Rauli Badding Somerjoki

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Rauli Aarre Tapani Somerjoki
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Rauli Badding Somerjoki (born August 30, 1947 in Somero, Finland; died January 14, 1987 in Helsinki, Finland) was a Finnish singer, composer and lyricist. His most famous songs include "Fiilaten ja höyläten", "Paratiisi", "Bensaa suonissa", "Ikkunaprinsessa", "Tähdet, tähdet" and "Laivat".

Rauli Badding Somerjoki joined the band "The Five Yes" in 1963, in the beginning he played drums, but soon became the lead singer. The first record he appeared, M.A. Numminen's "Taisteluni" was recorded in 1966, Somerjoki performed the song "Laki epäsiveellisten julkaisujen levittämisen ehkäisemisestä".

In 1969 the band and performance group Suomen Talvisota 1939-1940 was founded. It was disbanded in 1970 after which Somerjoki concentrated on his solo career.

In 1970 his first single "Mun sormuksein" was released. The record didn't sell well, but it was played in the radio quite a lot. Next year his first album came out "Synnyin rokkaamaan". In 1973 he recorded the song "Ja rokki soi" (written by Matti Ja Teppo), which was a surprising success, and it lead to the rerelease of the first album, which sold this time a lot better. The same year, in April, also came out the single "Fiilaten ja höyläten", which was a huge success and didn't leave the charts until in December.

In 1974 the next album "Näin käy Rock & Roll" was released, the album contains one of his most known songs "Paratiisi" (lyrics by Somerjoki, music by Arja Tiainen). In 1975 he released a 'softer' album "Sydän lämpöä täys" which didn't sell well, and until early 1980's, Somerjoki didn't record anything.

In the beginning his backing band was "Oy Niittisydän Ab". After that he had a group with his brother Kari Somerjoki. After "Fiilaten ja höyläten" the audience wanted more rock, and the new band was called first "St. Devils", but soon it changed its name to "Money". They were followed by Pasi Ja Pekka and Viikingit, but the cooperation ended due to Somerjoki's difficult behavior and alcohol abuse.

In 1981 Somerjoki had a new a backing band, Agents (2), and in 1982 they released "Ikkunaprinsessa" and in 1983 "Tähdet, tähdet". In 1982 Agents had hired Pekka Tammilehto to make sure the gigs were done. Somerjoki's career was going down despite the efforts. In 1985 though, the album "Laivat" was released, and it was welcomed by both the audience and the critics. In 1985 the cooperation with Agents was done, and Somerjoki started to work on a new album, but this album was never finished.

Somerjoki's last gig was on December 28, 1986. He died on January 14, 1987 in Helsinki, Finland, due to simultaneous alcohol poisoning, heart attack and pneumonia. He was 39 years old.

Pseudonyms: V. Esine, G.A. Johanssonin Perikunta, Mauri Mannakorpi, Teppo Räme
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Albums

Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Synnyin Rokkaamaan album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Synnyin Rokkaamaan (Album) Love Records (4) Finland 1970 Sell This Version
Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Näin Käy Rock & Roll album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Näin Käy Rock & Roll (Album) Love Records (4) Finland 1974 Sell This Version
Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Sydän Lämpöä Täys album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Sydän Lämpöä Täys (Album) Love Records (4) Finland 1975 Sell This Version
Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Rakkaudella - Raulilta album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Rakkaudella - Raulilta (Album) Sound Cat Finland 1982 Sell This Version
Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Ikkunaprinsessa album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Ikkunaprinsessa (Album) Johanna Finland 1982 Sell This Version
Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Tähdet, Tähdet album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Tähdet, Tähdet (Album) Johanna Finland 1983 Sell This Version
Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Laivat album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Laivat (Album) AAB Finland 1985 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Bensaa Suonissa / Moottoreiden Sinfonia album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Bensaa Suonissa / Moottoreiden Sinfonia (Single) Love Records (4) Finland 1970 Sell This Version
Rauli Badding Somerjoki Sulamith (Single) Love Records (4) Finland 1970 Sell This Version
LRS 1060 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Tällainen Hupsu album art Rauli 'Badding' Somerjoki* Tällainen Hupsu(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 1060 Finland 1970 Sell This Version
LREP 114 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Pynnisen Perintö album art M.A. Numminen - Rauli 'Badding' Somerjoki* - Kaija Kiiski M.A. Numminen - Rauli 'Badding' Somerjoki* - Kaija Kiiski - Pynnisen Perintö(7", EP) Love Records (4) LREP 114 Finland 1971 Sell This Version
LRS 1073 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Iso Lemmen Pala / Enkelinkasvot album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Iso Lemmen Pala / Enkelinkasvot(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 1073 Finland 1971 Sell This Version
LRS 1096 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Josafatin Jenkka / Yhdyskuntasuunnittelua album art M.A. Numminen / Rauli Badding Somerjoki M.A. Numminen / Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Josafatin Jenkka / Yhdyskuntasuunnittelua(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 1096 Finland 1972 Sell This Version
LRS 2023 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Nuori Rakkaus / Ja Rokki Soi album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Nuori Rakkaus / Ja Rokki Soi(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2023 Finland 1973 Sell This Version
LRS 2005 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Fiilaten Ja Höyläten / Mikset Nuku, Sisko Pieni album art Rauli 'Badding' Somerjoki* Ja Seppo Hovi Beat Group Rauli 'Badding' Somerjoki* Ja Seppo Hovi Beat Group - Fiilaten Ja Höyläten / Mikset Nuku, Sisko Pieni(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2005 Finland 1973 Sell This Version
LRS 2046 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Näin Käy Rock & Roll / Antaudu, Rakkain! album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Näin Käy Rock & Roll / Antaudu, Rakkain!(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2046 Finland 1974 Sell This Version
LRS 2055 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Mä Jäin Kii / Paratiisi album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Mä Jäin Kii / Paratiisi(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2055 Finland 1974 Sell This Version
LRS 2099 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Aamuöiseen Sateeseen / Öitten Neidot album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Aamuöiseen Sateeseen / Öitten Neidot(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2099 Finland 1975 Sell This Version
LRS 2079 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Feel Love album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Feel Love(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2079 Finland 1975 Sell This Version
LRS 2066 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Goodbye Miss Rock´N Roll album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Goodbye Miss Rock´N Roll(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2066 Finland 1975 Sell This Version
LRS 2129 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Hei Pieni Joko Mennään / Suukko Vain album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Hei Pieni Joko Mennään / Suukko Vain(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2129 Finland 1976 Sell This Version
LRS 2147 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Saanhan Viimeisen Tanssin / Kaita Polku album art Badding* Saanhan Viimeisen Tanssin / Kaita Polku(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2147 Finland 1977 Sell This Version
LRS 2171 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Rakkauden Myrkky Kaikki Surut Tappaa / Tammerkoski album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Rakkauden Myrkky Kaikki Surut Tappaa / Tammerkoski(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2171 Finland 1977 Sell This Version
LRS 2213 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Sininen Metsä album art Rauli Somerjoki* Sininen Metsä(7", Single) Love Records (4) LRS 2213 Finland 1978 Sell This Version
9C 006-38347 Rauli Badding Somerjoki - Kumppani Armain album art Rauli Badding Somerjoki Kumppani Armain(7", Single) EMI 9C 006-38347 Finland 1979 Sell This Version