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Biography

  • Born

    19 February 1950

  • Born In

    Juankoski, Pohjois-Savo, Finland

  • Died

    24 November 2006 (aged 56)

Pauli Matti Juhani Leskinen (February 19, 1950 Juankoski, Finland - November 24, 2006 Tampere, Finland), better known only as Juice Leskinen, was one of the most prominent Finnish singer-songwriters of the late 20th century. Since the early 1970s, he released nearly 30 full-length albums, as well as wrote lyrics for dozens of Finnish artists. Several of Leskinen's songs have reached classic status in Finnish popular music, e.g. "Viidestoista yö", "Kaksoiselämää" and "Syksyn sävel". His early records are considered staples of the so-called Manserock movement of the mid '70s. In addition to Leskinen's musical work, he extended his focus on poetry and playwriting with nine collections of verse and seven plays published.

In early 70's Leskinen collaborated with Mikko Alatalo, who later started to make easy listening music, rather than Finnish Rock, which became Leskinen's own territory. In 2004, after Alatalo's becoming an MP in 2003, Leskinen and Alatalo reunited for the album "Senaattori ja Boheemi" (The Senator and The Bohemian).

He qualified 38th in the poll of the 100 Greatest Finns held during the summer of 2004.
Leskinen passed away on the 24th of November 2006.

Suomeksi:

Juhani Juice Leskinen (aiemmin Pauli Matti Juhani "Juice" Leskinen, 19. helmikuuta 1950 Juankoski – 24. marraskuuta 2006 Tampere) oli suomalainen muusikko, lauluntekijä, säveltäjä, runoilija, kirjailija, yhteiskuntakriitikko, pakinoitsija, kääntäjä, kolumnisti ja toimittaja. Leskisen tekemiä tunnetuimpia musiikkikappaleita ovat muiden muassa Marilyn, Jyrki Hämäläiseen liitetty Jyrki boy, Syksyn sävel, Viidestoista yö, Musta aurinko nousee ja joululaulu Sika. Leskinen levytti kaikkiaan 28 musiikkialbumia, joista 16 saavutti myynnillään kultalevyn ja kaksi platinalevyn rajan. Teoston tietokannassa on tiedot 866:sta hänen nimiinsä merkitystä sävellyksestä, sanoituksesta tai sovituksesta.[

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