Compilation album "Beautiful Rough – Best Of Rock-Ola" covers the whole career of Ola, who is royalty in the book of his many admirers, but he has never needed the title King of Rock 'n' Roll. He has allowed his music to speak for itself and left rivalry to those who were not going to get there on their own. As for many others, Rock-Ola's first idol was the Rock and Roll King of Kings, Elvis Presley. It's impossible not to detect his influence on Rock-Ola's singing.
Ola started his musical career as a drummer, which is still detectable in the insightful rhythmic realization of his singing. He had already obtained nationwide repute in the lineup of the popular Johnny and The New Dodgers, but when he was invited to join Lonestars, he started to gain attention also as a vocalist. The Lonestars was feted as a Finnish rockabilly super group with three equal vocalists in Teddy Guitar, Buck Jones and Rock-Ola.
The solo career of Rock-Ola was soon gaining international momentum. He played with various Swedish backup bands almost every weekend, but better things were yet to come. In 1981 he recorded his first solo single with The Blue Cats, a solidly popular British rockabilly band. In 1990 Ola claimed new territory by joining The Charades – which had been an instrumental group until then – as a vocalist. The Charades played melodic rock rather than traditional rock 'n' roll, and this made an enduring impact on Ola's future performance. When Ola managed to bring together his current band Rock-Ola & The Freewheelers, it promptly joined the frontline of Finnish rock 'n' roll. Recordings and live shows of the band are powerful proof of the strong gig credentials of the band.