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date: 28 March 2020

Babs [Sjöblom [née Nilson]], Alice locked

  • Erik Kjellberg
  • , revised by Lars Westin

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(b Kalmar, Sweden, Jan 26, 1924). Swedish singer. She made her début on radio at the age of 14 and her first recordings when she was 15, appeared in the film Swing it Magistern (1940), and was acknowledged as the most popular teenage idol in Scandinavia throughout the World War II years, being featured in several films and on numerous recordings, often accompanied by the leading orchestras and jazz soloists of the day. In 1949 she performed with a Swedish all-star band at the Paris Jazz Fair. In the 1950s she achieved success as a popular singer in Germany and elsewhere, then from 1958 to 1963 she was a member of the trio Swe-Danes with Svend Asmussen and Ulrik Neumann. From 1963 she performed and recorded with Duke Ellington in Europe and New York, and she made important contributions to Ellington’s sacred concerts of 1968 and ...

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