The Real Thing (Norwegian band)

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The Real Thing
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Sigrid Brennhaug with The Real Thing
April 20, 2013.
Background information
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Jazz
Experimental rock
Years active 1992-2005, 2010 -
Labels Real Music Records
Members Paul Wagnberg
Staffan William-Olsson
Torstein Ellingsen
Dave Edge
Past members Sigurd Køhn
Fredrik Carl Stormer
Børre Dalhaug

The Real Thing (1992-1995) was a Soul Jazz Band from Oslo, Norway, founded in 1992 when Sigurd Køhn and Palle Wagnberg formed the forerunner, The B3 Blues Band with Vidar Busk and Hamlet Pedersen. They changed the name when Staffan William-Olsson and Fredrik Carl Stormer joined the band. Størmer was replaced by Torstein Ellingsen in 1995, and Ellingsen again by Børre Dalhaug in 1998. Due to the sudden death of the band's saxophonist Sigurd Køhn in December 2004 The Real Thing was hibernating until a reunion in 2010.[1][2]

The quartet released eight albums, their debut in 1992 with the album The Real Thing and later both live and studio recordings. They for the most play original music, combining influences from American Blue Note jazz (represented by people such aslike Jimmy Smith, George Benson and Wes Montgomery) and elements from modern popular music. The result is a mixture of genres including swing, blues, soul, Latin, funk and rock.[1]

Band members[edit]


  • 1992: The Real Thing (Real Music Records) featuring Køhn, Wagnberg, William-Olsson and Størmer.
  • 1993: New York (Real Music Records), feat. Lew Soloff produced by Georg «Jojje» Wadenius, and nominated for the Spellemannprisen 1994 with Køhn, Wagnberg, William-Olsson and Størmer.
  • 1994: A Perfect Match (Real Music Records), with Bohuslän Big Band, arranged and produced by the Los Angeles based arranger Tom Kubis with Køhn, Wagnberg, William-Olsson and Størmer.
  • 1995: Live (Real Music Records)
  • 1997: Pleasure is an Attitude (Real Music Records)
  • 2000: Deluxe (Real Music Records), with Even Kruse Skatrud and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra
  • 2003: New Wrapping (Real Music Records)
  • 2006: A Real Christmas (Real Music Records), feat. Sigrid Brennhaug on vocal
  • 2011: Back On Track


  1. ^ a b "Real Thing, The Biography" (in Norwegian). 
  2. ^ The Real Thing (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon. 

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