Olle Ljungström

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Olle Ljungström
Olle Ljungström singing during the Forever Young tour in 2010
Background information
Birth name Lars Olof Gustaf Ljungström
Also known as KW
Born (1961-08-12)12 August 1961
Died 4 May 2016(2016-05-04) (aged 54)
Alingsås, Sweden
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1977 – 2016
Associated acts Reeperbahn
Website www.olleljungstrom.se

Lars Olof "Olle" Gustaf Ljungström (12 August 1961 – 4 May 2016) was a Swedish singer, songwriter, and musician. Ljungström grew up in Vaxholm. He was vocalist and guitarist in the group Reeperbahn from 1979 to 1984; since the early 1990s he performed solo.


Ljungström began his musical career as vocalist and guitarist in the Swedish rock group Reeperbahn. The group, which initially also consisted of Dan Sundquist (bass), Eddie Sjöberg (guitar) and Peter Korhonen (drums), made their self-titled debut album in 1979. On their first LP, Reeperbahn used both Swedish and English lyrics, but later on settled for only Swedish songs. The group made three more full-length albums, Venuspassagen (1981), Peep-Show (1983) and Intriger (1983) before splitting up in 1984.[1][2]

Heinz and Young[edit]

After Reeperbahn, Ljungström briefly formed a duo named Heinz & Young with Heinz Liljedahl (from the band Ratata). The duo released only one album entitled Buzzbuzzboys... in 1984, with only English lyrics. The album included compositions by both artists with the double A-side single "No Matter at All" / "California dreamin'" released as a 7" single.

Liljedahl has also collaborated with Ljungstrom on the latter's first six solo albums 1993-2002.

Solo career[edit]

In 1993, Ljungström made his debut as a solo performer with a self-titled album. He was first signed to MNW and later on to Metronome. As a solo performer, Ljungström sang in Swedish.

Ljungström has also appeared on songs by other artists from time to time; he contributed to the group Wilmer X's record Hallå Världen, with the song "Jag är bara lycklig när jag dricker" (translates to "I'm only happy when I'm drinking").

He was found dead in his home in Alingsås on 4 May 2016.[3]



Solo albums
Year Album Peak positions Certification
1993 Olle Ljungström 40
1994 Världens räddaste man 10
1995 Tack 8
1998 Det stora kalaset 10
2000 En apa som liknar dig 12
2002 Syntheziser 20
2009 Sju 5
2013 Släng in en clown 5
Compilation albums
Year Album Peak positions Certification
2001 Bäst 10
2010 Original Album Series 42
2013 Så mycket Olle Ljungström 2
with Reeperbahn
  • 1979: Reeperbahn
  • 1980: No / Time / Outside Wall / Flowers (EP / maxi-single)
  • 1981: Venuspassagen
  • 1982: Samlade singlar (compilation album)
  • 1983: Peep-Show
  • 1983: Intriger
  • 1993: 79-83 (compilation album)
with Stry Terrarie
  • 2006: R U Sockudåpad?


  • 1997: "Nåt för dom som väntar"


  • Jag är både listig och stark (Norstedts, 2011)