Sylvia Vrethammar

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Sylvia Vrethammar
Sylvia Vrethammar 2012-11-26 001.jpg
Vrethammar in 2012
Background information
Birth name Eva Sylvia Vrethammar
Born (1945-08-22) August 22, 1945 (age 72)
Uddevalla, Sweden
Genres Traditional pop, jazz, Schlager
Years active 1962–present
Labels Polydor, Sonet, Pid Records

Eva Sylvia Vrethammar (born August 22, 1945,[1] Uddevalla, Sweden), is a Swedish traditional pop and jazz singer. She is the daughter of Harald Vrethammar, an education official, and Britta Vrethammar, a musical education teacher, specializing in the piano.

In 1969, she released a Swedish-language cover version of Dusty Springfield's Son of a Preacher Man, entitled En lärling på våran gård.[2] Vrethammar is also fluent in English.

In the 1970s, she occasionally appeared as guest singer with the Bert Kaempfert orchestra, singing in English.[3] After a series of tribute concerts in Germany in 2006 and 2008, where she returned to the bandleader's music with ex-Kaempfert trombonist Jiggs Whigham and other former orchestra members (playing as the HR Big Band),[4] in 2012 she recorded numbers from the tours.[5]

She is perhaps best known for the 1974 song, "Y Viva España". It reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1974, spending over six months in that listing. She was known in the UK simply as Sylvia[6] Globally her version alone sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[7]

She took part in Melodifestivalen 2002, singing "Hon är en annan nu".[8] She participated again in Melodifestivalen 2013 in the hope of representing Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 which was held in Malmö. She sang her song "Trivialitet"[9] in the fourth semifinal, which was also held in Malmö. She came seventh and was therefore eliminated from the contest.

Discography[edit]

  • 1969 – Tycker om dej
  • 1970 – Sylvia
  • 1971 – Dansa samba med mej
  • 1972 – Gamla stan
  • 1973 – Jag sjunger för dej
  • 1973 – Eviva España
  • 1974 – Sylvia & Göran på Nya Bacchi (with Göran Fristorp)
  • 1975 – Stardust & Sunshine
  • 1976 – Somebody loves you
  • 1977 – Mach das nochmal
  • 1977 – Leenden i regn
  • 1979 – Chateau Sylvia
  • 1980 – In Goodmansland
  • 1985 – Rio de Janeiro blue
  • 1990 – Öppna dina ögon
  • 1992 – Ricardo
  • 1999 – Best of Sylvia
  • 2002 – Faller för dig
  • 2005 – Sommar! Samba! Sylvia!
  • 2006 – Champagne
  • 2009 - Te quiero (compilation album)
  • 2013 - Trivialitet

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sök personer". Birthday.se. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  2. ^ http://sverigesradio.se/Diverse/AppData/Isidor/files/2023/3467.txt
  3. ^ e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD1IJdle4q0
  4. ^ http://www.stefankaempfert.com/the-history
  5. ^ (Polydor) Strangers In Night - The Music Of Bert Kaempfert - The Berlin Jazz Orchestra & Special Guests - VÖ 21.09.2012 - Bestellnr. 00602537073986
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 544. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 351. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Sylvia-Vrethammar-Hon-%C3%84r-En-Annan-Nu/release/6628937
  9. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Various-Melodifestivalen-2013/release/4359440

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