Jyrki 69

Jyrki 69
Background information
Birth name Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi
Born (1968-10-15) October 15, 1968,
Helsinki, Finland
Genres Gothic rock, Glam rock, Rock and roll, Hard rock, Glam metal (early)
Occupation(s) Musician, vocalist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1989present
Labels Virgin Records
The End Records (United States)
Associated acts The 69 Eyes, The 69 Cats, Andy McCoy, Ville Valo, Bam Margera, Maryslim

The 69 Eyes Official website

The 69 Cats Official website

Jyrki 69 (born Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi on October 15, 1968), is the lead vocalist for Finnish rock band The 69 Eyes. In their early years, the band's sound was more closer to glam metal, but since the album Blessed Be they have shifted into gothic rock.[1] The 69 Eyes prefer to label their sound as goth'n'roll.[1]

Jyrki's low and operatic vocal tone is reminiscent of fellow musician Peter Steele of the gothic metal band Type O Negative and has been heavily influenced by Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Glenn Danzig. He's written most of the lyrics of their songs.[1]

Other activities

He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Finland and also has a M.Sc. degree in Analytical Chemistry.[2]

In 2005 and 2006 he spent time in Kenya as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and in November was honoured with a TOYP award by Junior Chamber International (JCI) in Seoul, South Korea.[3]

In October 2013, Jyrki joined forces with Danny B. Harvey and Chopper Franklin to form the rockabilly group The 69 Cats. The group released their debut album Transylvania Tapes on August 5, 2014.


Recording history


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