Since this is my first post in the music category, why not start off with my only contribution in the music industry, the album “Gubben Lycklig och hans vänner“. An album by Anders Glenmark, recoded in the legendary Glenstudio where ABBA recorded their first albums and with a bunch of true professionals.
First, sorry for the Swedish title, but that is the name of the record and it is translated as “Mr Happy and his friends”. The album is embedded at the end of this post.
That I was part of an album was actually something I had put way back in my memory until one day a few years ago when I ego-googled myself and saw that I was registered as a singer on an album. It all came back to me……
In 1981 I was 9 years old, so it is considered ancient history I know, and my mother worked at CBS Records (later acquired to become Sony Music). When Anders Glenmark wanted to do a kids record, I was probably one of the only kids Anders had nearby at the time. So myself and his relative (cousin?) Josefin Glenmark was pulled into the studio to sing on the record…or sing, I do not know, we did what kids do, sing – talk – make noise, call it what you will. On the cover it looks like there were other kids as well, but I only remember Josefin. The others might have recorded at another time or they were adults. The only thing I really remember is that I had gotten a new watch from my father, just prior to us recording, and in a break I was bragging to Josefin about the watch. It was recorded (as most chit-chat was to be used as fill-out between songs) and to my horror it was used as one of those fill-outs between songs. I will not reveal where, but was I embarrassed? Yes!
When I hear the songs I still now the lyrics though, this to Little Fs amusement or embarrassment.
At that time I did not think much about it, given I grew up in the industry, but when I today look at the surroundings and the people involved in that record it is actually pretty cool.
- Glenstudio, it was recorded in Glenstudio in Stocksund, I have recorded an album in the same studio as ABBA. If you only do one record, do it with style! I didn’t actually know any ABBA record was made in that studio, it was a small studio, kind of a garage-studio in the home of Ann-Louise Hansson and Bruno Glenmark if I remember correctly. I read, by accident, just recently that ABBA recorded much of its early music there. Growing up, I did never put much into celebrity or who knew who or who did what etc. For me it was all friends or work-colleagues of mom. As a kid I remember spending quite a lot of time in Glenstudio since mom was involved in a lot of records and artists connected to Glenstudio.
- Anders Glenmark. I remember Anders very fondly, not only from this album, but in general. He probably does not remember me, but given I tagged along with mom on most of her work-things and I was always the only kid, I remember Anders very well given he was always extremely kind. Besides being a nice person it is hard to neglect his work as an artist, producer and song-writer. I think this record was before he started producing artists like Eva Dahlgren, Orup etc and way before he met mainstream fame with GES and the 1994 World Cup song (which he performed, co-wrote and produced) and earlier “Hon har blommor i sitt hår“. I might be wrong on this one, but I think the bass-drum on that song is a sample from him jumping in his kitchen and simultaneously hitting a door, this to get the right sound. Do not take that for a fact though, might be my old brain remembering wrong.
- Anders Eljas. This ABBA-connection I knew. He arranged most of the ABBA albums and was also a known orchestrator. He is a musician on this record.
- Michael B Tretow. Most people today (at least in Sweden) probably know Michael B Tretow for his Swedish song “Den makalösa manicken“, but his true legacy is that he was the sound engineer for most ABBA records and also in the team that build the legendary Polar Studio by the St.Eriks bridge in Stockholm.
- Given it was a kids-record, musicians & singers involved must be considered a bit of overkill (as well as having the above mentioned legends involved). Roffe Alex, Ted Åström etc.
To be honest the only people involved that I really remember is Josefin and Anders Glenmark. I do not even think many of the others where in the studio at the same time as us kids.
My contribution then?
I am one of the kids you hear talk in-between the songs as well as trying to sing the chorus. I did not get any further job offerings from labels or artists, I guess my dent on this album was not enough. Josefin on the other hand seems to have greater success in the industry. Might be worth noting that I still do not play any instrument and I do definitely not sing, not even in the shower. So I have never aspired for a music career. Even if I was just a “kid nearby” and dragged into the studio by mom to make this record, it is still a fun memory.