Olsen Brothers

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Olsen Brothers
(Brødrene Olsen)
Olsen brothers 2008.jpg
"Noller" (left) and Jørgen Olsen (right)
Background information
Origin Denmark
Years active 1972 –
Website http://www.olsen-brothers.dk/
Members Jørgen Olsen
Niels "Noller" Olsen

Olsen Brothers (Danish: Brødrene Olsen) are a Danish rock/pop music duo, and are brothers Jørgen (born 15 March 1950) and "Noller" (Niels, born 13 April 1954) Olsen. They formed their first band, The Kids, in 1965. The Kids warmed up for The Kinks in the K.B. Hallen in 1965 and released their first single in 1967.

Both Jørgen and Niels Olsen participated in the musical Hair in the Cirkusbygningen in Copenhagen March 1971, and went on tour afterwards through Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The Olsen Brothers' first album came out in 1972. To date they have released 12 albums.

Their big hit singles include "Angelina" (1972), "Julie" (1977), "San Francisco" (1978), "Dans Dans Dans" (1979), "Marie, Marie" (1982) and "Neon Madonna" (1985).

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix / Eurovision[edit]

The Olsen Brothers and on occasions Jørgen Olsen on his own took part in a number of annual competitions known as Dansk Melodi Grand Prix the winner of which would represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Participations in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
Year Song Position Points Notes
1978 "San Francisco"
2nd
37
As Olson Brothers
1979 "Dans dans dans"
8th
32
As Olsen Brothers
1980 "Laila"
5th
61
As Olsen Brothers
1986 "Fællessang i parken"
6-10th
-
As Olsen Brothers
1989 "Fugle"
3rd
28
Jørgen Olsen (solo)
1990 "Berlin"
3rd
25.676
Jørgen Olsen (solo)
2000 "Smuk som et stjerneskud"
"Fly on the Wings of Love" (in English)
1st
58
As Olsen Brothers
Represented Denmark
in Eurovision 2000
2005 "Little Yellow Radio"
2nd
52
As Olsen Brothers
2007 "Vi elsker bare danske piger"
7th
-
Jørgen Olsen (solo)
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2000 / Eurovision Song Contest 2000

They won the annual Dansk Melodi Grand Prix song competition in 2000 in Copenhagen and went on to represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in Stockholm.[1] where they won with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love" (translated from the Danish "Smuk som et Stjerneskud" (literally translated, "Beautiful as a Shooting Star"). At one stage, they sold 100,000 copies in one day, in Denmark. They became the second Danish act that won the competition.

They opened the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen with a short reprise of their winning song from the previous year, followed by a full performance of their new release "Walk Right Back".

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2005

In 2005 for the first time since their victory, they re-entered the Danish Melodi Grand Prix, the national pre-selection for the Eurovision contest, with the song "Little Yellow Radio". It was widely reported[who?][citation needed] that they hoped to repeat their triumph; however this time they had to settle for second place, finishing behind Jakob Sveistrup.

Congratulations - 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest

Their song Fly on the Wings of Love was nominated as one of the 14 finalists for the Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22 October 2005. They performed the song in the event finishing 6th overall in 14 songs. The winner was "Waterloo" from ABBA

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

(Selective)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barclay, Simon (2010-06-17). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Simon Barclay. pp. 110–. ISBN 9781445784151. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sweden Charlotte Nilsson
with "Take Me to Your Heaven"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2000
Succeeded by
Estonia Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL
with "Everybody"
Preceded by
Michael Teschl and Trine Jepsen
with "This Time I Mean It"
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
2000
Succeeded by
Rollo & King
with "Never Ever Let You Go"