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Five Great Beat Bands From 60s Sweden


Considering the size of Sweden, there was a surprisingly large number of strong beat groups in the 60s: Beachers, Beathovens, Beatmen, Shakers, Shakemakers, Shamrocks and many more. There were only eight million Swedes then, and half of them must have owned a guitar. Among the more notable names were Tages and Hep Stars, the group that gave us Benny Andersson from ABBA. Both of these bands had UK releases, but given the level of competition, it should come as no surprise that they went unnoticed at the time.


Let's remember the creativity of the five beat teams from this northern country.

1. Tages




In August 64th, Tages signed up for the West Coast Beatles competition, which required it to sound and look as similar as possible to The Beatles. The prize was a free recording. Tages consisted of five members, but just sent the vocalist to London for two weeks to improve his English and performed as a quartet. They won the competition with 600 votes from an audience of 1,300 viewers.

In the fall of 1964, they recorded their own single, Sleep Little Girl, which immediately became a hit.

Between 65 and 67, the band released five landmark albums for Swedish popular music.


Tages - Tages, 1964-68! 


01. Tages - Sleep Little Girl 
02. Tages - I Should Be Glad 
03. Tages - Don't Turn Your Back 
04. Tages - Forget Him 
05. Tages - The One For You 
06. Tages - Bloodhound 
07. Tages - So Many Girls 
08. Tages - I'm Mad 
09. Tages - I'll Be Doggone 
10. Tages - In My Dreams 
11. Tages - Crazy 'bout My Baby 
12. Tages - Leaving Here 
13. Tages - Guess Who 
14. Tages - Jealous Girl 
15. Tages - The Man You'll Be Looking For 
16. Tages - Miss Mcbaren 
17. Tages - Every Raindrop Means A Lot 
18. Tages - My Home Town 
19. Tages - I'm Going Out 
20. Tages - Sister's Got A Boy Friend 
21. Tages - Wanting 
22. Tages - She's Having A Baby Now 
23. Tages - Treat Her Like A Lady 
24. Tages - Have You Seen Your Brother Lately 
25. Tages - It's My Life 
26. Tages - Like A Woman 
27. Tages - Seeing With Love 
28. Tages - There's A Blind Man Playing Fiddle In The Street 
29. Tages - Fantasy Island 
30. Tages - I Read You Like An Open Book 
31. Tages - Halcyon Days 
32. Tages - I Wake Up And Call 

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2. Mascots


The boys were attending a music school when they attended a Beatles concert in Stockholm in October 1963. Inspired, they decided to play on their own, and in 1964, when they were all around 16 years old, they got a contract with the prestigious English studio Decca, where the Stones were recording. Their very first singles I Like My Bike, Baby Baby and A Sad Boy hit the national charts, followed by two bouncy albums with songs in the spirit of Zombies and Kinks.


Mascots, 1964-68!


01. Mascots - I Like My Bike 
02. Mascots - Lyckan 
03. Mascots - Baby Baby 
04. Mascots - Call Me Your Love 
05. Mascots - A Sad Boy 
06. Mascots - When I Return 
07. Mascots - Stones Fell 
08. Mascots - Goodbye 
09. Mascots - For Him 
10. Mascots - Walking With My Angel 
11. Mascots - Tip Of The Tongue 
12. Mascots - My Very Best 
13. Mascots - Words Enough To Tell You 
14. Mascots - Woman 
15. Mascots - Nobody 
16. Mascots - We Should Realize 
17. Mascots - I Don't Like You 
18. Mascots - I Want To Live 
19. Mascots - This Proud Crowd 
20. Mascots - I Close Your Eyes 
21. Mascots - The Girl That You Are 
22. Mascots - Did You Ever Think 
23. Mascots - That's You 
24. Mascots - Since You Broke My Heart 
25. Mascots - Stewball 
26. Mascots - You Could Be My Friend 
27. Mascots - Tell Me Lady 
28. Mascots - Moreen 
29. Mascots - Baby, You're So Wrong 
30. Mascots - Black And White 
31. Mascots - You're Never Gonna Find Me 
32. Mascots - A Life Like That 

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3. Shamrocks



The group met in 1962. For some reason, they did not receive much recognition in their homeland, but they were insanely popular outside its borders: Germany, France, Holland, Japan and other countries. She has many singles and two albums in her piggy bank.


The Shamrocks -  Smoke rings around the Cadillac


01. Shamrocks - We Gonna Make It 
02. Shamrocks - A Lonely Man 
03. Shamrocks - Skinny Minny 
04. Shamrocks - A Mountain Of Silver 
05. Shamrocks - Cadillac 
06. Shamrocks - Easy Rider 
07. Shamrocks - And I Need You 
08. Shamrocks - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah 
09. Shamrocks - La La La 
10. Shamrocks - Things Will Turn Out Right Tomorrow 
11. Shamrocks - Balla Balla 
12. Shamrocks - Oxford Sreet 43 
13. Shamrocks - Don't Say 
14. Shamrocks - Nobody Cares About Me 
15. Shamrocks - Days 
16. Shamrocks - Smokerings 
17. Shamrocks - See Me Coming 
18. Shamrocks - I'm On The Outside Looking In 
19. Shamrocks - Please Don't Cry For Me 
20. Shamrocks - Gipsy Lullaby At Ten Thirty 
21. Shamrocks - Misconception 
22. Shamrocks - I'm Ready For The Show 
23. Shamrocks - Cadillac (Paris Version) 
24. Shamrocks - How The Time Flies 
25. Shamrocks - Travelin' Man 
26. Shamrocks - The Smiling Kind 
27. Shamrocks - Don't You Know She's Mine 
28. Shamrocks - Daytime Nighttime 
29. Shamrocks - Rich Life 

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4. Shanes




A group from the north of the country, active in 1963-69. She has played in a variety of styles with British and American influences, including rhythm and blues, mersibit, psychedelia and instrumental pop music. They were successful in their home country (the group's 12 singles hit the top ten on the Swedish charts).


Shanes - The Shanes (Rock in Beat)

LP - Let Me Us (1964)

01. Shanes - Let Me Show You Who I Am 
02. Shanes - Say You Want Me 
03. Shanes - Cathy's Clown 
04. Shanes - Georgia's Back In Town 
05. Shanes - Just Go 
06. Shanes - My Lover Baby 
07. Shanes - Keep A Knockin' 
08. Shanes - I Got A Woman 
09. Shanes - All I Have To Do Is Dream 
10. Shanes - Come On Sally 
11. Shanes - The Shanegang 
12. Shanes - Gunfight Saloon 

LP - The Shanegang (1965)

13. Shanes - Blue Feeling 
14. Shanes - Don't Try To Make A Fool Of Me 
15. Shanes - I Won't Untie You 
16. Shanes - She's Ashamed Of Me 
17. Shanes - If You Live 
18. Shanes - Jenny Jenny 
19. Shanes - If You're Going Up To The City 
20. Shanes - When Will I Be Loved 
21. Shanes - A Young Man 
22. Shanes - Tobacco Road 
23. Shanes - People Don't Like Me 
24. Shanes - Where Can She Be 

Single A & B Sides (1963-1966)

25. Shanes - Oh, Wow 
26. Shanes - Pistoleros 
27. Shanes - Gun Rider 
28. Shanes - I Don't Want Your Love 
29. Shanes - Crazy Country Hop 
30. Shanes - Skinny Minnie 
31. Shanes - It's Allright Babe 
32. Shanes - Marshall Clayton 

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5. Fabulous Four




The group operated in 1964-68 and during this time more than once took first places in its country and in Italy. She released one album and thanks to his success, the musicians began to be called to write soundtracks for movies.


Fabulous Four - Puff The Magic Dragon (1964-68)


01. Fabulous Four - Puff The Magic Dragon 
02. Fabulous Four - Rhytm Of The Rain 
03. Fabulous Four - Island In The Sun 
04. Fabulous Four - Don't Go Out Into The Rain 
05. Fabulous Four - After All 
06. Fabulous Four - Sheila 
07. Fabulous Four - You Were On My Mind 
08. Fabulous Four - Love Minus Zero 
09. Fabulous Four - I Still Love You 
10. Fabulous Four - Rotten Rats 
11. Fabulous Four - Boom Boom 
12. Fabulous Four - This Land Is Your Land 
13. Fabulous Four - Anita, Change Your Mind 
14. Fabulous Four - Extacy 
15. Fabulous Four - Ginny Come Lately 
16. Fabulous Four - Beer Party 
17. Fabulous Four - Uffes Drimm 
18. Fabulous Four - Ain't That Just Like Me - Rockin' Robin 







Tages - Contrast (1967)

Tages - Contrast (1967)


Rock'n'Roll+Psychedelic+FolkRock band formed in the early sixties near Gothenburg, Sweden.
Formed in the summer of 1963 as Tages Skiffle-Group by five young teens in the 16-17 age range. On 17 August 1964 they won a pop contest ( "West Coast Beatles", arranged by GT, the first prize was a London trip). Earlier that year, the group had changed it's name to Tages, and in October they released the single Sleep Little Girl which became a hit and ended up in the Top Ten. Several successful singles followed, including, I Should Be Glad, Don't Turn Your Back, The One For You, So Many Girls, I'll Be Doggone, In My Dreams and Miss Mac Baren. Every Raindrop Means A Lot was the group's first psychedelic-inspired single; it was released in early 1967. In November of the same year Tages released the LP Tages - Studio. The album has in recent years risen high on various lists developed. In spring 1968, Tages was in the Top Ten for the last time, There's a Blind Man Playing Fiddle in the Street. On August 31, 1968. Tommy Blom decided to leave the group. The other band members wanted to continue, and in June 1969 they changed the name to Blond (3) which resulted in the album Blond  - The Lilac Years, also released with a different cover and a different sequence of the same tracks as Blond - Blond.
Tages - Contrast (1967)

Five Great Beat Bands From 60s SwedenTages - Contrast (1967)

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