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|Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki|
Rauli Somerjoki in 1984
|Birth name||Rauli Aarre Tapani Somerjoki|
|Also known as||Badding|
30 August 1947|
|Died||14 January 1987
|Genres||Finnish rock, Schlager, rock and roll|
|Labels||Love Records, Johanna Kustannus, Minimusic, Dojo AAB-Tuotanto|
|Associated acts||M. A. Numminen, Suomen Talvisota 1939–1940, Agents|
Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki (born as Rauli Aarre Tapani Somerjoki) (30 August 1947, Somero - 14 January 1987, Helsinki) was a Finnish rock singer. His records were published on such labels as Love Records. His nickname Badding is derived from Paddington Bear.
Badding's most famous songs include "Fiilaten ja höyläten" (originally Reelin' and Rockin' by Chuck Berry), "Paratiisi" ('Paradise', a song composed by Somerjoki himself and the lyrics written together with Arja Tiainen), "Bensaa suonissa" ('Gasoline in veins', composed by Somerjoki himself, the lyrics written by Jarkko Laine), "Ikkunaprinsessa" ('Window princess', originally Glendora), "Tähdet, tähdet" ('Stars, Stars', a song made by Somerjoki himself) and "Laivat" ('Ships', 'Parakhody', originally a russian popular song).
Badding was born in Somero into a family of five children. He founded his first band, The Five Yes in 1963 and also worked in the group Suomen Talvisota 1939-1940. Together with M. A. Numminen, he caused some scandal with provocative songs like "Mitä nuoren aviomiehen tulee muistaa" and "Jenkka ulkosynnyttimistä".
Badding started his solo career in 1970. He competed in the Syksyn sävel song contest with "Ja rokki soi" written by Matti ja Teppo.
During his later career, Somerjoki worked with Agents. His last gig took place in Seinäjoki on 28 December 1986. During the fall, he had suffered many bouts of bronchitis, and in January 1987 he died in Helsinki of alcohol-related ailments. He was only 39 years of age.
Aki Kaurismäki has used Somerjoki's music in his films and published a biography of Somerjoki titled Badding: Rauli Somerjoen elämä ja laulut (1996) written by Heikki Metsämäki and Juha Miettinen. Somerjoki also appeared in the film The Worthless (Finnish: Arvottomat) by Mika Kaurismäki in 1982.
- Synnyin rokkaamaan (1971)
- Näin käy rock & roll (1974)
- Sydän lämpöä täys (1975)
- Rakkaudella – Raulilta (1982) / Sävel rakkauden (1986) / Bussi Somerolle (2001)
- Ikkunaprinsessa (1982)
- Tähdet, tähdet (1983)
- Laivat (1985)
Several compilation albums and a tribute album have been also released.
- Tony Latva and Petri Tuunainen, Iskelmän tähtitaivas, WSOY 2004, ISBN 951-0-27817-3 (Finnish)
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