Tommy Körberg

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Tommy Körberg
Tommy Körberg 2009.jpg
Körberg 2009
Background information
Birth name Bert Gustav Tommy Körberg
Born (1948-07-04) 4 July 1948 (age 66)
Origin Norsjö, Sweden
Genres Pop, Schlager

Bert Gustav Tommy Körberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈtɔmːʏ ˈɕɶːrˌbærj]) (Norsjö, 4 July 1948) is a Swedish singer, actor, and musician.[1] English-speaking audiences know him best for his role as Anatoly/"The Russian" in the musical Chess. He played the role on the 1984 concept album, and again on stage in the 1986 world première West End production in London. He has also performed the role several more times since then.

Körberg has also played the lead role in many Swedish productions of other musicals.

Career[edit]

He represented Sweden in the 1969 and 1988 Eurovision Song Contests.

He has also appeared in the Swedish productions of other musicals, usually in a starring role, including The Sound of Music and Les Misérables.

He was a supporting actor in the 1984 Swedish fantasy film Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, based on the novel by the same name by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

Körberg voiced the Beast in the Swedish dub of Beauty and the Beast, and also sang the Swedish version of the title song on the soundtrack.

In the 1990s and 2000s, he took time off from other projects in order to recreate the role in subsequent productions of Chess, including the 1994 tenth anniversary concert and the 2002 Stockholm production.

For years, he collaborated with Monica and Carl-Axel Dominique in the experimental group Solar Plexus. In his own performances, he has worked extensively with Stefan Nilsson, and including songs by Jacques Brel.

Körberg is also a frequent performer with Benny Andersson's band, Benny Anderssons Orkester (BAO), singing mostly dance music and music by Andersson.

In 2008 he starred in the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Cirkus in Stockholm, and in 2009 he played Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady in Stockholm acting opposite Helen Sjöholm, who portrayed the role of Eliza Doolittle.

In the autumn of 2010 Körberg and his long-time friend Claes Malmberg gave a show in Gothenburg called The Big Bang Show.

He was one of three judges on the Swedish reality television singing competition True Talent, which ran for one season in 2011.

In 2013 he tried out for Eurovision in Melodifestivalen 2013 with the song "En Riktig Jävla Schlager" with the group Ravaillacz. They ended up in 10th place in the final.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1969, he won a Swedish Recording Industry Award Grammis in the category Best Debut Performance.

Körberg was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in the category Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical, for his role in the 1986 world premiere of Chess.

For the 2002 Swedish production of Chess, he won a Guldmasken, the national Swedish theater award, in the category Best Actor in a Musical.

Personal life[edit]

In July 2007 Körberg married Anne-Charlotte Nilsson.

Selected discography[edit]

Swedish
  • 1969 - Judy min vän
  • 1970 - Tommy
  • 1971 - Tommy Körberg
  • 1972 - Solar Plexus (Solar Plexus; Carl-Axel Dominique, Monica Dominique, Bosse Häggström, Tommy Borgudd, Tommy Körberg)
  • 1973 - Solar Plexus 2 (Solar Plexus; Carl-Axel Dominique, Monica Dominique, Bosse Häggström, Tommy Borgudd, Tommy Körberg)
  • 1973 - Tommy Körberg sjunger Birger Sjöberg
  • 1974 - Solar Plexus: Det är inte båten som gungar, det är havet som rör sig
  • 1975 - Solar Plexus: Hellre gycklare än hycklare
  • 1976 - Den vackraste visan
  • 1979 - Blixtlås (Tommy Körberg, Stefan Nilsson)
  • 1982 - Tommy Körberg och Stefan Nilsson tolkar Jaques Brel
  • 1988 - Spotlight: Tommy Körberg
  • 1988 - ...är...
  • 1989 - Julen är här
  • 1990 - Livslevande
  • 1990 - Les Miserables-musical (original Swedish cast recording)
  • 1992 - Jag skulle vilja våga tro
  • 1994 - Ravaillac
  • 1995 - Sound Of Music-musical (original Swedish cast recording)
  • 1997 - Aniara
  • 1998 - Från Waterloo till Duvemåla (From Waterloo to Duvemåla)- various artists
  • 1999 - Sånger för ensamma älskare
  • 2000 - Hits
  • 2000 - Stilla natt (Tommy Körberg & Oslo Gospel Choir)
  • 2003 - Gränslös - det bästa
  • 2003 - Chess på svenska (Chess in Swedish)-musical (original Swedish 2002 cast recording)
  • 2006 - BAO på turné (BAO on tour) (Benny Anderssons Orkester with Helen Sjöholm & Tommy Körberg)
  • 2007 - BAO 3 (Benny Anderssons Orkester with Helen Sjöholm & Tommy Körberg)
  • 2007 - Rakt upp och ner (CD+DVD)
  • 2012 - Sjung tills du stupar
English
  • 1968 - Nature Boy
  • 1969 - Tommy Körberg Spotlight
  • 1968 - Don´t Get Around Much Any More
  • 1976 - Where Do We Begin (Made In Sweden; Jojje Wadenius, Tommy Körberg, Wlodek Gulgowski, Pekka Pohjola, Vesa Aaltonen)
  • 1984 - Chess
  • 1984 - Walk Between The Raindrops (Tommy Körberg and Tolvan Big Band)
  • 1993 - Live In London
  • 1994 - Chess In Concert
  • 1996 - Evergreens
  • 2009 - Story of a Heart (The Benny Andersson Band)
  • 2010 - Songs for Drinkers and Other Thinkers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tommy Körberg". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 May 2010. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Claes-Göran Hederström
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
1969
Succeeded by
Family Four
Preceded by
Lotta Engberg
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
1988
Succeeded by
Tommy Nilsson