Blue Swede

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Blue Swede
Blue Swede 1974.jpg
The band in 1974.
Background information
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1973–1975
Labels Capitol
Past members Björn Skifs
Bosse Liljedahl
Anders Berglund
Hinke Ekestubbe
Jan Guldback
Michael Areklew
Tommy Berglund

Blue Swede was a Swedish rock band from the early to mid-1970s. Their most successful releases were cover versions.


Blue Swede was first formed in 1973, when Björn Skifs, a top vocalist in Sweden, was looking for a band to accompany him during his concerts.[1] The band was originally called "Blåblus" (Swedish for "blue blouse" or "blue jeans", a pun on the word "blues"[2]) and featured Skifs singing the lead vocals. The band got their international breakthrough in 1974 with their cover of the 1968 B. J. Thomas song "Hooked on a Feeling." Blue Swede recorded Thomas' song in 1973, but based its rendition of the song on a 1971 version released by British pop eccentric Jonathan King, which created the ooga-chaka ooga-chaka introduction. Blue Swede released "Hooked on a Feeling" in Sweden in May 1973 and in the United States in February 1974. The song reached #1 in the U.S. for one week April 1974 and stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 18 weeks. The track also topped charts in Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands, where it reached a peak chart position of 26.[1] To capitalize on the success of the song, Blue Swede also released an album of the same name, in 1974.

The group also had a U.S. Top 10 hit with a cover of The Association's "Never My Love", peaking at #7. The group recorded a medley of "Hush" by Deep Purple and "I'm Alive" by Tommy James and the Shondells (not The Hollies' song of the same name), which achieved its greatest success in Scandinavia, only reaching #61 in the U.S.[when?][citation needed] In 1974, Blue Swede also released the album Out of the Blue. From this album, they also charted at #81 in the U.S. with "Silly Milly", and recorded a cover of Cher's "Half-Breed."

In 2014, the band's single "Hooked on a Feeling" featured prominently in the film Guardians of the Galaxy. Prior to the film's release, the song's appearance in a trailer resulted in a significant spike in sales.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 325. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ John Schaefer (April 1, 2014). "The Story of 'Hooked On a Feeling'". SoundCheck: That Was a Hit?! (NPR). 
  3. ^ Caulfield, Keith (20 February 2014). "Blue Swede's 'Hooked On a Feeling' Sales Soar Thanks To 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Trailer". billboard. Retrieved 3 August 2014.