Filmed: October 1963
Location: Karlaplansstudion, Stockholm, Sweden
Broadcast: Saturday 26 October 1963, 20:00-20:30, SVT, Sweden
Release status: Unreleased
Shown in: Sweden
Plats på scen = On Stage
In 1963, Björn's mother Aina entered his group, The West Bay Singers, into an amateur national talent contest - Plats på scen.
It attracted the attention of Bengt Bernhag and Stig Anderson from the recently-formed record company Polar Music and The West Bay Singers were asked to send them a demo tape. Shortly afterwards The West Bay Singers signed with Polar.
Bengt and Stig were actually interested in a group who sang in Swedish, so they persuaded the group to enter the contest with a Swedish song. According to Bengt and Stig this would be an advantage as most acts at the time sang in English. They also persuaded the group to change their name to The Hootenanny Singers.
This talent contest, arranged by Sveriges Radio, had gone through a couple of semi-finals on the radio before this semi-final, which was the first to be broadcast on TV.
The Hootenanny Singers performed Jag vänter vid min mila. The group and Birgitta Holmner were the acts that were voted to go on from this group of semi-finalists. In two further semi-finals, held in November and December, the other acts for the finals (to be held in January 1964) were to be selected.
The Hootenanny Singers were proclaimed joint winners in the final of Plats på scen in January 1964. Jag väntar vid min mila became their début single and the first hit for both the group and for Polar Music.
This programme no longer exists in the SVT archives.
Click here for a TV listing from Halden Arbeiderblad - 26 November 1963, p.5
This was Björn's first TV appearance.
Next: Plats på scen (Björn) - 1964
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