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by Inger Berggren
Inger Berggren (1934 to 2019) was a Swedish popular singer and teacher. Inger Berggren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 23rd 1934. She was educated at the Royal Musical Academy in her home city, graduating in 1956 and beginning her vocal career with Thore Swanerud's orchestra. She later sang with the ensembles of Thore Ehrling, Simon Brehm and Gote Wilhelmsson, and gradually earned a nickname - "Den Sjungande Sangerskan" (or "The Singers' Singer"). She made her solo recording debut in 1952 with the song "Nara" and in 1958 had a minor success with "Vals Intim". During her singing career, Berggren's biggest hit was probably "Elisabeth Serenad", which spent 33 weeks in the charts in 1962 and topped them for one week. However, her most prominent was "Sol och Var", also released in 1962. With that song, she went on to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg the same year, being placed a creditable equal seventh. In 1963, she again topped the listings in Sweden with "Twist till Menuett", and in 1967 she composed the Melodifestivalen song "Vem Fragar Vinden", performed in the competition by Towa Carson. It came fifth, with Berggren's own version later reaching No. 5 in the Swedish pop charts. Although she diversified during the 1970s to work as a music teacher in the Taby area, she still continued to sing (she also worked as a chaplain at the Stadsteatern in Stockholm). She was the mother of the actresses Gunilla Roor and Elisabeth Johansson. Inger Berggren died in Stockholm on July 19th 2019, at the age of 85. [ Translated from: ]
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Posted: 14th August 2019
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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