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Alice Babs

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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

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Sarah Riedel: Living Up To Expectations

Read "Sarah Riedel: Living Up To Expectations" reviewed by James Pearse


The world of jazz is no stranger to the sound of the Swedish language. Alice Babs and Monica Zetterlund--and more recently, Rigmor Gustafsson--are just a few of the names of jazz vocalists hailing from this cold northern country that have reached the ears of US and UK audiences. Some people believe that spoken Swedish ...

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Vi minns Alice Babs

Label: Vax Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: CD 1: After All I've Been To You; I'm Alone; Willow Weep For Me; What Becomes Of Me/But Not For Me; A Man; No Words Blues; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; If I Were Eve; So Many People; Memories Of You; Song For The Dreamer; A Sailboat In The Moonlight; I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town; St. James Infirmary; Nobody Knows You; Bluer Than Blue; After You've Gone; Dancing Together; I'm Checking Out Go'om Bye; Things Ain't What They Used To Be; Prelude To A Kiss; I Can't Give You Anything But Love. CD 2: Skål (Swe-Dane Shuffle); Scandinavian Shuffle; Swinging In A Hammock; Side By Side; Georgia Camp Meeting; Hot Toddy; Lullaby Of Broadway; Den Lille Ole Med Paraplyen; Go Chase A Moonbeam; You're Driving Me Crazy; Miss Annabelle Lee; Swe-Danes Symphony; Swe-Dane Shuffle. CD3: En Gång I Stockholm; Ensam Jag Går; Fråga Mig Inte Varför;Le Lite Grann; Lilla Geisha; Månbubblor; Lile Astronomi; Visa I Molom; En Ollonnborr Är Varenda Fråga; Hambo; Filosofisk Dixieland; Råttjakt För Två; Pudelvisan; Det Var Sommar/Parkernas Stad; Blotta Tanken; Det Är Vår; Fröken Vår; Il Bacio; Johnny One Note; Den Gamla Kommoden; Vaggvisa Till Radiorecensent/Little Man, You've Had A Busy Day; Villanelle; Mot Kveld. CD4:It's Wonderful; I May Be Wrong; Hey Diddle Diddle; Swing Fula Fluga Swing; I Double Dare You; Oh-ho-ho-ho; Swing Swing Girl; Regntunga Skyar; Swing It Magistern; En Oharmonisk Visa; Be-bop- knopp; Coffee Calls For A Cigarette; Mitt Eget Blue Hawaii; Vårat Gäng Potpurri. CD5: Sommar Sommar Sommar; Fritiof Och Carmencita; Sommarmålning; Gökuret; En Gång Jag Seglar I Hamn; Emil/Min Vår, Din Vår; Det Vore Välan F'runderbart/Wouldn't It Be Loverly; Josefon; Du Och Jag/I'm For You, You're For Me; Kyss Mig Varje Morgon/Love Me In The Daytime; Tro På't/High Hopes; Here Comes Summer; Puerto Rico; Skandinavien; Res Med Mig; Ingen Är Som Du; Desafinado; Vår I Stadsparken; Primavera; Under Ett Paraply; Kolonivisa; Home With You; Go Chase A Moonbeam; Det Är Inte Sant; Låt Mig Bli Din. CD6: It's Been A Long, Long Time; I'm The Words, You're The Music; Våran Bil; Hemma Igen; Ingo Cha Cha; St Louis Blues; Det Går Ännen Fort; Tradadiralla Di Ralla; Sprid Lite Sol Omkring Dig; Tandem; En Sliten Liten Melodi; You Make Me Feel So Young; I Want To Be Happy; Vildandens Sång; Plugget; Ta’t Lugnt, Ta En Toy; Lollipops To Lipstick; Han Kom Från Texas; Dong, Dingeldang, Dingeldong; Der Kleine Muck; Ich Hab' Dich Und Du Hast Mich; By The Watermelon Vine Lindy Lou; You Say The Sweetest Things; Lady Be Good; Dinah.

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Article: Album Review

Alice Babs: Vi minns Alice Babs

Read "Vi minns Alice Babs" reviewed by Chris Mosey


This six-CD box set pays homage to Alice Babs, the Swedish jazz singer who died at the age of 90 in February, 2014. A soprano with a three octave range, she sang with Duke Ellington, most notably in his so-called sacred concerts. At the start of her career, in 1940, at the tender ...

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As Time Goes By

Label: EMI
Released: 2009

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Illusion

Label: EMI
Released: 2007

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Don't Be Blue

Label: Prophone Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: I Didn't Know What Time It Was; If I Were Eve; Portrait of Django; Song for the Dreamer; Baroque Stomp; As You Are; Takin' a Chance on Love; Marit's Song; I Could Write a Book; Vocalise; In a Mellow Tone; Thank You For Everything (Lotus Blossom)

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Article: Album Review

Alice Babs: Don't Be Blue

Read "Don't Be Blue" reviewed by Dave Nathan


Over a career of more than 60 years, Swedish vocalist Alice Babs has applied her delectable vocal chords to a variety of euphony including church music by Mozart and Duke Ellington, she worked with the latter in the 1960's, yodeling, and just regular jazz. Her 4th album for the Prophone label falls into the latter category. ...

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Far Away Star

Label: EMI
Released: 1978

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Somebody Cares

Label: Unknown label
Released: 1976


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