5-string banjo.[2] Jukka is married to Kati Bergman, and they have a son.


Studio albums[edit]

as J. Karjalainen ja Mustat Lasit
  • 1981: J. Karjalainen ja Mustat lasit (J. Karjalainen and The Black Glasses)
  • 1982: Yö Kun Saapuu Helsinkiin (When Night Comes to Helsinki)
  • 1983: Tatsum tisal
  • 1985: Doris
  • 1986: *Varaani (Monitor Lizard)
  • 1987: Kookospähkinäkitara (Coconutguitar)
  • 1988: Lumipallo (Snowball)
as J. Karjalainen (1st period)
  • 1990: Keltaisessa talossa (In The Yellow House)
J. Karjalainen yhtyeineen (J. Karjalainen and his band)
  • 1991: Päiväkirja (Diary)
  • 1992: Tähtilampun alla (Under the Starlamp)
  • 1994: Villejä lupiineja (Wild Lupins)
as J. Karjalainen Electric Sauna
  • 1996: J. Karjalainen Electric Sauna
  • 1998: Laura Häkkisen silmät (Eyes of Laura Häkkinen)
  • 1999: Electric Piknik
  • 2001: Marjaniemessä (In Marjaniemi)
  • 2002: Valtatie (Highway)
as J. Karjalainen (2nd period)
  • 2006: Lännen-Jukka (Western-Jukka)
  • 2008: Paratiisin pojat (Boys in Paradise)
  • 2010: Polkabilly Rebels
  • 2013: Et ole yksin (You Are Not Alone)
  • 2015: Sinulle, Sofia (For You, Sofia)

Live albums[edit]

as J. Karjalainen ja Mustat Lasit
  • 1983: Tunnussävel (Theme)
  • 1989: Live


As J. Karjalainen

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Minnesota's Finnish guests find a rude airport welcome". Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  2. ^ "Interview: J. Karjalainen". Finpop. 2003. Retrieved 2007-11-03.