EXPORT RELEASES OF THE FINNISH 'LETKISS'
RECORDINGS 1962-1965

If our rock artists couldn't get their big international break, luckily there was even one song (or actually dance), that really made a scene around the world. "Letkajenka", also known as "Letkiss" was undoubtedly the most important Finnish export product.

"Letkiss" was a genuine Finnish linedance-craze of the early sixties, basing on an old traditional folk-dance. It was composed by one of the most well-known Finnish orchestra leaders Rauno Lehtinen, and recorded originally by Ronnie Kranck's Orchestra in 1963. The famous Letkiss dance steps were adapted from 'madison', 'conga' and 'bunny hop' that had been done in Dick Clark's American Bandstand a couple of years earlier. The song itself has been recorded at least in 92 countries, including for instance Brazil, USA, England, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and France.


  


RONNIE KRANCK
VICTOR SS-1575 - RONNIE KRANCKIN ORKESTERI: Letkis / RAUNO LEHTISEN ORKESTERI: Sekaletka  (1965 Japan)


ESKO JAAKKO
VOGUE EPL 8306 - ESKO JAAKKO: LE LETKAJENKA (EP)
Finnjenka (Amalia) / Let's Kiss (Letkaus) / The Merry Singer (Ilojen Laulaja) / Finnbeat (Jaakon Jenkka)  (1965 France)


PENTTI LASANEN & JAAKKO SALO
PHILIPS 319852 BF - JAAKKO LASANEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA:
Letkiss / Jackajenka (1964 Belgium/Holland)

PHILIPS MÉDIUM 545.310 BE - JAAKKO LASANEN ET SON ORCHESTRE:
LETKISS (EP) (1964 France)
Letkiss / Jackajenka / Quadrillenka / Jenka-Jug

LITRATONE LIT 74000 - JAAKKO LASANEN ET SON ORCHESTRE:
LETKISS (EP) (1964 Israel)
Letkiss / Jackajenka / Quadrillenka / Jenka-Jug

PHILIPS 812614 - VARIOUS ARTISTS:
SUCCÈS DES ANNÉES 60/70 (LP) (197? France)
JAAKKO LASANEN ET SON ORCHESTRE: Letkiss


RAUNO LEHTINEN
RCA 47-9446 - THE VOSTOK ALL-STARS:
Lalaika / My Heart Belongs To Daddy  (1962/3 West Germany)

RCA 47-9482 - THE VOSTOK ALL-STARS:
Chrysanthemum / Mit Humor, Mit Humor  (1963 West Germany)

TELEFUNKEN U 55 833 - THE ORIGINAL FINNISH LETKIS-BAND:
Letkis No. 2 / Letkis-Party  (1963 West Germany)

RCA 47-9608 - THE FINNISH JENKA ALL-STARS:
Letkis / Sekaletka  (1964 West Germany)

RCA 47-9627 - RAUNO LEHTINEN & HIS ORCHESTRA:
Letkiss Cha-Cha / Blue Day  (1965 West Germany)

REPRISE 0359 - THE FINNISH JENKA ALL-STARS:
Letkis / Sekaletka  (1964 USA)

RCA EP 3-20864 - RAUNO LEHTINEN Y SU ORQUESTA:
YENKA LETKIS  (EP) (1964 Spain)
Sekaletka / Kanttorin Jenkka / Letkis / Amado Mio

RCA EP 86.415 - VARIOUS ARTISTS:
LETKIS  (EP) (1964 France)
Ronnie Kranckin Orkesteri: Letkis / Rauno Lehtisen Ork.: Sekaletka /
Rauno Lehtisen Ork.: Kanttorin Jenkka / Sten & Stanley: Juna-Jenkka

BARCLAY 72650 - THE FINNISH LETKISS ALL-STARS:
THE FINNISH LETKISS ALL-STARS  (EP) (1965 France)
Letkiss No. 2 / Farmer-Jenka / Jenka-Party / Hello Grand-Father

TELEFUNKEN SLE 14 370-P - THE FINNISH LETKISS ALL-STARS:
LETKISS - MADE IN FINLAND  (LP) (1964 West Germany)
Letkiss / Letkiss For Two / Hello Grandfather / Suku-Letka / Blue Letkiss / Por-Boy Letkiss / 1920 / Ekin Letka / Export Letkiss / Letkiss Party / Koski-Letka / Express-Letkiss

RCA VICTOR CANADA INTERNATIONAL PC 1027 - RAUNO LEHTINEN:
LETKISS  (LP) (196? Canada)

Rauno Lehtinen's records were also released in South America.


ERIK LINDSTRÖM
CBS 1709 - ERIK LINDSTRÖM UND SEIN ORCHESTER:
Lapponia-Letkiss / Polar-Letkiss  (1964 West Germany)

FESTIVAL FY 2417 - VARIOUS ARTISTS:
4 LETKISS-JENKA FINLANDAIS  (EP) (1964 France)
Erik Lindström Band: Lapponia Letkiss / Polar Letkiss / Polar Letkiss Jenka Band (Swedish band, both songs written by E. Lindström & A. Fuhrmann): Karelia Jenka / Helsinki Letkiss

LONDON INTERNATIONAL SW 99380/TW 91380 - KING ERIK & HIS ROYAL LETKISS STOMPERS: LETKISS - NEW DANCE CRAZE DIRECT FROM EUROPE (RECORDED IN SWEDEN)  (LP) (1965 USA)
Letkiss-Jenka / Farmer Jenka / Cuckoo Letkiss / The In Crowd Jenka / Elephant Letkiss / Let's Kiss, Kiss, Kiss / Letkiss Number 2 / Smoergasbord Jenka / Clap-Clap-Clap Jenka / Let's Letkiss Tonight / Polar Bear Letkiss / At The Jenka Show
(Note: Although the musicians are not credited, it's presumed that Erik Lindström's Orchestra might be behind this album; most of the tracks are listed as written by Lehtinen or Wall, except 'The In Crowd Jenka' by Rossner and 'At The Jenka Show' by Malmsten; A Polar Music Production)

LONDON INTERNATIONAL ? - KING ERIK & HIS ROYAL LETKISS STOMPERS: LETKISS JENKA - THE JENKA, VOLUME 2  (LP) (1965? USA)


ESKO LINNAVALLI & JAAKKO SALO
AUDIO FIDELITY AFSD 6140 - THE ORIGINAL FINNISH LETKISS-
JENKA DANCE BAND: LET'S LETKISS  (LP) (1965 USA)
The Letkiss / Goodbye Letter / Old House Jenka / Letkiss On The Market / Slow Boat Jenka / Penniless Dreamer / Let's Letkiss / Five Chicks / Lumberjack-Jenka / Jenka On The Thousand Lakes / Timber-Jenka / Reindeer-Jenka

EMBER EMB 3363 - THE ORIGINAL FINNISH LETKISS-JENKA DANCE BAND:
LET'S LETKISS  (LP) (1965 UK)
The Letkiss / Goodbye Letter / Old House Jenka / Letkiss On The Market / Slow Boat Jenka / Penniless Dreamer / Let's Letkiss / Five Chicks / Lumberjack-Jenka / Jenka On The Thousand Lakes / Timber-Jenka / Reindeer-Jenka

VOGUE LVDS 17 037 - VARIOUS ARTISTS:
LET'S LETKISS  (LP) (1965 West Germany)
Jaakko Salo Orchestra: Goodbye Letter / Letkiss On The Market / The Merry Singer / Five Chicks / Lumberjack-Jenka / Jenka On The Thousand Lakes / Esko Linnavalli Orchestra: Old House Jenka / Slowboat-Jenka / Penniless Dreamer / Let's Letkiss / Timber-Jenka / Reindeer-Jenka

MODE MDINT 9308 - ESKO JAAKKO ET SON ORCHESTRE:
LE LETKISS  (LP) (1965 France)
The Merry Singer / Finnbeat / Letkis On The Market / Coinjenka / Five Chicks / Goodbye-Letter / Finnjenka / Let's Kiss / Penniless Dreamer / Let's Letkis / Slowboat Jenka / Old House Jenka

DURIUM D.30-121 - THE ORIGINAL FINNISH LETKISS-JENKA BAND:
BALLIAMO IL LETKIS  (LP) (1965 Italy)
Goodbye-Letter / The Merry Singer / Finnbeat / Letkis On The Market / Five Chicks / Coinjenka / Old House Jenka / Penniless Dreamer / Let's Kiss / Let's Letkiss / Finnjenka / Slowboat

ELITE SPECIAL F 4024 - JAAKKO SALO ORCH. (a) / ESKO LINNAVALLI ORCH. (b):
Jaakon Jenkka / Amalia  (1964 Switzerland)

DOT 45-16 709 - JAAKKO SALO ORCH. (a) / ESKO LINNAVALLI ORCH. (b):
The Original Finnjenka / Amalia  (1964/5 USA)

SONET SXP 6072 - VARIOUS ARTISTS:
FINNJENKA  (EP) (1965 Sweden)
Esko Linnavallin Orkester: Finnjenka / Let's Letkiss / Jaakko Salon Orkester: Finnbeat / Coinjenka

VOGUE EPL 8306 - JAAKKO SALO ORCH. (a) / ESKO LINNAVALLI ORCH. (b):
JAAKKO SALO ORCH./ESKO LINNAVALLI ORCH.  (EP) (1965 West Germany)
Jaakko Salo Orch.: The Merry Singer / Finnbeat / Esko Linnavalli Orch.: Finnjenka / Let's Letkiss


THE ADVENTURERS/THE WILD ONES
(Swedish group, that recorded the following songs in Finland)
ARIOLA 10 660 AT - THE ADVENTURERS
Doin' The Jenka / Love Potion No.9  (196? West Germany)

METRONOME M-447 - THE WILD ONES:
Letkajenkka / Cuckoo Jenka  (1963 West Germany)

SONET T 7601 - THE WILD ONES:
Letkajenkka / Cuckoo Jenka  (1963 Sweden)

JOLLY J 20299X45 - THE WILD ONES:
The Cuckoo Jenka / Letkajenka  (196? Italy)


JAN ROHDE & THE ADVENTURERS/THE WILD ONES
(Norwegian singer with Swedish group, that recorded the following songs in Finland)
SONET SXP 4051 - JAN ROHDE & THE ADVENTURERS
JAN ROHDE & THE ADVENTURERS  (EP) (1964 rel. only in Finland, but with the Swedish numbering)
Doin' The Jenka / Hound Dog / At The Jenka Show / Tutti Frutti

SONET SXP 4060 - JAN ROHDE & THE WILD ONES:
JAN ROHDE & THE WILD ONES  (EP) (1964 Sweden)
Everyday / The Mercy / Money / Love Potion No.9

SONET SXP 4064 - JAN ROHDE & THE WILD ONES:
4 X JENKA  (EP) (1964 Sweden)
At The Jenka Show / Cuckoo Jenka / Letkajenkka / Doin' The Jenka

DISCOPHON EP 27 402 - JAN ROHDE & THE WILD ONES:
4 X JENKA  (EP) (1964 Spain)
At The Jenka Show / Cuckoo Jenka / Letkajenkka / Doin' The Jenka

EMI/HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7 EGF 780 - JAN ROHDE & THE WILD ONES:
LETKISS = JENKA  (EP) (1965 France)
Letka Jenka / At The Jenka Show / Doin' The Jenka / The Cuckoo Jenka


OLLE WIBERG
HMV POP 1482 - OLLE WIBERG:
The White Hills Of Finland / Unforgettable Jenka  (1965 UK)
(probably released only as "Demonstration Records"-test pressing with all-white label)


THE CRAZY FINNS
RCA/DISCOPHON OY (no number) - THE CRAZY FINNS:
Letkiss / Farmer Letkiss  (1965, Finnish promotional copy for export use)


                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Kai Sorokin

Published sources: Suomalaisten äänilevyjen Luettelo - Vinyylilevyt 1953-1969 (Arto Kylänpää, 1994)

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