Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jyrki Hämäläinen (1942 - 2008)

Jyrki Hämäläinen interview (1997)

Finnish music journalist Jyrki "Jyräys" Hämäläinen has died. Hämäläinen (27 July 1942 - 18 March 2008) was best known as the chief editor of pop music magazine Suosikki ("Favourite") from 1968 to 2003. He also wrote several music books, including artist biographies for such as Ilkka "Danny" Lipsanen and Olavi Virta, also a biography of magazine mogul Urpo Lahtinen. Hämäläinen was known for his flamboyant and flashy writing style, also as one of the primus motors of the celebrity club Dean Martin Boozing Society.

  • Jyrki Hämäläinen @ Finnish Wikipedia
  • Jyrki Hämäläinen videoclips @ YLE Elävä Arkisto
  • Jyrki Hämäläinen epitaph by Danny (in Finnish)

    dino martin peters said...

    hey pallie phinn, thanks for the post...never heard of... "the celebrity club Dean Martin Boozing Society." Would loves to know more 'bout it. RIP Jyrki Hamalainen...

    pHinn said...

    There is not much Net info available about Dean Martin Boozing Society, but it was a series of club nights for Finnish celebrities that Hämäläinen started in the 1970s, giving out "Entertainer of the Year" awards and such. (I don't know if Dean Martin himself was aware of the club's existence, though that's possible with the extensive contacts Hämäläinen had around the world.) The last DMBS night will take place in April after Jyrki Hämäläinen's funeral.

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