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Olsen Brothers

"Noller" (left) and Jørgen Olsen (right)
Background information
Origin Denmark
Years active 1972 –
Website http://www.olsen-brothers.dk/
Members
Jørgen Olsen
Noller "Niels" Olsen

Olsen Brothers (Danish: Brødrene Olsen) are a Danish rock/pop music duo, and are brothers Jørgen (born March 15, 1950) and "Noller" (Niels, born April 13, 1954) Olsen. They formed their first band, The Kids, in 1965. The Kids warmed up for The Kinks in the K.B. Hallen in 1965 and released their first single in 1967.

Both Jørgen and Niels Olsen participated in the musical Hair in the Cirkusbygningen in Copenhagen March 1971, and went on tour afterwards through Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The Olsen Brothers' first album came out in 1972. To date they have released 12 albums.

Their big hit singles include "Angelina" (1972), "Julie" (1977), "San Francisco" (1978), "Dans Dans Dans" (1979), "Marie, Marie" (1982) and "Neon Madonna" (1985).

After having won the annual Dansk Melodi Grand Prix song competition in 2000 in Copenhagen they went on to represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in Stockholm, where they stormed to a landslide victory with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love" (translated from the Danish Smuk som et Stjerneskud (literally translated, "Beautiful as a Shooting Star"). At one stage, they sold 100,000 copies in one day, in Denmark.

They opened the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen with a short reprise of their winning song from the previous year, followed by a full performance of their new release "Walk Right Back".

In 2005 for the first time since their victory, they re-entered the Danish Melodi Grand Prix, the national pre-selection for the Eurovision contest, with the song "Little Yellow Radio". It was widely reported that they hoped to repeat their triumph; however this time they had to settle for second place, finishing behind Jakob Sveistrup, a student teacher from Odense and former finalist on Danish television's talent competition Stjerne for en aften ("Star for a Night").

Their song Fly on the Wings of Love was nominated as one of the 14 finalists for the 50th anniversary Eurovision concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, at which they also performed.

Discography

  • Olsen (1972)
  • For What We Are (1973)
  • For the Children of the World (1973)
  • Back on the Tracks (1976)
  • You're the One (1977)
  • San Francisco (1978)
  • Dans - Dans - Dans (1979)
  • Rockstalgi (1987)
  • Det Stille Ocean (1990)
  • Greatest and Latest (1994)
  • Angelina (1999)
  • Fly on the Wings of Love (2000)
  • Neon Madonna (2001)
  • Walk Right Back (2001)
  • Songs (2002)
  • Weil Nur Die Liebe Zählt (2003)
  • More Songs (2003)
  • Our New Songs (2005)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Charlotte Nilsson
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2000
Succeeded by
Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL
Preceded by
Michael Teschl & Trine Jepsen
with This Time I Mean It
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
2000
Succeeded by
Rollo & King
with Never Ever Let You Go







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