La det swinge

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"Let It Swing/La det swinge"
Single by Bobbysocks!
from the album Bobbysocks!
Released 1985
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop
Length 2:50
Label Bahama Records
Writer(s) Rolf Løvland[1]
Alixzandra (English version)[2]
Producer(s) Torgny Söderberg
Norway "La det swinge"
Eurovision Song Contest 1985 entry
Country Norway
Artist(s) Hanne Krogh,
Elisabeth Andreassen
As Bobbysocks!
Language Norwegian
Composer(s) Rolf Løvland
Lyricist(s) Rolf Løvland
Conductor Terje Fjærn
Finals performance
Final result 1st
Final points 123
Appearance chronology
◄ "Lenge leve livet" (1984)   
"Romeo" (1986) ►

"La det swinge" ("Let it swing") is a song in Norwegian, sung by the pop duo Bobbysocks!. It was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1985 - Norway's first victory in the contest.

Composition and production[edit]

The song is a tribute to dancing to old rock 'n' roll heard on the radio. Befitting the subject matter, the song itself is written in an old-fashioned style, with a memorable saxophone melody starting the song. The melody arrangement is in retro style, containing elements of contemporary 1980s music and throwbacks to the 1950s.

Background[edit]

The song entered, and won Melodi Grand Prix 1985, and was therefore selected to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985. For the performances, the two members - Hanne Krogh and Elisabeth Andreassen - appeared in sparkling, bright purple jackets, worn over black and white outfits; Krogh sported a black-and-white striped floor-length gown.

At the Eurovision Song Contest, the song was performed thirteenth on the night, following Italy's Al Bano and Romina Power with "Magic Oh Magic" and preceding the United Kingdom's Vikki Watson with "Love Is". At the close of voting, it received 123 points, placing 1st in a field of 19.

This was Elisabeth Andreasson's and Hanne Krogh's second appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest; in 1982 she represented Sweden in the duo Chips with Kikki Danielsson singing "Dag efter dag". Danielsson incidentally finished third after Bobbysocks and West Germany's Wind, with "Bra vibrationer" in the 1985 contest, again representing Sweden. Andreasson in turn went on to appear in the contest on two more occasions - she finished sixth in 1994, performing a duet with Jan Werner Danielsen, entitled simply, "Duett" and in 1996, she appeared as a solo artist, finishing second to Ireland's Eimear Quinn. Krogh finished 17th (second from last) in the contest in 1971, with the song "Lykken er", and in 1991 she returned to the Contest as part of the group Just 4 Fun, finishing 17th with "Mrs. Thompson".

"La Det Swinge" was succeeded as Norwegian representative at the 1986 Contest by Ketil Stokkan with "Romeo".

Following their win, the single "La det swinge" peaked at #1 in the Norwegian and Belgian singles chart, and entered the charts in Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, United Kingdom to name a few.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Let it Swing" - 2:50
  2. "La det swinge" - 2:50

Chart details[edit]

Chart (1985) Position
Norway 1
Belgium 1
Denmark 2
Sweden 4
Ireland 8
Netherlands 13
Austria 14
Switzerland 30
United Kingdom 44
Germany 47

Cover versions[edit]

Preceded by
"Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" by Herrey's
Eurovision Song Contest winners
1985
Succeeded by
"J'aime la vie" by Sandra Kim

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vem e de´du vill ha entry at Svensk mediadatabas, retrieved 11 July 2010
  2. ^ Let it swing entry at Svensk mediadatabas, retrieved 11 July 2010

External links[edit]