Deejays came to Sweden from England in 1963 as a result of the exchange program between the two countries. If a English band wanted to tour in Sweden a Swedish band was sent over to the British Islands to do a tour as well. Deejays didn’t just make that tour but stayed in Sweden for over five years. They recorded several singles and two albums, and was number one on the charts two times. This track is from the Swedish Radio show “Tonårskväll” (Teenage Night), probably broadcasted in 1965. The band plays a cover, or as it was called at the time “plankning” (planking), on The Kinks song “I’m a hog for you baby”. Deejays was one of the best live bands you could see at the time in Sweden. Virtuosos on their instrument and with their British origin the vocals didn’t have the stumbling pronunciations. Deejays wasn’t alone to do Scandinavia as their new home for fame, Finland had The Renegades and Denmark The Red Squares. Today it’s only the drummer Erle Morgan who still lives in Sweden.
This is Swedish Beat & Psych
Discover the music that hit the people of Sweden in the 1960s. It was coming from the ground, just like the name of the Lee Kings’ song, and it could be raw, explosive and damn good. Other times naive, childish and inferior copies of the British beat. It seems that every kid in the 1960′s was standing and beating on the guitar in a garage. Pretending to be Beatles or Stones, with a few exceptions that found their inspiration elsewhere. The lucky ones made a record deal and got out on the road to perform in clubs and stages all over this elongated country. So came the Summer of love and the music turned wilder, beat became psychedelic. This site tries to cover some of the beat and psych era in Sweden between 1964 – 1972. Writing and collecting what is possible. Almost like the beat fans did in scrapbooks full of admiraton, love and affection. Do you have something to contribute? Don’t hesitate to contact me.
Swedish Beat & Psych
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