I have been in music business since 1964, when I was 17 years old and started a band with 3 other boys. For five to six years we played together under the name “The Satellites”. The name was printed on the drum when they were bought, and therefore we used that name. We were, together with another band, selected by a newspaper as the most popular band in the southern part of Norway. We played all kinds of popular music that was played on the radio stations at that time. Jim Reeves was very popular in Norway and had several top hits around the sixties. He became my favourite singer and has been so since then.
In 1970 I got some problems with my throat and had to stop for a while. The other members of our group joined another band and continued. A short while later I was lucky enough to become a finalist in a talent competition being held by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. It was a great experiance for me to sing for the radio station and also perform on Television, broadcasted to every part of Norway.
Four years later I once again was lucky enough to represent the southern part of Norway in another show through radio & TV. This show was held at Momarken, which is the venue for one of the most popular and traditional pop-shows in Norway to date. I had the opportunity to have my song as a part of a record made by all of the artists at this show.
After that I had some years with very different jobs. I was making 2 gospel records as the very first artist at a brand new record studio. My musician, Mr. Ribe, did the musical arrangements and produced the albums. Since then we have been playing together, and we are now approaching 30 years of partnership.
Through the nineties, I once again was longing for a new recording. This time around I made my first CD, titled “The Crossroads of Life”. One of the songs, “Make the World go Away”, went into a second place at a competition on Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.
After this I had the opportunity to come to Denmark making a country show in Frederikshavn. There I met a girl, Wenche Hartmann, who had just recorded her first album at a local studio. This album contained songs that Patsy Cline had made famous. I understood that our voices would sound good together, and she was asked to make 2 songs with me on a new CD made by me at the same xanish studio. From this record, “Blue Boy”, we made “Love is No Execuse” and “Something Stupid”. We had releaseparties in Norway as well as in Denmark. This release was followed by some shows in her country. A little later on, Wenche H. made another record that became a very big success, as it went straight to number 3 in Denmark .
In 2004 we were invited to visit USA with our show at Norsk Høstfest in Minot. We were going to play at the same place as Kenny Rogers. Normally 90.000 people visit this arrangement through four days in the beginning of October. Unfortunately some practical challenges prohibited us from traveling that year, and for this we were very sorry. But I am staying in touch with the folks over there hoping to visit Minot another year.
At this time I am planning new trips to Denmark as well as other places in USA after being invited to these two countries. I am also working to find suitable songs for my new CD which I hope will be produced through autumn 2006.