Freddie Wadling

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Freddie Wadling
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Freddie Wadling performing at Bryggarsalen in Stockholm, Sweden, April 2011
Background information
Birth name Berndt Arvid Freddie Olsson
Born (1951-08-02)2 August 1951
Gothenburg, Sweden
Died 2 June 2016(2016-06-02) (aged 64)
Västra Frölunda, Sweden
Genres Rock, punk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1970s – 2016
Associated acts Liket Lever, Cortex, Straitjacket), Leather Nun, Blue for Two

Berndt Arvid Freddie Wadling (2 August 1951 – 2 June 2016) was a Swedish singer and actor born in Gothenburg, whose over 30-year musical career extended from punk to classical ballads.

In various bands[edit]

He played bass in a number of bands during the 1970s and early 1980s. One notable band was Liket Lever (which translates as The Corpse Lives). In the early 1980s, he joined the cult band Cortex. During this period Cortex released the album Spinal Injuries in 1981. The song "The Freaks" sung by Freddie Wadling became a signature song for him and was used in the soundtrack of Tjenare Kungen. He also played in Straitjacket and Leather Nun.

In Blue for Two[edit]

Main article: Blue for Two

In the 1980s and 1990s, he was vocalist of the Swedish alternative pop/rock duo Blue for Two. The duo started in Gothenburg in 1984 with him on vocals and Henryk Lipp as songwriter and on synthesizers. They had a string of albums including Blue for Two (1986), Songs from a Pale and Bitter Moon (1988), Search & Enjoy (1992), Earbound (1994) and Moments (1997). The band became very popular and one of the main bands in the Swedish alternative scene in the 1980s. For their live performances, they were often accompanied by Sator guitarist Chips Kiesbye.

Solo career[edit]

After Two for Blue stopped performing by the end of the 1990s, Freddie Wadling developed a prosperous solo career, releasing a great number of albums, and very notably the highly acclaimed En skiva till kaffet (1999) and Jag är monstret (2005) he recorded songs by John Dowland with the Forge Players in 1998.

He also got attention with being part of the Fleshquartet for which he was awarded the Cornelis Vreeswijk Prize in 2005. The latter also contains collaborations with Thomas Öberg, Per Gessle and Tomas Andersson Wij. Wadling was also featured in band Mikrotone. He also joined Timbersound, formed in 1994 with Magne Furuholmen and Kjetil Bjerkestrand.

2010s saw a comeback by Freddie Wadling. He released his solo album With a Licence to Kill in 2011 that reached #12 on the Swedish Albums Chart and with Blue for Two he released the album Tune the Piano and Hand Me a Razor that reached #18 on the Swedish Albums Chart.

Death[edit]

Freddie Wadling died on 2 June 2016 at the age of 64.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

In Cortex
  • 1981: Spinal Injuries
  • 1986: You can't kill the Boogeyman
In Blue for Two
  • 1986: Blue for Two
  • 1988: Songs from a Pale and Bitter Moon
  • 1992: Search & Enjoy
  • 1994: Earbound
  • 1997: Moments
  • 2012: Tune the Piano and Hand Me a Razor
With music project Mother
  • 2008: LP (with music project Mother)
Solo albums
  • 1989: Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • 1991: Picnic on a Frozen River
  • 1991: The Dice Man (Collection album)
  • 1997: A Soft-Hearted Killer Collection (Collection album)
  • 1999: En skiva till kaffet
  • 2000: Skillingtryck och mordballader
  • 2005: Jag är monstret
  • 2009: Den mörka blomman / The dark flower
  • 2011: With a Licence to Kill (Reached #12 on the Swedish Albums Chart)
  • 2016: Efter Regnet (Reached #7 on the Swedish Albums Chart)
Featured in
  • 2012: Dark Passages - Nocturnal Incidents (Kingdom of Evol feat. Freddie Wadling)

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