Lillebjørn Nilsen

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Lillebjørn Nilsen
Birth name Bjørn Falk Nilsen
Born (1950-12-21) 21 December 1950 (age 63)
Oslo
Origin  Norway
Genres Folk & pop
Occupations Musician & songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar & Hardingfele
Associated acts Gitarkameratene
Website Official website

Bjørn "Lillebjørn" Falk Nilsen (born 21 December 1950 in Oslo) is a prominent Norwegian singer-songwriter and folk musician. He is also considered somewhat the leading "voice of Oslo" thanks to numerous classic songs about the city from the 1970s and up.

He also makes up the Norwegian supergroup Gitarkameratene with Jan Eggum, Halvdan Sivertsen and Øystein Sunde.

In 1987 he received the Fritt Ord Honorary Award.[1]

Nilsen has collaborated with his friend and idol Pete Seeger on numerous occasions. He adapted Pete Seeger's song Rainbow Race into Norwegian as Barn av regnbuen ("Children of the Rainbow"). Anders Behring Breivik said that he hated that song, and saw it as a symbol of "cultural Marxism" and multiculturalism. In response, on 26 April 2012, over 40,000 Norwegians sang it publicly outside his trial.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

with The Young Norwegians
  • 1967: Things on Our Mind
  • 1969: Music
with Ballade!
  • 1978: Ballade! På turné
  • 1980: Ballade! Ekstranummer
  • 2005: Ballade!s samlede (compilation)
with Gitarkameratene
  • 1989: "Gitarkameratene"
  • 1990: "Typisk norsk"
  • 2010: Kanon
Solo
  • 1971: Tilbake
  • 1973: Portrett
  • 1974: Haba Haba
  • 1974: Hei fara! Norske folkeviser
  • 1975: Byen med det store hjertet
  • 1979: Oslo 3
  • 1980: Live at Sioux Falls (USA)
  • 1980: Ballade! Ekstranummer
  • 1982: Original Nilsen
  • 1985: Hilsen Nilsen
  • 1988: Sanger
  • 1993: Nære Nilsen
Re-released albums
  • 1995: Haba Haba
  • 2001: Portrett
  • 2003: Byen med det store hjertet (Re-release)
  • 2003: Tilbake (Re-release)
  • 2003: Portrett (Re-release)
Compilation albums
  • 1978: Lillebjørn Nilsens beste
  • 1984: Lillebjørn Nilsens utvalgte
  • 1986: Tekst og musikk: Lillebjørn Nilsen
  • 1996: 40 spor: Nilsens 40 beste
  • 2010: Stilleste gutt på sovesal 1 (10 CDs and a DVD)

Singles[edit]

with The Young Norwegians
  • 1966: "Plenty Nothingness and Love" / "Det står ein friar uti garde"
  • 1966: "Joys of Love" / "Jug of Punch"
  • 1967: "Vuggevise for André" / "Goodbye to Your Sparkling Blue Eyes"
  • 1968: "Nightingale" / "Grannie" with Kari Svendsen
with Gitarkameratene
  • 1990: "Barn av regnbuen"
Solo
  • 1973: "Barn av regnbuen" / "Alle duene"
  • 1974: "Haba Haba" / "Kirsebærtreet"
  • 1982: "Tanta til Beate"
  • 1988: "Se deg aldri tilbake"
  • 1993: "Fort gjort å glemme" / "Så nære vi var"
  • 1993: "1000 søte damer"
  • 2006: "Oleanna" (with Pete Seeger) (live)

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