Jørgen Ingmann

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Jørgen Ingmann
Jørgen Ingmann.jpg
Ingmann in 1963
Background information
Birth nameJørgen Ingmann Pedersen
Born(1925-04-26)26 April 1925
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died21 March 2015(2015-03-21) (aged 89)
Holte, Denmark
Years active1944–84

Jørgen Ingmann (born Jørgen Ingmann Pedersen; 26 April 1925 – 21 March 2015) was a Danish jazz and pop guitarist from Copenhagen. He was popular in Europe, and had a wider international hit in 1961 with his version of "Apache". He and his wife Grethe Ingmann won the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Dansevise".


Jørgen Ingmann Pedersen was born in Copenhagen, and first performed as a guitarist with Svend Asmussen, the jazz violinist, during the 1940s and early 1950s, in a group known as the Unmelancholy Danes.[1]

He was influenced by American guitarist and recording studio pioneer Les Paul. In the mid-1950s he set up his own studio where he developed techniques of multi-tracking and distortion, using his own accompaniment on bass and drums, and began recording under the name Jørgen Ingmann & His Guitar.[1]

Under this name he recorded a version of "Apache" in the fall of 1960; "Apache" was originally recorded in June 1960 by the British group the Shadows. Ingmann's cover version charted in 1961 at #1 in Canada on the CHUM Chart, #2 in the United States on the Billboard pop singles chart, #9 on the Billboard R&B chart, #4 on Cashbox, and #6 in Germany.[2][3]

He remade Silvana Mangano's "Anna" with moderate US chart success.[4] In the first half of the 1960s he had many hits in Germany, including "Pepe" (1961 #15), "Anna" (1961 #19), "Violetta" (1962 #16), "Drina Marsch" (1964 #5) and "Zorba le Grec" (1965 #14).[5]

Billboard magazine reported that he charted at no. 2 on the Denmark pop singles chart with his recording of "Marchen Til Drina" on 7 December 1963.[6] His recording reached no. 1 on 17 December 1963.[7] Other recordings of his included "Tequila" (which he also recorded during the 60s, with the Champs) and a version of Pinetop Perkins' "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" (from 1962).[citation needed]

He also worked as a member of the duet, Grethe og Jørgen Ingmann, together with his wife Grethe Ingmann. After winning the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix competition in 1963, they went on to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 where they won with the song "Dansevise" (Dance Ballad), music by Otto Francker and lyrics by Sejr Volmer-Sørensen.[citation needed] His best jazz work is to be found on the LP Guitar in Hifi which, apart from "Margie", the first track, has many songs written by Hoagy Carmichael. It was issued in England on a 10-inch LP and in other places as a 12-inch LP. In the USA it was called Jorgan Ingmann Swings Softly.[citation needed]

Personal life and death[edit]

He and Grethe met in 1955, married in 1956, and divorced in 1975. Jørgen Ingmann died on 21 March 2015, aged 89.[8]


  1. ^ a b Biography, Allmusic.com; retrieved 23 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Songs from the Year 1961". Tsort.info. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ The single reached #54; Joel Whitburn: Top Pop Singles 1955–1993. Menomonee Falls / Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd. 1994, p. 290
  5. ^ Günter Ehnert (ed.): Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956–1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press 1990, p. 105
  6. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (7 December 1963). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 27 August 2018 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Danish Top 20 Chart. Archived 19 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "The life of Jørgen Ingmann told through colleagues and friends (Obituary)". Eurovisionary.com. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ellen Winther
with "Vuggevise"
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Bjørn Tidmand
with "Sangen om dig"
Preceded by
Isabelle Aubret
with "Un premier amour"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Gigliola Cinquetti
with "Non ho l'età"