Morten Abel

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Morten Abel
Morten Abel Slottsfjell.jpg
Morten Abel at the Slottsfjell festival, July 2009
Background information
Birth name Morten Abel Knutsen
Born (1962-10-15) 15 October 1962 (age 55)
Origin Bodø, Norway
Genres Pop, Rock, Country rock, Country pop
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Hammond, Keyboard, Piano, Accordion, Harmonica
Associated acts Uncle Deadly
The September When

Morten Abel Knutsen, (born October 15, 1962), better known by his stage name Morten Abel is a Norwegian pop artist, and one of Norway's best-selling domestic artists.


Morten Abel was born and grew up near Bodø, but moved to Stavanger when he was 15 years old. There he became the lead singer of a band called Catrix, which soon changed their name to "Mods". They released two albums in Norwegian language in 1981 and 1982, and had a big hit with a song called "Tore Tang". A third album in English language was released in 1984.

After Mods split up, Abel released a solo single in 1985. Two years later he formed the band "The September When", which became very popular in Norway. The September When released four studio albums between 1989 and 1994. Two of their hits were "Bullet Me" and "Cries Like A Baby".

When The September When split in 1996, Abel formed a new band called "Peltz". They released one album. After Peltz, Abel started focusing on a solo career, and his first solo album Snowboy was released in 1997. Since then he has released a further four solo albums, which have all been very successful in Norway. Some of his biggest solo hits include "Tulipz", "Be My Lover", "Trendsetter" and "Birmingham Ho".

So far, Morten Abel has sold around 550,000 solo albums. The total album sales of all his projects is more than 1 million. Abel has also acted in two Norwegian movies, "Hodet Over Vannet" (1993) and "Alt For Egil" (2004).

In 2006, Morten Abel performed at the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo.


Abel at stage in 2016


  • Revansj! (1981)
  • Amerika (1982)
  • Time Machine (1984)
  • Originaler (1992) - CD re-issue set of two first albums
  • Gje Meg Litt Merr: De Beste (2006) - Best of, CD+DVD

The September When[edit]

  • The September When (1989)
  • Mother I've Been Kissed (1991)
  • One Eye Open (1993)
  • HuggerMugger (1994)
  • Prestige de la Norvége 89-96 (1996) - Best of
  • The Best of TSW (2002) - Best of
  • Judas Kiss (2008)


  • Coma (1996)

Solo album[edit]

  • Snowboy (1997)
  • Here We Go Then, You And I (1999)
  • I'll Come Back And Love You Forever (2001)
  • Being Everything, Knowing Nothing (2003)
  • Morten Abel (2004) - Best of, 2CD
  • Give Texas Back To Mexico (2005) - Collection, Sweden only.
  • Some Of Us Will Make It (2006)
  • I Fullt Alvor (2015)

Solo DVDs[edit]

  • Being Everything, Knowing Nothing (2003)
  • Live DVD (2004)

Solo singles[edit]

  • "Be My Lover" (1999)
  • "Doberman" (1999)
  • "Hard to Stay Awake" (2000)
  • "Tulipz" (2000)
  • "I'll Come Back and Love You Forever" (2001)
  • "You Are Beautiful" (2001)
  • "Birmingham Ho" (2002)
  • "Trendsetter" (2003)
  • "Our Love Is Deep" (2003)
  • "Big Brother" (2006)
  • "Stars" (2006)
  • "Annabelle" (2015)
  • "Frøken Vilikke" (2015)

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