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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ola And The Janglers - Lime Light (1966 sweden, marvelous r 'n' b, beat psych, Vinyl issue)

The group was formed in 1962 in Stockholm and called The Janglers. When Ola Håkansson joined the band in 1963  changed the name to Ola and The Janglers. At that time members were Ola, vocals, Ake Eldsäter. bass, John Olsson. organ, Christer Idering. guitar and Leif Johansson on drums. Idering  replaced in December 1965 by Claes "Clabbe" Af Geijer, who also became the group's songwriter. 

In spring 1964, the group won the second place in Nalens Pop Artists Competition  and also appears in several gigs. Their first single was Little Girl with I'll Stand By  Your Side B side released on the label, Warner Brothers. 

Ola and The Janglers breakthrough came in early 1965 when  single She's Not There was released on record label Gazell.  It went up on the Top Ten in on March 27 at 10th place.  In  September it was time for No No No on both Top Ten  and Kvällstoppen with a 5th place as best in Top Ten. 

Their first number one came through "Clabbes" song Land of a  1000 Dances which entered the Top Ten March 5, 1966  and remained for 8 weeks. And it was during 1966 as Ola and The Janglers was in class with the Hep Stars, Shane and Tages  in popularity. Six singles were released this year, including five  ended up on the Top Ten and four in the evening peak. 

Their third album, released in late 1966 with  titled Limelight.  Ola and The Janglers was at its peak during 1966 and 1967 released five singles in 1967 and two LPs.   

In 1968 they recorded  a version of Chris Montez’s hit Let's Dance, another Top Ten. Let's Dance also became the band's biggest hit and the first Swedish  pop hit in U.S. (Billboard  Hot 100 in May 1969), reached at #93  and stayed three weeks on  top100.

Even so that wasn’t enough to keep the band together for a long time, after couple of singles the band call it quits in 1971.

PS. Yesterday was a sad day for me. I lost my best friend (bloodbrother) -he was 52y- a great man and remarkable musician, guitar palyer. This is dedicated to his memory. Thank you Pavlos, for all the good time we lived together,  all the music we enjoyed together, you're are now  part of Heaven's big band.

1. Light Of Lime (Claes "Clabbe" Af Geijerstam) - 3:06
2. Mary Come Home (J. Olsson, C. Af Geijerstam) - 2:42
3. Now I Like Her (J. Olsson, C. Af Geijerstam) - 2:16
4. No One Knows What Happens Round The Corner (C. Af Geijerstam) - 2:28
5. How Come (J. Olsson, C. Af Geijerstam) - 2:27
6. Poetry In Motion (Paul Kaufman, Mike Anthony) - 2:35
7. Alex Is The Man (C. Af Geijerstam) - 2:53
8. Chained And Bound (Otis Redding) - 3:22
9. Our Love (C. Af Geijerstam) - 1:56
10.Bird's Eye View Of You (C. Af Geijerstam) - 3:11
11.Heart (J. Olsson, C. Af Geijerstam) - 2:19
12.We've Got A Groovy Thing Goin' (Paul Simon) - 2:14

Ola And The Janglers
*Ola Håkansson - Vocals, Tambourine, Maraccas
*Claes "Clabbe" Af Geijerstam - Guitar
*Johannes Olsson - Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Vibes, Harp
*Åke Eldsäter - Bass
*Leif Johansson - Drums

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