Sweden’s leading jazz singer has died, at 90

Sweden’s leading jazz singer has died, at 90


norman lebrecht

February 11, 2014

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.


alice babs


  • She was so amazing! Here is a clip of her with an interview (wish I could understand Swedish!) and older TV performances together with the grand old man of Danish jazz violin playing, Svend Asmussen:


    All done live, without playback (one would assume!)

  • Garry Prior says:

    What a delight. Another reason to keep exploring youtube. And Johny Hodges has long been my favourite saxophonist.

    • ruben greenberg says:

      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.

  • Morse says:

    This song is so sweet, i love it