Sweden’s leading jazz singer has died, at 90

Alice Babs was the first non-opera singer to be awarded the title Royal Court Singer (hovsångerska). She represented her country at Eurovision in 1958 with  “Lilla stjärna” (“Little Star”). As a sideline, she sang some early Swedish and Elizabethan folksongs. In her genre, she’s right up there with Birgit.

 

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    • The Duke and his Ellingtonians all loved Alice Babs; even the gruffest among them (Cootie Williams!). This clip was filmed shortly before Johnny Hodges’ death and he plays as beautifully as ever on it. R.I.P. Alice Babs; a wonderful singer and a wonderful person.

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