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|Tags:||classic rock 70s rock swedish oldies pop|
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Vocalist Bjorn Skifs was already well known in Sweden when he and EMI Records record producer, Bengst Palmers, decided that an offensive on the English-speaking market in 1973 would be feasible. Forming Blue Swede, they listened hard to Slades rowdy singalong style and, as they had no compositions of their own, the sextet covered B.J. Thomas 1969 hit single Hooked On A Feeling. After a successful testing in domestic charts, it was issued in the USA and reached number 1 - doing likewise in Canada, Australia and Holland. In the UK, however, it was eclipsed by Jonathan Kings original version, but this was only a petty dampener on Blue Swedes triumph. Following another US Top 10 entry (with a revival of the Associations Never My Love), a medley of Deep Purples Hush and the Hollies Im Alive, and other subsequent releases, were confined mainly to Scandinavia. A sample from the...