Jahn Teigen

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Jahn Teigen
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Jahn Teigen
Photo: Profero 2002
Background information
Birth name Jan Teigen
Genres Pop, rock, comedy rock, progressive rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, percussion

Jahn Teigen (born 27 September 1949) is a Norwegian singer, musician and comedian. He represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest four times, in 1978,[1] 1982[2] and 1983.[3] His given name was Jan, he added the silent H later. Since October 2006 he has spent most of his time living in Sweden. In May 2011, he received a knighthood from H. M. King Harald V.

Biography[edit]

Popol Vuh[edit]

Jahn Teigen was born in Tønsberg. He started his career in the late 1960s, when he released a few singles and one album with Enemies. However, his commercial break-through did not come until the early 1970s as the lead singer of the six member rock band Popol Vuh. They released three successful albums, the first self-titled in 1973. Their most popular album was released in 1976, called Stolen From Time, but this time under their new name Popol Ace, to avoid confusion with the German rock band with the same name that also was popular in the 1970s. Popol Vuh is actually a Maya Indian word in the Quiché language, meaning book of the community. Popol Vuh/Popol Ace was actually a refinement of the even older eight member group Arman Sumpe Dur Express. During 1971 and first half of 1972, Arman Sumpe D.E. was on an ever-lasting concert tour throughout Norway playing more than 140 concerts. Jahn performed at one of Europe's two largest music festivals, the Roskilde Festival, already in 1969 with the band Red Squares, but it was first in 1972 he became one of the major attractions as part of Popol Vuh.

Prima Vera[edit]

Jahn Teigen also were a part of the Norwegian humour trio Prima Vera, with Herodes Falsk [1] and Tom Mathisen, who released seven albums between 1977 and 1983. Most of their reportoire consists of popular hits with the most ridiculous lyrics. (This struck a chord with the Norwegian audience, since, at the time, to ensure airplay, English-language songs often were re-recorded with Norwegian lyrics.) Their breakthrough album, 1978s Brakara, went to number 1 in the charts and sold more than 100,000 copies, and includes Teigen's spirited mock-Russian rendition of Mil Etter Mil, Zagra Znja Zagra. This 30-second version is the only available recording of the original arrangement; whether in English or Norwegian, Jahn Teigen's serious recordings of the song feature more electric guitar. The serious version was also a huge hit, making Teigen one of the few performers ever to have success with both a serious version and a parody of the same song simultaneously. Prima Vera had a number of hits, including such classics as Så lykkelig i Sverige ('So happy in Sweden', a version of The Turtles' So happy together) Det er Norge som er bra and De gærne har det godt.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 1978 in Paris Jahn Teigen debuted on the Eurovision stage, performing the song Mil etter mil (Mile after mile), which became famous for not receiving a single point from any of the participating nations. This was the first occurrence of zero points with the new, and current, voting system of the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the obvious lack of international recognition, the song gained a huge audience back in Norway where his countrymen embraced it. The single dominated the national single chart for more than four months, being among the ten most bought singles for no less than 19 consecutive weeks, for five of those peaking the chart being the most popular international hit of the nation. Still, having been in the nation's spotlight for more than 30 years now, this remains his most successful hit. Teigen's runner up single was called Jeg gi'kke opp, meaning I don't give up, and his first album release the same year was just as self-ironic, as it was entitled This Year's Loser.

Jahn Teigen returned to the Eurovision stage in 1982 in Harrogate, United Kingdom, where he sang Adieu in duet with Anita Skorgan (to whom he was married for some years and with whom he has a daughter) ending up at 12th place. In 1983, in Munich, Germany, he went solo again, with Anita Skorgan and three other women as backing vocals, with the melody Do re mi, composed together with Anita Skorgan, which rendered him his finest position, a respectable 9th place. Jahn has taken part in the Norwegian national Eurovision final, called the Melodi Grand Prix, the most times, more precisely fourteen; 1974, 1975, 1976 (Voodoo), 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1988 (Glasnost), 1989 (Optimist), 1990 (Smil), 1993, 1994, 1996 and once again as late as in 2005 with My Heart Is My Home. In addition to this, Teigen has been the host of Melodi Grand Prix and provided the interval act of the Melodi Grand Prix on a number of occasions. He has also acted as commentator for Norwegian television in 1991 in Rome, together with Jon Andreassen.

Extensive recording material[edit]

Teigen has released 17 albums as a soloist as of 1 January 2006. Six of these were best of collections, the last two being Jahn Teigens beste in 1994 and Fra null til gull (From nul till gold or From zero to hero as Teigen stated he would call an English release) in 2004, celebrating his 35+ years as popular artist. His most successful albums to date were En dags pause (One day's break) released in 1979, Mentalkrem (Mental cream) in 1980 and Klovn uten scene (Clown without stage) in 1988.

Stage work[edit]

In 1992 he took the part of the Executioner in the London run of the heavily-panned Norwegian opera-musical Which Witch.

Memorable hits[edit]

  • Voodoo (remembered mostly for his skeleton costume on stage in the Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest 1976)
  • Mil etter mil (1978)
  • Min første kjærlighet (1978)
  • Adieu (1982)
  • Glasnost (1988)
  • Det vakreste som fins (1988)
  • Optimist (1989)
  • Gi meg fri (1992)

Discography[edit]

Popol Vuh[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Popol Vuh (1973)
  • Quiche Maya (1974)

Popol Ace[edit]

Album[edit]

  • Stolen From Time (1976)
  • Curly Sounds (1978) Note; Asa Krogtoft is the singer on this album, Jahn had left the group to go solo and work with Prima Vera.
Collection (best of) albums[edit]
  • Popol Ace (1975)
  • Cat of 9 Tales (1994)
  • All we have (2003) A box set with all their studio albums remastered on CD + one CD only available in this box called Popoloddities with demoes, rarities and live recordings. 5 songs were taken from a reunion concert(with Jahn back) at Rebekka West in Oslo in 1994.

DVD[edit]

  • Silently Loud (2004) two DVD set with one DVD containing a reunion concert at Rockefeller in Oslo in 2003 with KORK and one containing material from the archives of NRK from the 70`s.

Jahn Teigen[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Mil etter mil (1978)
  • Jeg gi'kke opp (1978)
  • Har du lyst på litt mer (1979)
  • Ja (1980)
  • Bli bra igjen (1982)
  • Do re mi (1983)
  • Glasnost (1988)
  • Slå ring (1988)
  • Optimist (1989)
  • I skyggen av en drøm (1990)
  • Gi meg fri (1992)
  • Ensom natt (1993)

Albums[edit]

  • Teigens tivoli (1977)
  • This Year's Loser (1978)
  • En dags pause (1979)
  • Mentalkrem (1980)
  • Klar dag/Instamatik (1982)
  • Klovn uten scene (1988)
  • Esilio paradiso (1992)
  • Rondo (1993)
  • Lys (1996)
  • Magnet (2000)
  • Utkledd som meg selv (2003)
Collection albums[edit]
  • 67-76 (1976)
  • All We Have Is The Past (1980)
  • Hopp 78–83 (1983)
  • Jahn Teigen (1989)
  • Jahn Teigens beste: Litt av historien (1994)
  • Hele historien (4cd box 1994)
  • Fra null til gull (2004) rerecordings of his old hits, done live in the studio.
  • EMI Gull (2005)
  • 40 største hits (2009)

DVD[edit]

  • Jahn Teigen fra Tønsberg (2011) DVD/CD from his hugely successful retrospective stage show which ran for 2 years 2009-2011 in Tønsberg and Oslo.

Prima Vera[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Prima Vera (1977)
  • Brakara (1978)
  • Salmer og sanger vi gjerne hiver (1979)
  • Den 5te (1981)
  • Fisle Narrepanne i Tyrol (1981)
  • Ha ha he he ho de gærne har'e godt (1982)
  • Her kommer Olavs menn (1983)
  • The Prima Vera Show (1999)
Collection albums[edit]
  • The best of EBBA (1980)
  • Absolute Prima Vera (1994)

Jahn Teigen & Herodes Falsk[edit]

Album[edit]

  • "Teigen synger Falsk" (1975)

Jahn Teigen & Anita Skorgan[edit]

Single[edit]

  • Adieu (1982)
  • Friendly (1983)

Albums[edit]

  • Cheek To Cheek (1983)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barclay, Simon. Eurovision Song Contest - The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. Simon Barclay. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Barclay, Simon. Eurovision Song Contest - The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. Simon Barclay. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Barclay, Simon. Eurovision Song Contest - The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. Simon Barclay. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Anita Skorgan
with "Casanova"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
1978
Succeeded by
Anita Skorgan
with "Oliver"
Preceded by
Finn Kalvik
with "Aldri i livet"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
1982 (with Anita Skorgan)
Succeeded by
Jahn Teigen
with "Do Re Mi"
Preceded by
Jahn Teigen & Anita Skorgan
with "Adieu"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
1983
Succeeded by
Dollie de Luxe
with "Lenge leve livet"