Lill-Babs, Barbro Margareta Svensson, was a Swedish icon, singer, actress and performer, who gained huge recognition in her teens, with the songs ”Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini”, ”Är du kär i mej ännu Klas-Göran?, ”April, april”, and the timeless hit ”Tuff Brud i Lyxförpackning”. Other notable songs include: ”Gummiboll”, ”Älskade ängel”, ”The Midnight Sun Will Never Set”, and ”Leva Livet”. With over sixty years in show business, she remained one of Swedens most favored and popular artists, and entertainers, ever since the late 1950’s – no room for breaks and come backs. She was discovered after her appearance in the radio show Morgonkvisten in 1954, and released her first album the same year, with the songs ”Min mammas boogie”, and ”Svar till ”Ung och kär”, which were followed by a whole series of albums including: Splorr, Svensson hyllar Alpertsson, Jag ska sjunga för dig, Hurra hurra, Det våras för Barbro, Lev mänska lev, På scen, Till mina vänner, Det er ju min Show!, Who’s Sorry Now, Här är jag, and Kom. Lill-Babs worked closely with several international artists, including: Sammy Davis Jr, Quincy Jones, and also appeared with The Beatles in the music program Drop-in, were she was the main guest star in 1963. Honors include: recipient of His Majesty The King’s Medal, and being inducted in the Swedish Music Hall of Fame.
Chris meets Lill-Babs in Stockholm, who shares: how she grew up in Järvsö, oldest child of five, how she sang with her sister and mum, first radio appearance, more than 60 years in the business with no come back, childhood dream, dancing, singing, inspirations, influences, attractiveness, show business, ”Tuff Brud i Lyxförpackning”, motto, touching the audience, ”Leva livet”, Quincy Jones, on Järvsö, her family, happiness, charity, driving force, energy, Stikkan Anderson, what makes a good performer, Annie Get Your Gun, duet, Sammy Davis JR, The Roots, on letting life surprise her, The Beatles, closest musical companion, butterflies, juicing, what’s next, and more.
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The call from Simon Brehm, and on lying on her age
How she was inspired to go into show business
Her first success – ”Tuff Brud i Lyxförpackning”
Who was Klas-Göran?
Annie Get Your Gun
On Quincy Jones
On The Beatles