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Hep Stars - We And Our Cadillac (1996)

 Hep Stars - We And Our Cadillac (1996)


The chances are that, had ABBA never come along making Benny Andersson (and his three partners in the group) into an international pop/rock star, no one outside of Sweden would ever have heard of the Hep Stars. They were the hottest rock band of the mid-to late '60s in Sweden, however, considered by some to be that country's answer to the Beatles. The Hep Stars also charted 20 singles in their own country and had hits in the Netherlands, as well as building a following in Germany -- and their CDs are exported around the world as a result of the ABBA connection. It also turns out that they were a pretty good band, too.

Andersson's interest in the keyboard manifested itself at age six, when he got his first accordion, and he began playing with his father and grandfather. At 10, he got his first piano and started lessons, but these didn't continue, and he basically became a self-taught musician.

He was playing in a band in 1964 when he chanced to be heard by Svenne Hedlund, a member of the Hep Stars, who had been formed in 1963 and already recorded one single, but had also just lost their organist, Hasse Ostlund. Anderson joined the band in October of 1964 -- the lineup also featured Janne Frisk on guitar and vocals, Hedlund on lead vocals, Lelle Hegland on bass, and Christer Pettersson on drums. Soon after Andersson joined, the Hep Stars recorded four songs: Geoff Goddard's "Tribute to Buddy Holly," which had been a hit in England for Mike Berry in the early '60s; the Premiers' then-current hit "Farmer John," and "Cadillac" (not the Bo Diddley song), that helped transform their careers.

By the middle of 1965, after getting a break on Swedish television, "Tribute to Buddy Holly," "Farmer John," and "Cadillac" had each topped the Swedish radio charts. "Cadillac," "Farmer John," and a cover of Shel Talmy's "Bald Headed Woman" also reached number one on the sales charts, while "Tribute to Buddy Holly" got to number five, all in less than a year.

"Cadillac" was a good representative of the group's sound during this period, a piece of lusty, bluesy garage rock. dominated by an agonized lead vocal, somewhere between Gene Vincent at his most quiet and menacing and David Aguilar of the Chocolate Watchband doing his best anguished teen emoting, and some very prominent organ riffs by Andersson. The group sounded sort of like a Swedish Paul Revere & the Raiders with a little more lyricism than that comparison implies. Their version of "Farmer John" was a pale imitation of the Premiers' original, but it satisfied home-grown audiences. "Bald Headed Woman" was convincingly bluesy and threatening, and "Tribute to Buddy Holly" was a less dramatic rendition of the song than Mike Berry's version. They had a decent if slightly smooth garage band style, Andersson's organ and Frisk's guitar paired up very nicely on the breaks on numbers like "Should I," while Andersson's electric harpsichord was the dominant instrument on the folk-like "Young and Beautiful."

We and Our Cadillac Their initial string of hits resulted in the release of two LPs in 1965, We and Our Cadillac, and The Hep Stars on Stage. Additionally, Benny Andersson began writing songs that year -- up to that point, the band had done nothing but covers of songs by American and British composers (they did rocking versions of "What'd I Say" and other rock & roll standards on stage), but "No Response," Andersson's debut as a songwriter, made it to number two on the charts. A year later, his "Sunny Girl" got to number one, and his "Wedding," released that same year, also topped the charts. For the next three years, his originals would compete with outside material for space on the A-sides of single releases by the band.
The Hep Stars The group scored 20 hits in the Swedish Top Ten thru the summer of 1969, among them nine songs that topped the charts. They also released five more albums: The Hep Stars (1966), Jul Med Hep Stars (Christmas with the Hep Stars) (1967), Songs We Sang (1968), and Hep Stars Pa Svenska (1969). As those titles indicate, as the '60s progressed, the band began cutting their songs more and more often in Swedish, including covers of modern folk songs such as Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds" (done as "Mot Okant Land").
Shortly after hitting number one with "Wedding" in May of 1966, the Hep Stars were invited to a party by another popular Swedish group, the Hootenanny Singers. It was there that Andersson first met Bjorn Ulvaeus, who was a member of the other group. They began writing songs together later that year, with "It Isn't Easy to Say" -- that song, along with the Ulvaeus composition "No Time," showed up on the Hep Stars' self-titled third album, issued in December of that same year. At that time, their popularity was such that the album's sales broke all records, making it the first album by a Swedish band to reach the Top 20 album and singles charts.

Their string of hits continued with a Swedish version of "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream," "Don't" (a cover of the Elvis Presley song), and Andersson's "Consolation." Everything seemed to be going extraordinarily well for the Hep Stars, but that all changed in 1967 when the band made a mistake astonishingly similar to one that the Beatles made that same year -- they decided to make a movie; additionally, the movie was to be financed by the band, and it had no script, which sounds a lot like The Magical Mystery Tour.

In contrast to the Beatles, who were earning enough money from record sales that they could've made two or three Magical Mystery Tours and not been seriously hurt, however, the Hep Stars were stricken financially by the project, which was never completed. The one bright spot in the entire debacle was the song "Malaika," which they found while shooting in Africa, and which reached number one.

The group kept working, oblivious to the hole they'd put themselves in until they were hit with a bill for back taxes that drove them into bankruptcy. They soldiered on, the members working off their debts, and in the summer of 1968, there was a lineup change when Svenne Hedlund's fiancee Charlotte "Lotta" Walker joined as lead singer. The hits kept coming, though from 1968 onward the Hep Stars were no longer recording much rock music, preferring a softer MOR and folk-based style.

It was this change that led to the group's split. Andersson and Svenne and Lotta Hedlund wanted to keep moving in an MOR direction, while the rest of the band preferred going back into the rock 'n roll music with which they'd started out. Andersson, Hedlund, and Walker exited the line-up following the band's 1969 summer tour. The seeds that would spawn ABBA were already planted by that time -- Andersson met Anni-Frid Lyngstad during the Hep Stars' final weeks of performing, and their engagement, and his involvement with her music as producer of her new single (co-written by Andersson and Ulvaeus), followed soon after the Hep Stars split.

In more recent years, the Hep Stars have appeared as a reunited band (sans Andersson), and have made a serious effort at recording as well as performing in Sweden, where their music is still remembered by older audiences from the '60s. ABBA's success has seen to their reissue on CD, as well as to the international availability of their music.

 Hep Stars - We And Our Cadillac (1996)
The debut LP by the Hep Stars is mostly made up of guileless and style-less rock & roll. The Hep Stars were like a lot of English bands of the period, rippling through the harder rock & roll numbers with thumping efficiency or aping the originals on songs like Carl Mann's "Rockin' Love" without any real feel for or comfort with the words. Parts of this album resemble English releases of the period, in the sense that the group is covering Phil Spector, Carl Mann, and Shel Talmy numbers in an earnest manner, but they lack the originality to pull off anything more than going through the motions. The best song here is the Swedish Top Ten single "Cadillac," a hot, bluesy organ-dominated number that might have passed for a Gene Vincent or Marty Wilde song. Otherwise, the group works best with melodic numbers that allow them music to hook their work around -- "Be My Baby" as a guitar-driven piece is passable, and it and the organ-dominated version of "And Then She Kissed Me" come off best; plus, they throw themselves into Neil Sedaka's "Oh! Carol" with compelling passion. "Bald Headed Woman" comes off surprisingly well also, mostly because it's similar in character to "Cadillac." "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" is pretty poor, apart from Benny Andersson's elegant piano playing, and little of the rest works better. The bonus tracks on the 1996 EMI reissue are mostly superior to the original LP's, apart from their debut single (a piece of pathetic Euro-pop/rock called "Kana Kapila"), "I Got a Woman," "Tribute to Buddy Holly," "Summertime Blues," and "Farmer John" are all worth hearing.

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Ola & The Janglers - Flashback #20

Ola &  The Janglers - Flashback #20

Ola Håkansson (vocals)
Christer Idering (guitar)
Johnny Lundin (guitar)
Claes "Clabbe" af Geijerstam (guitar)
Johannes Olsson (organ)
Lennart Gudmundsson (bass)
Åke Eldsäter (bass)
Leif Johansson (drums)

Ola and the Janglers bildades 1962. Under några år i mitten och senare delen av sextiotalet hade gruppen sina stora framgångar. En av gruppens största hits, en cover på Chris Montez Let's Dance spelades flitigt inte bara i Sverige. Efter upplösningen av gruppen bildade några av medlemmarna Secret Service.

Ola and the Janglers founded in 1962. For some years in the mid and late sixties, the group had their great success. One of the group's biggest hits, a cover of Chris Montez Let's Dance was played frequently not only in Sweden. After the group disbanded, a few members formed Secret Service.

Ola & The Janglers ‎– Flashback #20 1995


01 Ola & The Janglers - Let's Dance
02 Ola & The Janglers - Hear Me
03 Ola & The Janglers - Save Me, Save Me
04 Ola & The Janglers - I Can't Wait
05 Ola & The Janglers - What I heard Today
06 Ola & The Janglers - You Don't Know Where Your Interest lies
07 Ola & The Janglers - Farewell My love
08 Ola & The Janglers - This Ring
09 Ola & The Janglers - Strolling Along
10 Ola & The Janglers - Juliet
11 Ola & The Janglers - Poetry In Motion
12 Ola & The Janglers - Alex Is The Man
13 Ola & The Janglers - Light Of Lime
14 Ola & The Janglers - Bird's Eye View Of You
15 Ola & The Janglers - Not In My Life
16 Ola & The Janglers - Thinking' Of You
17 Ola & The Janglers - No No No
18 Ola & The Janglers - Love Was on Your Mind
19 Ola & The Janglers - Stop Your Sobbing
20 Ola & The Janglers - Surprise Surprise

Ola &  The Janglers - Flashback #20


Ola &  The Janglers - Flashback #20







The Lee Kings - Singles A´s & B´s 1966-1967


The Lee Kings - Singles A´s & B´s 1966-1967


The Lee Kings were a short-lived Swedish rock quintet who rode the wave of the British Invasion to multiple appearances in theTop Ten of their country's singles chart in 1966 and 1967. Formed in 1964 as Lenne & the Lee Kings, founding members included Lenne Broberg, guitarists Bengt Dahlén and Bjarne Möller, bassist Olle Nordström, and drummer Lasse Sandgren. Nordström parted ways with the band in 1966 and was replaced by Mike Watson. The next year, Johnny Lundin would replace Möller and Tony Walter took over for Sandgren before the band dissolved. After hitting number two with their song "Stop the Music" in January 1966, they topped the chart with their sole number one, "L.O.D.," a month later. Both tunes appeared on their 1966 debut album, Stop the Music, which was fleshed out with three tracks by Stockholm's the Sunspots and released by the Grand Prix label. "Why, Why, Why" from the RCA Victor LP Bingo! made the Top Ten later that year, and "I Can't Go on Living" was a summer hit in Sweden in 1967.




The group originally consisted of Lenne Broberg, Bengt Dahlén, Bjarne Möller, Olle Nordström and Lasse Sandgren. In 1966, Olle Nordström left the band and was replaced by Mike Watson. Watson was born in Sheffield and later he played with the Swedish group ABBA.

In 1967, Lasse Sandgren left the band and was replaced by Tony Walter, and for a while, Bengt Dahlén and Bjarne Möller also left, and was replaced by Johnny Lundin.

The Lee Kings - Singles A´s & B´s 1966-1967


Annaabee-Nox - Singles A's & B's (1965-1968) (2013)

Annaabee-Nox - Singles A's & B's (1965-1968) (2013)

Annaabee-Nox - Singles A's & B's (1965-1968) (2013)

From Beatman:
Annaabee-Nox - Singles A's & B's (1965-1968) (2013)
Annabee-Nox was a Swedish pop band that played 1963-1968. The band's somewhat strange name is because one of the group members viewed a text with the word "konstisbana" and read it (incorrectly) backward as "anabinoks" - which was chosen to spell anglosaxically. The group released a total of seven singles between 1965 and 1968. They also participated in a 1966 flexion published by the photo journal. 
In total, there are 15 songs preserved on disc.

https://swedishbeat.wordpress.com/bands/annaabee-nox/

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The Sleepstones - Singles A's & B's (1964-1968) (2014 Sweden)

The Sleepstones - Singles A's & B's (1964-1968) (2014 Sweden)

The Sleepstones - Singles A's & B's (1964-1968) (2014 Sweden)

Swedish pop group that played in the 60s. 
Formed - 1962, Stockholm. Disbanded - 1968.
Members: Torbjörn Svensk (guitar), Christer Wenzen (guitar), Hans Myrin (bass),
Arne Myrin (drums), Janne Schaffer (guitar), Ted Åström (vocals), Hans Lundqvist (guitar),
Per Sahlberg (bass), Peo Alm (drums), Dennis Wilhelmsson (organ), Janne Ersson (drums).
Related Artists: 
The Best, Blue Clinters & Leif Bigert, The Mades, The New Generation, 
Ted & the Top Teens, The Typhoons, The White Indians; 
Also known as The Flintstones (in 1963) & The Attractions (in 1968).
They released five singles on Columbia as The Sleepstones, and one as The Attractions
which are all compiled on "Singels A's & B's, 1964-1968".


The Girls Want The Boys! Sweden's Beat Girls: 1964-1970

The Girls Want The Boys! Sweden's Beat Girls: 1964-1970

           The Girls Want The Boys! Sweden's Beat Girls: 1964-1970
                                                 CD/UK/2016

Ace's smorgasbord of Swedish she-pop opens with early solo sides by the lead singers of the nation's greatest pop music export, ABBA: Agnetha Faltskog with Ge Dej Till Tals (a highlight of her second album) and Anni-Frid Lyngstad with Sa Synd Du Maste Ga (a song popularised by Françoise Hardy as Comment Te Dire Adieu). Other featured well-known names include national treasure Lill-Babs with her cover of Dusty Springfield's Little By Little and chart star Mona Wessman with a version of Music To Watch Girls By. But it wasn't all cover versions in mid-60s Sweden. Dig, for example, Eleanor Bodel's title track, Don't by cult favourite Doris (who also appears as lead vocalist of the group Plums), au pair duo Bella and Me's groovy Help Me Break This Habit and Britt Bergstrom's Ivy League-penned You Really Have Started Something. Cherry-picked tracks by the Plommons and cover stars MAK Les Soeurs illustrate the country also produced its fair share of all-girl groups

The Girls Want The Boys! Sweden's Beat Girls: 1964-1970



The Girls Want The Boys! Sweden's Beat Girls: 1964-1970
Vinyl LP /UK/2016

A1 Agnetha Faltskog - Ge Dej Till Tals
A2 Anni-Frid Lyngstad - Sa Synd Du Maste Ga
A3 Eleanor Bodel - The Girls Want The Boys
A4 Mak Les Soeurs - Karlek Finns Det Overallt
A5Lena Junoff - Good Kind Of Hurt
A6 Plommons - Last Train To Liverpool
B1 Doris - Don't
B2 Bella & Me - Help Me Break This Habit
B3 Mona Wessman - Vadret
B4 Lill-Babs - Lite For Liten
B5 Britt Bergstrom - You Really Have Started Something
B6 Plums - Benny Law

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Blue Swede ‎– Hooked On A Feeling (1973)

Blue Swede ‎– Hooked On A Feeling (1973)

Swedish hitmakers from the mid-'70s who topped the American charts with "Hooked on a Feeling." 

Blue Swede succeeded with a few singles during the 1970s that were covers of other artists' material rather than any original songs. A cover of the late-'60s B.J. Thomas feel-good single "Hooked on a Feeling" hit the top of the charts in the U.S. in the mid-'70s with Björn Skifs singing lead vocals. The single also hit number one in Holland, Australia, and Canada. It barely missed the top spot in the U.K., kept out of number one by Jonathan King's rendition. Late in the '90s, a new generation was exposed to Blue Swede's version when a partial clip was featured on the television program Ally McBeal. It later appeared prominently in the 2014 comic book/sci-fi hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Blue Swede also hit the Top Ten in the U.S. with a cover of "Never My Love," which was originally recorded by the Association. A medley that combined "I'm Alive" and "Hush" fared better in Scandinavia than anywhere else. The Hollies originally recorded the former song, and the latter was done by Deep Purple. The band broke up in 1975, after Skifs left to pursue a solo career.

Blue Swede ‎– Hooked On A Feeling (1973)

Claes Dieden - Da-Doo-Ron-Ron (1969 )

Claes Dieden - Da-Doo-Ron-Ron (1969 )


Claes Dieden, born May 4, 1942, is a Swedish singer, songwriter

Dieden was a member of the Science Poption from 1965 to 1967, before his solo debut. He was at Tio at the top with the song Da Doo Ron Ron in 1969 and at Svensktoppen with Hit I will probably no longer 1970

In the early 1970s, however, he left the musician track and instead focused entirely on the career of radio talkers he started as early as 1964 on Swedish Radio. Here he was one of the first to launch a less formal way of advertising programs and music, inspired by the American DJ. During the 1990s, Dieden was a speaker for the radio station NRJ where he was heard for many years. When NRJ then changed voice, the local Stockholm competitor Power Hit Radio took over him. His voice is currently being heard on Vinyl 107. His characteristic voice has also been heard in many commercials.

Claes Dieden - Da-Doo-Ron-Ron (1969 )


Claes Dieden - Da-Doo-Ron-Ron (1969 )

 Hep Stars - We And Our Cadillac (1996)Ola &  The Janglers - Flashback #20The Lee Kings - Singles A´s & B´s 1966-1967Annaabee-Nox - Singles A's & B's (1965-1968) (2013)The Sleepstones - Singles A's & B's (1964-1968) (2014 Sweden)The Girls Want The Boys! Sweden's Beat Girls: 1964-1970 Blue Swede ‎– Hooked On A Feeling (1973)Claes Dieden - Da-Doo-Ron-Ron (1969 )VA - Det Bästa Med De Svenska PopIdolerna Vol.3VA - Det Bästa Med De Svenska PopIdolerna Vol.2

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