Greetings from Finland
Scotty and DJ in 1999

Scotty with Agents & Jorma Kääriäinen rehearsing at Laulava sydän in Finland - Nov. 17, 1999
Photo © Hannu Ignatius

Earlier this year I was contacted by the president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Finland.  He had arranged for Scotty and DJ to visit several times, first in 1998 for an "Elvis Weekend" in the small town of  Pieksämäki in Eastern Finland, and then again the following year to perform on a TV special called "Singing Heart" with a locally popular band called Agents.  Their fan club turned 30 years old this last February and he was hoping to get Scotty to send greetings to the club as he did 10 years ago.  He told me about their appearances there which preceded the website and offered some details and pictures.  Last week he sent them and we want to share them with you now:

Hi Jim,

It was about six months ago when we were sending e-mails back and forth. Now, when I have my summer vacation, I have had time to go through some old photos which I referred to in my e-mails. Also, I found three different photos which are by me that I took when Scotty and DJ were rehearsing with the Agents for the tv special.

Scotty with Agents & Jorma Kääriäinen rehearsing at Laulava sydän in Finland - Nov. 17, 1999
Photo © Hannu Ignatius

The musicians (together with Gail and Dan Griffin) arrived in Finland on Wednesday November 17th and had rehearsals with the band in the evening at the TV studios of the Finnish Broadcasting Company, FBC (YLE TV2 in Finnish). I took the photos then because photographing wasn't allowed during the taping of the show which took place on Thursday the 18th in 1999.

Left to right at Laulava sydän in Finland: J-P Virtanen (keyboard), Kai Pulliainen (bass), Vesa Anttila (guitar), Jorma Kääriäinen (singer, guitar), Scotty and D.J. 
Front row (from left): Heikki Sandren (drums, percussions), Esa Pulliainen (band leader, guitar) and Hannu Ignatius (president of The OEPFC of Finland) - Nov. 17, 1999
Photo © Hannu Ignatius

They recorded and filmed at least the following songs:

- Baby, Let's Play House
- That's All Right Mama
- Blue Moon of Kentucky
- Blue Moon
- Mystery Train
- Don't Be Cruel
- Blue Suede Shoes
- Devil in Disguise
- Hound Dog
- Heartbreak Hotel

The TV show and the cd came out in 2001.

Scotty and DJ with Agents & Jorma Kääriäinen at Laulava sydän - Nov. 18, 1999

Kind regards,

Hannu Ignatius
July 18, 2015

. . .

To clarify, I should add:  Mr. Jarmo Raitio arranged the Elvis Weekend in Pieksämäki where he wanted Scotty and D.J. to come to play. Our fan club arranged our annual summer meeting during the same weekend because it was quite a big happening and I as a fan club president didn't want our members to miss the opportunity to see the legends in concert.

Jarmo Raitio, who didn't speak any English back then asked me to contact Scotty and DJ because I had met them both in Memphis in 1992 and in the Swedish fan club meeting in 1993. So, I had the needed connection. Mr. Raitio arranged the flights in summer '98 and paid the fees.

As for the tv show "Singing Heart", I was contacted by producer Timo Suomi in the summer of '99 and told it was the whole band's idea and wish to check if it was possible to get Scotty & DJ to appear in their tv show as special guests. Mr. Raito was not involved. Additionally, I was the only person who was allowed to be there during the rehearsals and taping of the tv show (outside the band, tv crew, Gail & Dan Griffin).

Hannu Ignatius
July 22, 2015

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