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by Bengt-Arne Wallin
Bengt-Arne Wallin (1926 to 2015) was a Swedish 'jazz' trumpeter, bandleader and tutor. Bengt-Arne Wallin was born on July 13th 1926 in the Linkoping Assembly, Ostergotland, Sweden, and took up the accordion as a child, winning junior awards along the way. In the 1940s and 1950s, he worked as a trumpeter and arranger in Linkoping, plus Gothenburg (where he played in the 'Malte Johnsson Orkester'), and in Stockholm. He came to the capital in 1951, where he joined Seymour Osterwall at the Nalen Pleasure Palace until 1952. From 1953, Wallin was part of the 'Arne Domnerus Storband', also playing with the 'Harry Arnold Radioband' from 1955, until he left both these ensembles and gave up trumpet-playing in 1965. Switching his focus to the sphere of music education, from 1972 to 1993 he was a teacher at the Musikhogskolan in Stockholm. However, in the late 1990s he began to play the trumpet again, forming his own group called 'Five to Five'. For his music production of "Visa fran Barnrike" ("View from the Children's Kingdom"), he received the 'Internationella Radiopriset Prix Triumph Variete'. He was also involved with various musicals and a large number of TV productions, including "The Magic Box" (Sweden's entry into the Montreux Festival in 1971), and went on to conduct various other big bands. He participated five times in the Eurovision Song Contest, including in 1966 with "Nygammal Vals" (in collaboration with Bjorn Lindroth, performed by Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson), which won the Contest, and also in 1974 with "I Annorlunda Land", performed by the group 'Glenmarks' (finishing eighth). He was married five times, latterly to the actress Eva Bysing. Bengt-Arne Wallin died in Sollentuna, Stockholm, on November 23rd 2015, aged 89. [ Translated from: ]
1926 - 2015 - Sweden
Posted: 10th December 2015
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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