His mellow, sentimental recordings are still somewhat popular. His version of the Johnny Cash mainstay I Walk the Line given the title Yölinjalla (and transformed into a song about a long haul truck-driver) is one of the most frequently played recordings played on the radio on nights. Another perennial favorite is his recording of the Reino Helismaa's song Päivänsäde ja Menninkäinen (about a sprite of daylight and a nocturnal troll, and their doomed romance).
Rautavaara acted in numerous Finnish films, and was also supposedly a candidate for the part of Tarzan after Johnny Weissmuller quit his career.
His memorial is located in the centre of Helsinki's Oulunkylä district, where Rautavaara spent most of his life.
Tapio Rautavaara Facts
|Occupation||Actor, Athlete, Musician|
|Birthday||March 8, 1915|
|Date of death||September 25, 1979 (age 64)|
|Kulkuri ja Joutsen (1999) as Tapio Raautavaara (biography)|