The jenka dance music


Gudrun Jankis – Let Kiss (1965):

Accordind to wikipedia: “Letkajenkka, anglicized to letkis, is a Finnish dance that was invented in the early 1960’s on the basis of the folk dance schottische (in Finnish jenkka).The dance became a short-lived international craze with the release of the tune by Roberto Delgado in 1965.”
A performance of this dance can be seen in the movie Cry-Baby (1990) with Johnny Depp.
In 1965, four instrumental versions of the tune reached number one in the Netherlands simultaneously. These were by Stig Rauno, Gudrun Jankis, an unknown group called The Wild Ones and the Dutch Swing College Band. All four versions had the English title, Letkiss rather than the original Finnish title.

Kalmer Tennosaar – Jenka:

Kalmer Tennosaar (1928–2004) was a famous musician and journalist from Estonia.

Roberto Delgado – Letkiss:

Horst Wende (5 November 1919 — 23 January 1996) was a German bandleader, arranger and composer. He made easy-listening records under his own name as well as under the name Roberto Delgado. He was part of the wave of German-based easy listening artists who were popular in the 1960s and 1970s, along with Bert Kaempfert and James Last. He served in the German army during World War II, but was captured by the British. During his captivity in a Danish POW camp, he met a guitarist named Ladi Geisler, with whom he soon formed a small combo. After the war, he led various combos (which usually included Geisler)in The Salambo Night Club from René Durand & The Tarantella Night Club near the famous Reeperbahn. Horst also played with British Service musicians and Big Bands like Edmundo Ros. Settling in Hamburg, he became part of the burgeoning music scene in the port city. Signed to the Polydor label in the 1950s, he made accordion and dance band music under his own name. He also began to make Latin music recordings under the pseudonym of Roberto Delgado & Mister Pepper.

Alice & Ellen Kessler – Lasciati baciare col letkiss:

Alice and Ellen Kessler (born August 20, 1936 in Nerchau, Germany) are twins popular in Europe, especially Germany and Italy, from the 1950s and 1960s and until today for their singing, dancing and acting. They are usually credited as the Kessler Twins (Die Kessler-Zwillinge in Germany and Le Gemelle Kessler in Italy), and remain popular today.


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