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Bobbysocks! were a Norwegian pop duo consisting of Norwegian Hanne Krogh and Swedish-Norwegian Elisabeth Andreassen. They won the Eurovision Song Contest 1985 with the song "La det swinge" ("Let it swing").

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Background

The duo was formed in 1983. Both Krogh and Andreassen were frequent Eurovision contestants. Krogh has appeared three times, all for Norway - in 1971 as a soloist, with Bobbysocks! in 1985 and as part of Just 4 Fun in 1991. Andreassen sang for Sweden as one half of Chips in 1982 and after winning with Bobbysocks, teamed up with Jan Werner Danielsen in 1994 and sang solo in 1996. According to John Kennedy O'Connor's The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History Andreassen is one of only four lead artists to sing in the contest on four occasions and is also one of only four artists to finish both first and second in Eurovision (1985 & 1996). [1]

The single "Let it swing" was released on the RCA label outside Scandinavia. It entered the UK singles charts on 25 May 1985, and rose to a high of number 44; it remained in the charts for 4 weeks.[2]

Bobbysocks! were awarded the Peer Gynt Prize in 1985, which is awarded by Stortinget (Norway's parliament).

Bobbysocks! was disbanded in 1988, however, Krogh and Andreassen still appear on stage together. They made a guest appearance at Congratulations, the 50th anniversary Eurovision concert in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2005.

It is awaited for mid April 2010, the release of a compilation with their greatest hits, plus 2 brand new recorded songs. This CD comes to offset in part, the lack of the duo's material in that format, because, and although their 3 original albums were edited on CD when they came out in 1985, 1986 and 1987, nowadays they are almost impossible to find, and only found time to time in norwegian online auctions, like QXL, with very high prices.

Discography

Albums

Compilations

  • 2010: "The Best of Bobbysocks!" (out in April 2010)

See also

References

  1. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  2. ^ Rice, Tim; Rice, Jonathan; Gambaccini, Paul (1990), Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness World Records and Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-398-8 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Herreys
with "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
1985
Succeeded by
Sandra Kim
with "J'aime la vie"
Preceded by
Dollie de Luxe
with "Lenge leve livet"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
1985
Succeeded by
Ketil Stokkan
with "Romeo"

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