THE NORDIC GIRL GROUPS OF THE 1960'S



THE ANGELIQUES   (Sweden)



These three dark-haired beauties got their stagename from the popular series of French "Angelique" books and movies. The Angeliques were formed in Göteborg in 1965 but became better known not until 1968 when they made their first record. They were called as the first female pop group in Göteborg, in spite of the male solo guitarist Jerry Burman, that played with them for a while. In the late 1960's they recorded one single for Cupol, sung in Swedish. The follow-up for Nashville Records was made in English and charted #15 at Swedish Top Singles. The group split up in 1971, and the members continued their careers on their own: Linda Nowitt and Titti Thysell both moved to Malta, and then to Spain and Genevé. Later Nowitt moved to U.S.A., and kept on her music activities. The Angeliques' original line-up consisted of Lisbeth Tenggren (gtr), Jeanette Schultz (gtr), Miriam Thysell (bs) and Titti Thysell (vcl/dms). The 1968 line-up was Linda Nowitt (vcl/gtr), Irene Svensson (bs), Kickie Kristoffersson (keys/vcl) and Jerry Burman (gtr).

CUPOL CS 231ANGELIQUES: Jag Ska Måla Hela Världen Lilla Mamma / Tre Små Flickor   (45rpm single, p/s)  1968 Sweden 
NASVILLE NS 867  ANGELIQUES: Sunshine Boy / You're Easy To Love   (45rpm single, p/s)1968 Sweden
PRESIDENT PR 383  LES ANGELIQUES: Sunshine Boy / You're Easy To Love   (45rpm single, p/s)1968 France
CUPOL CLP 82V/A: BARNENS FAVORITSKIVA   (LP)
Jag Ska Måla Hela Världen Lilla Mamma
1969 Sweden


     

     






THE BUTTERFLIES   (Denmark)



The Butterflies were formed in 1965 by four teenage girls who went to same school (Gråbrødre Skole) in Roskilde, Denmark: Käte Sievert (vcl/rh.gtr), Gitte Christensen (ld gtr), Anne Thorboe (bs) and Karin Borre (dms), who left the group in 1967 and was replaced by Mette Jensen. The Butterflies' first public performance was at the Roskilde youth club on January 8, 1966. In 1968, they appeared first time on record when the Sonet single "Vores Skøre Sommerhus" was released. With the guidance of manager Eugen Tajmer, The Butterflies started getting gig offers around the country, and they also had several steady engagements at big concert halls like Nimb and Tivol in Copenhagen. Later on, they toured in Sweden, Norway, and even in the Faeroe Islands. The group split up in the early 1970s.

SONET T 8305 THE BUTTERFLIES: Vores Skøre Sommerhus / Kom-Kom   (45rpm single, p/s)  1968 Denmark
METRONOME B 1714   KATE & BUTTERFLIES: Hvis Nu Sandheden Skal Frem / Kom Igen Til Mig   (45rpm single, p/s)1969 Denmark 
TOVE 02-09 V/A: COMPLETE PIGTRÅDS COLLECTION, VOL.55  (CD)
Vores Skøre Sommerhus / Kom-Kom
2002 Denmark
ROSKILDE CD1-2 V/A: ROSKILDE ROCK 1962-1972  (2-CD, issued with the book of the same name)
Kom-Kom
2005 Denmark


     

                   

         

         

              

              

         

         

    






THE CIMMATS / THE QUEENS   (Finland)



The girl group phenomenon was remarkably bigger thing in Sweden than in Finland. As a matter of fact, none of the Finnish 1960's girl groups did any recordings. Finland's first and practically the only actual all-female rockgroup The Cimmats was founded in Lahti in 1963. The original line-up featured Leena Huovila (vcl), Ulla Laakkonen (gtr), Onerva "One" Niemeläinen (bs), and Arja Salminen (dms). The idea of forming the band came from Salminen and Niemeläinen when they once met some members of another Lahti rock group The Loafers at the street who bragged about their recently recorded single. None of the Cimmats members had played any instruments before, and all the equipment they needed were purchased by debt financing. Salminen had always admired the looks of drums so she became drummer. Niemeläinen who had already studied music theory, choosed the bass. Their exercise place became a 2-store building located at the harbor of Vesijärvi lake which the City of Lahti had rented for band activities. While other musicians training at the same house once teached the girls the basics, the public reception was eventually surprisingly positive.

The Cimmats - with their rock-oriented repertoire mainly consisted of cover material from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Renegades - began touring widely around the country causing sometimes even a sort of fan hysteria. It's been told that in some cases they even had to turn to local police or fire brigade to leave the concert venue safely. Besides the manager Kari "Brian" Havia (nicknamed of course after Brian Epstein), they usually used to have a few male musicians from Lahti as their escorts.

The Cimmats were also often seen in the Finnish newspapers and magazines. Most importantly, they managed to do a live television appearance at the "Me Nuoret" program in Suomen TV on October 23, 1964 (in some program credits they were mistakenly titled as The Cimmads).

The vocalist Huovila was later replaced by Ulla Juutilainen, and she was again replaced by Pipsa Pöykkö. Also Aila Toikkanen (rh.gtr) joined the group which in 1965 changed its name to The Queens (the original name began gradually sounding improper as it didn't actually mean anything).

Although The Cimmats/Queens received a couple of recording contract offers, they all were refused. The group broke up in the winter of 1966-1967 due to further studies and family lives. Salminen however continued performing occasionally with restaurant dance orchestras and Pöykkö and Toikkanen sang at the municipal theatre's choir. Also Niemeläinen started later singing again but in karaokes mostly. All four ladies made a succesful reunion gig in September 2005 at the gala concert titled "Hei Lahti - 100 Lasissa" with accompaniment of guitarist Erkki Karmakka and basist Markku Korpiovaara. Parts of the show is available as a DVD. The fifth original member Ulla Laakkonen lives nowadays in Germany.

TAPANI RIPATTI #  V/A: GONZO ROCK, LAHTIBEATIN HISTORIA - LYHYT OPPIMÄÄRÄ : KONSERTTI LAHDEN SIBELIUSTALOSSA 30.9.2005  (DVD) 
2005 Finland 


          






THE CRAZY WOMEN   (Denmark)



Formed in Viby and Taastrup, Denmark by Judith Østergaard Andersen (vcl/rh.gtr) and Inge Lise "Nice" Glymov (bs). The band, originally named as The Sunny Girls, was completed by vocalist/solo guitarist Marianne Wrona and drummer Susanne Werge in May 1967. After finding out that there was already a band in Sweden of the same name, they became The Crazy Women. In 1968, they once again had to change their name to The Funny Girls due to the fact that Wrona was at time suffering actual mental problems. During the same year, she was replaced at first by Lissi Dam Ottosen, then in 1969 by Gitte Svensson. Eventually The Funny Girls continued as a trio (Østergaard, Glymov, Werge) until 1970. Afterwards, both Glymov and Østergaard toured with Michael Julin's Maniacs as 'Nice, Mick & Maniacs'.

ROSKILDE CD1-2 V/A: ROSKILDE ROCK 1962-1972   (2-CD, issued with the book of the same name)
Hey Joe / You've Lost That Loving Feeling / Carrie Ann
2005 Denmark
GRUFUS RECORDS HOT 3 V/A: AMERICA'S HOTTEST GARAGE ROCK SONGS - PERFORMED BY DANISH SIXTIES GARAGE ROCK BANDS   (CD)
I'm A Believer / Little Bit Of Soul / Hey Joe
2006 Denmark
GRUFUS RECORDS HOT 4 V/A: SPENCER DAVIS GROUP, HOTTEST HITS - PERFORMED BY DANISH GARAGE-ROCK BANDS   (CD)
Gimme Some Lovin'
2006 Denmark







THE DANDY GIRLS   (Norway)



The Dandy Girls from Hønefoss were one of very few girl groups in Norway in the 1960's. The group (formed in 1964) comprised of 3 Norwegian and 2 Swiss girls: Inger Thragerthon (vocals/lead guitar/clarinet/tenor saxophone), Marit Hurum (rhythm guitar/vocals/alto saxophone), Anne Skotland (vocals/bass/C-flute) and Torill Bakken (drums/vocals). Tragethon left the group in 1967, and she was replaced by Rosemarie Eggli (vocals/lead guitar/tenor saxophone) and Gaby Taüber (vocals/tambourine/trombone/keyboards). They recorded two singles on Manu Records, appeared in the Norwegian movie "Broder Gabrielsen" (1966, directed by Nils R. Müller), and criss-crossed Norway playing dance halls and clubs in the mid 1960's. Their tour schedule reportedly also took them abroad to countries such as Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Iran, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, The Philipines and Indonesia. The Dandy Girls disbanded in 1969.

MANU MA-123   To You / Anne Scott   (45rpm single, p/s)  1966 Norway
MANU MA-131   Heitan Og Håtan / Rim-Timme-Tim   (45rpm single, p/s)  1966 Norway 


     






THE KAYS   (Sweden)



These four girls came all from the Adolf Frediks Musikskola (music school), Stockholm. Kay Svanerud was the most experienced of them, having already toured with the Mascots in 1962, and also working with Ernie Tune & the Boys. When Ernie Tune had a recording session, asked the producer if Kay wanted also to show her singer's talents on record. She formed a quartet with Christel Gaimer, Kerstin Ringneus, and Kristina Adolfsson (the sister of the Mascots' Rolf Adolfsson). The Kays became soon Sweden's answer to the Supremes, performed in television, got tv-offerings from Finland and Norway, and even got Americans interested of them. Unfortunately, the managing company wanted them to sing in Swedish, so that meant goodbye for the overseas success. After two Swedish singles in 1965, Adolfsson left the group to concentrate to her studies and Svanerud followed her. The Kays continued some time with new singers Siw Stålholm and Viona Oldstam, but the group was already history before the year was over.

FONTANA 271 226 TF Flipped Over You / Oh What A Love   (45rpm single)1963 Sweden
FONTANA 271 230 TF What If Johnny Says No / Sally Go 'Round The Roses   (45rpm single)1964 Sweden
FONTANA 466 269 TE THE KAYS   (EP, p/s)
Flipped Over You / Oh, What A Love / Sally Go 'Round The Roses / What If Johnny Says No
1964 Sweden
FONTANA 271 244 TF Glömma / Gudars Skymning Dé Va' Roligt   (45rpm single, p/s, with Sven-Walldoffs Orkester) 1965 Sweden
FONTANA 271 246 TF Sommarbrud (White On White) / Ta En Titt På Stan   (45rpm single, p/s, with Music Five) 1965 Sweden
MERCURY 6618 010 V/A: ROCKIN' MEMORIES   (LP)
Flipped Over You
1978 Sweden
RAINBOW/STAR-CLUB/TRIOLA HOVA CD 92 V/A: HOVA RECORD FAIR 92   (CD)
Flipped Over You
1992 Sweden
KARRUSELL 551 555-2 V/A: DET VAR BÄTTRE FÖRR   (3-CD)
Flipped Over You
1995 Sweden
EMI 4751572 V/A: STORA POPBOXEN   (3-CD)
What If Johnny Says No
1995 Sweden
PREMIUM PUBLISHING BOX 017   V/A: STORA SCHLAGERBOXEN 1954-69, VOL.2   (4-CD)
Flipped Over You
2009 Sweden 


     






MAK LES SOEURS   (Sweden)



The key persons of MAK Les Soeurs, Agneta Wigforss (vcl/gtr), Margareta Hamrefors (vcl/gtr) and Karin Hamrefors (vcl/gtr), used to know each other since their childhood. All three had moved to Mölndal in the early 1960's and a few years later they headed to Göteborg (Gothenburg) for studies. To earn money they were working at the music club called Rondos, and since 1964 they were also performing there. The group's name comprised of the first letter of each member's first name added with the French word for 'sisters'. After winning the 4th place in a song contest in Göteborg, they managed to sign the record deal with Cupol Records. Also Cupol's subsidiary label Ariola in Germany released some of their records sung by German. MAK Les Soeurs' final recordings were made in 1969 and they appeared on stage for the last time in the early 1970's.

CUPOL CS 45/156 Mitt Liv / Förlåt Mig   (45rpm single)1966 Sweden
CUPOL CS 45/165 Solens Hus / En Vacker Sommardag   (45rpm single)1966 Sweden
ARIOLA 19 098 AT Wohin Die Liebe Fällt (Lovers Of The World Unite) / Wenn Das So Leicht Wär'   (45rpm single)1966 Germany
CUPOL CS 45/173 Ler Paris / Bara Du Förstår   (45rpm single)1966 Sweden
CUPOL CLP 33/30 MAK LES SOEURS   (LP)
Förlåt Mig / Many Thousands Gone / En Vacker Sommardag / Act Naturally / Solens Hus / I Still Miss Someone / Snart Över / Once More / Kanske Du Liksom Jag / Min Gamla Stad / This Land Is Your Land / Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa / Min Lilla Vän
1966 Sweden
CUPOL CS 45/176 Kärlek Finns Det Överallt / Det Är Besvärligt   (45rpm single)1967 Sweden
ARIOLA 19 644 AT Sunshine (in German) / Weisse Wolken Und Blaue Wogen   (45rpm single)1967 Germany
CUPOL CS 45/206 Vita Skyar Och Blå Vågor / Solsken   (45rpm single)1967 Sweden
CUPOL CS 45/207 Plocka Vill Jag Skogsviol / Vårvindar Friska   (45rpm single)1967 Sweden
CUPOL CS 45/221 Lyssna Till Musiken / Flickan Hon Önskar   (45rpm single)1968 Sweden
JF RECORDS FRES 0568 Minns Du? / Låt Ej Vardagen Bli Trist!   (45rpm single)1969 Sweden
EMI 4751572 V/A: STORA POPBOXEN   (3-CD)
Sunshine
1995 Sweden


           






THE NURSERY RHYMES   (Sweden)



The story of Nursery Rhymes was born when the vocalist Marie Selander and the guitarist/vocalist Inger Jonsson met each other in October 1963 in Arlanda during the Beatles' first visit in Sweden. With Jonsson's schoolmate Gunilla Karlow (bs/vcl), they first started performing as the Dimples. In January 1965 they became the Nursery Rhymes (named after a Bo Diddley-song), and besides these three, the line-up also consisted of Noni Tellbrandt (gtr/vcl) and Birgitta Nordgren (dms). The Nursery Rhymes were - naturally - very popular stage act around Stockholm, doing raw blues-stuff like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and so on, but because they were just five beautiful c. 18-year old girls, the entertainment business didn't necessarily treat them very kindly. Be that as it may, they still were one of the first Swedish bands (and definitely the first Swedish girl-group) ever to tour in England, and they also had a great time in France, Austria, Spain, and Germany as well, sharing stages with such names as the Who, the Kinks, the Four Tops and the Temptations, and performing at the same tv programs with the Spencer Davis Group, Simon & Garfunkel etc. In Finland the Nursery Rhymes visited at Fall of 1966, appearing at the "Nuorten Tanssihetki" tv show.

Despite their bluesrock image, the Nursery Rhymes' recording material was based on quite typical mainstream pop-songs. They were also offered to make recordings in France, but because of having faith in their own musical skills, they turned the deal down: the company wanted to record their vocals only, not any instruments. By 1967, the Nursery Rhymes finally got tired of the wretchedness of the male-oriented music-life, and broke the band up.

ODEON SD 5990 Peaches And Cream / Nowhere To Run   (45rpm single, p/s)1966 Sweden
ODEON SD 5994 Heat Wave / Dancing In The Street   (45rpm single, p/s)1966 Sweden
POLYDOR NH 59743-ST We're Gonna Hate Ourselves In The Morning / Jiving Teen   (45rpm single, p/s) 1967 Sweden
POLYDOR SPECIAL LPHS 236 135   V/A: BEAT CLUB '67   (LP)
We're Gonna Hate Ourselves In The Morning
1967 Sweden
SONET SLPD-2641 V/A: SWEDISH GRAFFITI, VOL.3   (2-LP)
We're Gonna Hate Ourselves In The Morning
1980 Sweden
SONET BOX-046 V/A: SWEDISH GRAFFITI   (LP-boxset)
We're Gonna Hate Ourselves In The Morning
1981 Sweden
KARRUSSELL 551 555-2 V/A: DET VAR BÄTTRE FÖRR   (3-CD)
We're Gonna Hate Ourselves In The Morning
1995 Sweden 


           

        

        

        

     

     

     

     

     






THE PEARLETTES   (Sweden)



It wasn't any wonder, where the Pearlettes' name came from: their early idols were Ray Charles' female backing group the Raelettes, and the manager Arthur Österwall used to describe them as "real pearls". The Pearlettes' story started out around 1964, when these three Stockholm girls, Jane Sannemo, Marianne Törnqvist and Annika Norström, began to perform with their own rhythm-group Les Apaches. Before this, Sannemo had already sung with Tuttan Skiffle and Törnqvist with Kingside-Cabaré. In 1966 they made the musical score for the Swedish motion picture "Tre Små Grisar", and recorded altogether four singles by 1968, when Sannemo left the group and concentrated on dancing. She was replaced by the ex-childsinger Lena Conradsson, and the new line-up toured with Robban Broberg in 1968, before the final broke-up later at the same year.

SWE-DISC SWES 1127 Donna, Donna / When You Walk In The Room   (45rpm single, p/s, with Les Apaches) 1966 Sweden 
SUNSET RECORDS SSR 9   Somewhere / Dancing In The Street   (45rpm single, p/s, with Popsiders)1966 Sweden
CUPOL CS 45/144 Carole & Kettil med Pearlettes: Regnlåten / Min Längtan   (45rpm single, p/s)1966 Sweden
CUPOL CS 45/200 Tala Är Silver / På Allvar   (45rpm single, p/s)1967 Sweden
CUPOL CS 45-229 Jag Är Kär / Charlie Brown   (45rpm single, p/s)1968 Sweden
PREMIUM PUBLISHING BOX 017   V/A: STORA SCHLAGERBOXEN 1954-69, VOL.2   (4-CD)
When You Walk In The Room
2009 Sweden 






THE PLAYMATES   (Norway)



The Playmates came from Trondheim, Norway. The group included Rigmor Østmo (lead vocals), Inger Lise Rasmussen (lead guitar), Berit Lange (bass) and Irene Lund (drums). The Playmates released a single on Continental records in 1967, but it went absolutely nowhere and the group broke up the year after. Then in 1975 the girls got together again and recorded an album and a single for Philips Records. Success seemed elusive, though, and the band split up again after only a brief time.

CONTINENTAL CTL 1004   Gi Ikke Opp / Bare Gå   (45rpm single)  1967 Norway
MERCURY 9114 004   MEET THE PLAYMATES   (LP)  1975 Norway 
PHILIPS 6084 057   Wait And See / Leavin' For Love   (45rpm single, p/s)  1976 Norway 
SOLID ROCK SRL 02   V/A: TRONDHJAEM, TRONDHJAEM   (LP)
A Love Like Ours (1967 recording)
1987 Norway 
BACKSTAGE BR 002-03   V/A: TRONDHJAEM, TRONDHJAEM   (CD)
A Love Like Ours (1967 recording)
2003 Norway 








THE PLOMMONS   (Sweden)



The way the Plommons' story began, was quite unusual: Maud Lindqvist and Eva Håkanson were on their way back home one night, when they met a journalist, who thought the girls were rock musicians, because they were carrying guitars. Although Lindqvist was just trying to teach Håkanson to play, they couldn't resist telling a little white lie to the newsman. A while after this occasion, they actually formed a group and named it the Plommons, featuring Lindqvist on guitar/lead vocals, Eva "Plommon" Håkanson on bass/vocals and Eva Kroon on drums. In 1965, the Plossoms got a chance to perform at Gröna Lund, but there was a demand, that the group had to be a quartet. That's how the keyboardist Ingrid Granelli joined them. In the beginning it seemed to work out just fine: At Fall 1965 they performed in "Drop In" program, and in the early 1966 came out their debut-single. At this point the group's members were extremely optimistic 'bout their future and long-living career. Still, already by the end of 1966, were both Lindqvist and Granelli quitted (and were replaced by Helena Thunholm:gtr/vcl and Carina Fredriksson:keys/vcl), and at Spring 1967 the Plossoms broke up. Some of them continued with Suzie & the Sunnygirls, that became later known just as the Sunnygirls, after Suzie had left the group and continued as a solo artist.

ODEON SD 5988 Hungry For Love / Last Train To Liverpool   (45rpm single, p/s)  1966 Sweden
ODEON SD 5993 Are You Sure / Da Doo Ron Ron   (45rpm single, p/s)1966 Sweden
RADIO MISTLUREN PRO 5001  V/A: PACKAGE OF SOUND   (LP)
Last Train To Liverpool
1966 Sweden 
HEP HOUSE HS 14 Malaika / Du Som Kan Le Åt Allt   (45rpm single, p/s)1967 Sweden
SONET SLPD-2584 V/A: SWEDISH GRAFFITI, VOL.2   (2-LP)
Malaika
1976 Sweden
EMI 7C 138-35694 M V/A: DU SKULLE VART MÉ!   (2-LP)
Da Doo Ron Ron
1979 Sweden
SONET BOX-046 V/A: SWEDISH GRAFFITI   (LP-boxset)
Malaika
1981 Sweden
PREMIUM PUBLISHING BOX 017   V/A: STORA SCHLAGERBOXEN 1954-69, VOL.2   (4-CD)
Last Train To Liverpool
2009 Sweden 
PLOMMONS #   THE PLOMMONS   (CD)
Do The Locomotion / Sealed With A Kiss / Dancing In The Street / Breaking Up Is Hard To Do / Tennessee Waltz / I Will Follow Him / Be MY Baby / Save The Last Dance For Me / Last Train To Liverpool / One Way Ticket / Stupid Cupid / Who Put The Bomp / Poetry In Motion
(new recordings)
2011 Sweden 


           

     

           

        

     







RINGA & KAKSOSET   (Finland)



Ringa & Kaksoset (=twins) was a group of three 14-year old girls from Helsinki suburbs, who started singing together in January 1966, after the lead singer Hannele "Ringa" Rinne had got herself a guitar as a Christmas present. Ringa & Kaksoset (Merja and Arja Lehtimäki) stood out from other singing girls by performing Supremes-type American soul-pop instead of typical folk standards. In early 1967 they took part in the Scandia Records' test singing event, and apparently managed to convince the label's management. By May 1967, Ringa, Merja and Arja had already recorded two songs, which were to be their first single release: "Lähden Pois" was a Finnish translation of Lesley Gore's "I'm Going Out" and "Yksin" a pop-song written by Ringa herself.

During the time the record came out at Fall 1967, a famous reporter Erkki Pälli made a 2-page interview about the girls for the Iskelmä magazine. The article creates a positive vision of new Finnish music sensations. Pälli takes their changes in the record business actually quite promisingly, and forecasts them succesful times to come. However, Ringa & Kaksoset never achieved any national success, and after another single made in April 1968 with soul-pop group Soulset for Star Records, and one Ringa's solo record for Love Records in 1969, they gradually disappeared from the people's consiousness.

SCANDIA KS 701 RINGA JA KAKSOSET: Kun Lähden Pois (-I'm Going Out-) / Yksin   (45rpm single)1967 Finland
SCANDIA SEP 217 V/A: NELJÄ ISKELMÄÄ   (EP)
Ringa ja Kaksoset: Kun Lähden Pois (-I'm Going Out-)
1967 Finland
STAR SW 1014 RINGA JA KAKSOSET, PARONI PAAKKUNAISEN SOULSET: Kunhan Maksat Kyytisi (-Surrounded By A Ray Of Sunshine-) / Pitkin, poikin (-Bend Me, Shape Me-)   (45rpm single)1968 Finland
LOVE LRS 1030 RINGA: Huomaan Maa Jo Elää (-It's Getting Better-) / Suljin Silmät (-Never Leave Me-)   (45rpm single)1969 Finland
EMI FINLAND/PARLOPHONE 094639003327   V/A: HEI VAIN MY ONLY ONE - WESTERLUND & EMI YEARS, PART ONE   (2-CD)
RINGA JA KAKSOSET: Kunhan Maksat Kyytisi
2007 Finland 


        

        






THE SUNNYGIRLS   (Sweden)



The Sunnygirls were formed to the foundations of the ex-Plommons in 1967. At first they were Suzie & the Sunnygirls, but Suzie's (Watson) solo career made her soon to leave the band. Also the original guitarist Helena Thunholm resigned herself, and she was replaced by Carina Leijd, who, besides she was couple of years younger than the rest of the group, became their solo-singer. However, they all (but the drummer Annika Degermann) did sing. Those other original members were Maud Lindqvist (bs/vcl) and Carina Fredriksson (keys/vcl). When the Sunnygirls' manager changed to Roland Ferneborg, they were reinforced by the saxophonists Ann-Christine Carlsson and Ninnie Andersson.

In the late 1960s the Sunnygirls toured in Mexico, and performed there once to an audience of 30,000! Another Swedish group the Moonlighters was also there, and these guys helped the Sunnygirls on their second single-release "Proud Mary". They even had performances in U.S.A. (for instance in Las Vegas), and they continued till the mid 1970s with several different line-ups, but without the original members, when the last of them, Leijd and Fredriksson formed a new group called Mixed Six. So, what about Suzie then? She was born as Maria Pereboom in Holland in 1946, took part in amateur-contest in Finland when she was nine years old, traveled around Europe, and finally settled down in Sweden. In 1963 she got the record deal with Sonet, and beginning from "Johnny Loves Me", she succeeded especially in Germany and other Middle European countries. After a short period with the Sunnygirls, she got another hit-seller with "Walkin' Back To Happiness", but then in 1971, after 31 singles, 8 EP's and several compilations, she decided to back away from the frontline of music business.

SWE-DISC SWES 1224   From A Distance / What's The Reason   (45rpm single, p/s) 1968 Sweden 
POLYDOR NH 59783 Tell Mama / Proud Mary   (45rpm single, p/s)1969 Sweden
POLYDOR 2053 029 Something / Band Of Gold   (45rpm single)1970 Sweden
DISCOPHON S-5134 (p/s) I Can't Turn You Loose / Tighter And Tighter   (45rpm single, p/s, issued as by 'Sunnygirls of Sweden')1971 Spain
PREMIUM PUBLISHING BOX 017   V/A: STORA SCHLAGERBOXEN 1954-69, VOL.2   (4-CD)
What's The Reason
2009 Sweden 


        

        






THE WOOPS   (Sweden)



The Woops was a group of four girls from Malmö: Laila Larsson (vcl/bs), Lisbeth Regnér (gtr), Mary-Ann Micha (gtr) and Agneta Engström (dms). Originally formed as the Black Cats in 1965, they managed to record just one song ("Why") during their couple of years' trip in the Swedish band-scene: an advertisement-EP of Metro-Club, produced by a clothing company Marty. The Woops performed lots of Tamla Motown-stuff, and at least Agneta Engström continued as a musician.

METRO CLUB ME 0101   V/A: METRO CLUB PRESENTERAR   (EP, p/s) 
Why
1966 Sweden 





                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Olaf Owre | Thor G. Norås

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