Moviestar – Harpo – 1975

harpo-moviestar-1975Who remembers this one? Probably not many of us – but it was a hit back in 1975; Harpo’s groovy,  Moviestar.

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  • Jan Harpo Torsten Svensson was born in Stockholm, Sweden and began his entertainment career as an actor in children’s theatre.
  • To kill time while touring, he began to write songs – to cut the long story short, in 1972, he signed a recording contract with Stig Anderson who assigned him to in-house record producers, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus aka ABBA.
  • harpo-1Benny and Björn were contracted to help Harpo with an album of his children’s songs in Swedish.  It all fell apart and Stig released Harpo from the contract.
  • Harpo almost immediately signed with EMI releasing two singles in 1973 which both became smash hits on the Swedish singles charts.
  • A number of other songs followed, one, Moviestar, achieved hit status throughout Europe and further afield.
  • In 1978, Harpo released the previously planned children’s album and an album of his favourite rock and roll songs; both in Swedish.
  • By 1980, he was ready for mainstream pop again.  Harpo signed to Mickie Most’s label, RAK and released one single, She Loves It Too.
  • Combining horse training with his musical career, Harpo had an accident in 1980. Starter, one of his horses, kicked Harpo in the face several times resulting in him losing the sense of smell and the sight in one eye. To show there were no hard feelings, Harpo dedicated his next album to his horse, Starter.
  • Harpo continued to record and produce music throughout the 80s and 90s.  Even as recently as 2005, he released an album of new material.
  • Harpo continues to tour today and remains popular in Germany.

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  • harpo-2Moviestar was written and performed by Swedish pop singer Harpo.
  • It was recorded on 27 February 1975, and features Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) from ABBA on backing vocals.
  • Moviestar reached #1 on the Swedish charts and #24 on the UK charts.  It also topped the charts in Norway, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
  • In July 1976, a Swedish language version of Moviestar was released.  It also reached #1.
  • The song has been covered by a number of little known bands and was used on the Swedish TV Channel TV4 the mid-90s for Nissan commercials.
  • Moviestar lyrics.

moviestar –harpo – 1975 – video

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2 Responses to Moviestar – Harpo – 1975

  1. Warren Purdy says:

    Yikes. Yes – I remember it. Not a song either of us ever liked though surely to goodness. This is the kind of tosh that we needed the Sex Pistols and The Damned (and Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds) to destroy with a safety pinned sneer a year later!!

    I tried, but I could only get half way through that video (cheap and tackiness personified).

    BTW – Harpo was never ‘groovy’.

    Okay – I’m off to listen to some Ted Nugent to cleanse the palate.

    • Greg.K. says:

      What can I say?
      Yes, it is rather banal – but even the banality of the 70s must be acknowledged.
      PS – it’s strange the musical moods we go through – I’ve been listening non-stop to The Cure of late…
      PPS – once again interesting the “similar” songs WordPress throws up…

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