Monica Aspelund

Monica Aspelund

Monica Aspelund (born in Vaasa, July 16, 1946) is a Finnish singer.


Life/ career

Born into a family of Swedish speaking Finlanders, Aspelund danced and sang in talent shows from an early age making her recording debut at age fourteen with "Katso, kenguru loikkaa" a children's song recorded in the autumn of 1960. Aspelund's subsequent singles included Finnish language covers of international hits such as "Tahdon kaikki kirjeet takaisin" ("I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door" - Eddie Hodges/ 1961), Lady Sunshine ja Mister Moon" ("Lady Sunshine und Mister Moon" - Conny Froboess/ 1962) and "En Ilman Häntä Olla" ("I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" - Petula Clark/ 1966). As a young woman Aspelund worked as a commercial artist not embarking on a fulltime singing career until 1973 when her recordings included a Finnish cover of the Ireen Sheer hit "Goodbye Mama". Also in 1973 Asplelund spent time in Sweden as a member of the group Family Four. In 1974 Aspelund had her first album release: Valkoiset laivat – Sininen meri a specialty recording commissioned by the Silja Line comprising performances of nautical themed songs by Aspelund and Kai Lind.

Aspelund had been collaborating with Aarno Raninen from 1970 and in 1975 Aspelund had her first mainstream album release with Monica & Aaron Raninen Orkesteri which included "Fasten Seatbelts", Aspelund's first entrant in the Finnish national preliminary of the Eurovision Song Contest. After again competing in the Finnish national preliminary for Eurovision in 1976 with "Joiku", Aspelund won the Finnish national preliminary for Eurovision in 1977 with "Lapponia" which at the Eurovision 1977 final held May 7 1977 placed tenth in a field of eighteen. The song's moderate Eurovision placing did not preclude its release in twenty European countries and also in Australia, Brazil, Israel and Turkey via the recordings Aspelund made of "Lapponia" in Dutch, English, French, German and Swedish as well as Finnish. "Lapponia" afforded Aspelund a #5 hit in Finland and also reached #20 in Sweden. Aspelund again competed in the Finnish national preliminary for Eurovision in 1978 with "Kultaa hopeaa" also competing with the same number in the Intervision Song Contest and also the Menschen Und Meer Song Festival taking first place in the last-named.

Circa 1980 Aspelund, who had just been divorced, relocated with her two year old son to Lake Worth, Florida: she performed locally and on Caribbean cruise ships making periodic visits to Finland and Sweden notably in 1986 when she headlined in the stage musical Cats in Helsenki. It was reported in 2010 that Aspelund had recently returned to Finland on a permanent basis.[1][2]



  • Valkoiset laivat – Sininen meri (Silja Line 1974, Kai Lind
  • Monica ja Aarno Ranisen orkesteri (RCA, 1975)
  • Credo – minä uskon (RCA 1975, Ami Aspelund
  • Lapponia (RCA, 1977)
  • En karneval (RCA, 1978)
  • Laulut ne elämää on (RCA, 1979)
  • Valentino's Day (Swe Disc, 1979)


  • Katso kenguru loikkaa / Kaupungilla juorutaan (1960)
  • En tiedä / Nostakaa ankkurit (1960)
  • Se on hän / Jodel boogie (1961)
  • Tahdon kaikki kirjeet takaisin / Kanssas onneen taas mä astelen (1961)
  • Hallo hallo hallo / Tina ja Marina (1962)
  • Lady sunshine and mr. moon / Tyttö ja raudikko (1962)
  • Rinnakkain / Lauantaina kalastamaan (1963)
  • Aaveet suolla / En pikkusisko olekaan (1963)
  • Esko kaapissa / Kolmas pyörä (1964)
  • Sua ilman ei lauluni soi / Porojen jenkka (1964)
  • En enää usko rakkauteen / Taikakeinu (1965)
  • En ilman häntä olla voi / Espanjalainen kirppu (1966)
  • Kortin saat sä jostakin / Vain rakkaus sen aikaan saa (1973)
  • Hasta manana / Honey honey (1974)
  • Joiku / Maailmantäysi aikaa (1976)
  • Lapponia / La la laula laulu (1977)
  • Lapponia / La la sjung en sång (1977)
  • Lapponia / La la sing a song (1977)
  • Laponie / Chante avec moi (1977)
  • Lapponia / So bist du (1977)
  • That is the name of the game / Valentino's day (1978)
  • Beating booming / Valentino's day (1978)
  • Golden Christmas / Tule joulu kultainen (1979)
  • Par avion / Sulan syliisi (1980)


Preceded by
with Pump-Pump
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Seija Simola
with Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus

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