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Alice Babs

Swedish born Hildur Alice Nilsson, professionally known as Alice Babs first appeared publicly at the age of twelve, and she achieved instant fame. Her first hit recording was a song known in English as “The Yodeling Girl”. A string of Swedish film roles turned her into a teen movie star. She sang with famous classical musicians, performed for the Swedish Royal Family, and during World War II played for soldiers with popular acts like Sammy Davis.

The first exposure Babs had to America was in 1962 when she toured with the Swe-Danes, a trio made up of Babs, guitarist Ulrik Neumann, and violinist Svend Asmussen. The trip was a big success, landing the group several high profile gigs and an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. In 1963, when Duke Ellington was asked to appear on a Swedish television program, he began a search for a European singer to perform with his band. He was given a stack of records to listen to, and declared the search over upon hearing the voice of Alice Babs. “Come Sunday” and “Take the 'A' Train” were recorded for the show, with Babs on vocals. When there were no words left to sing she amazed everyone by turning her voice into a band instrument, singing solos she had heard Rex Stewart and Ben Webster play on previous Ellington recordings.

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Vi minns Alice Babs
Vi minns Alice Babs
Vax Records
2014
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As Time Goes By
EMI
2009
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Illusion
EMI
2007
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Far Away Star
EMI
1978
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Somebody Cares

1976
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Glädjen - Alice &...
EMI
1976
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