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Björn Skifs

Name:Björn Nils Olof Skifs
National Finals:Melodifestivalen 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981
ESC Entries:Fångad i en dröm (1981)
Det blir alltid värre framåt natten (1978)


Björn Skifs is a Swedish singer. He began his musical career in 1962 in the band Slam Creepers. He played in this band until 1969. When the band split up, Skifs formed a new band called Blåblus. Beside Björn Skifs, also Anders Berglund, a frequent Eurovision conductor in later years, was a member of the band. In the meanwhile, Skifs took part in Melodifestivalen 1972. In 1973 they decided to change the name into Blue Suede. They rose to international fame with the song “Hooked on a feeling”, which was a number 1 hit in the USA in february 1974. The song also topped the charts in Australia, Canada and the Netherlands.
In 1975, Skifs left the band for a solo career and took part in Melodifestivalen again with the song “Michelangelo”. For his album, he recorded “Med varann”, a duet with Abba’s Annifrid Lyngstad. In 1978, he won melodifestivalen and represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Det blir alltid värre framåt natten”. During the rehearsals, Skifs told everyone that he was going to sing the song in English, which would lead to disqualification. He decided not to do this, but because he concentrated on the English words, he forgot the Swedish ones and started the performance with some words in fake Swedish. In 1981, he participated in the contest again, now with the song “Fångad i en dröm”.
Björn Skifs appeared on the original studio album of the musical “Chess”; a single was released from this musical: “The arbiter (I know the score)”. In the musical, he did not play the role. In 2002, Skifs had a major hit again with the song “Håll mit hjärta”. The single stayed on the Swedish charts for no less than three (!!) years.


Artist:Björn Skifs
Song:Fångad i en dröm
Lyrics:Björn Skifs
Bengt Palmers
Composer(s):Björn Skifs
Bengt Palmers
Conductor:Anders Berglund
Backings:3 musicians, names unknown
Running order:20
Artist:Björn Skifs
Song:Det blir alltid värre framåt natten
Lyrics:Peter Himmelstrand
Composer(s):Peter Himmelstrand
Conductor:Bengt Palmers
Backings:Mikael Rickfors
Peter Lundblad
Running order:20