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Mikael Rickfors Trio - Solhällan
18 Jul at 20:00 - PM22:30
Mikael Rickfors is a legendary name in Swedish pop / rock. Not only for his role as a singer in The Hollies in the seventies, or his classic eighties anthem "Wings for Money", but as one of the country's best rock singers ever. Roughly with an incredible range of tones, Mikael's voice has been compared to the best.
He has written and composed most of his material, sometimes with various co-writers. Many of his songs have been interpreted by world artists. Already as a 19-year-old, Mikael Rickfors showed that he had a voice that could swallow both time and space. He started the Swedish band Bamboo in 1967. Bamboo became relatively popular in Scandinavia. They released two singles - 'Everybody's Gone Home' in 1968 and 'To Know You Is To Love You' in 1969.
In 1971, Mikael replaced singer Allan Clarke in The Hollies. He was discovered by Tony Hicks during one of their Scandinavian tours when Mikael played with Bamboo. He sang on The Hollies' hit single, 'The Baby', which reached number 26 on the UK charts. As their new member, Mikael produced another sound for The Hollies on the albums 'Romany' and 'Out On The Road'.
In 1973 he left The Hollies and had a successful solo career. Mikael's songs have been recorded by many artists over the years. Percy Sledge, Cindy Lauper, Jim Capaldi, Richie Havens, Carlos Santana and of course The Hollies to name a few. In 1988 he released his album 'Vingar' which became an incredible success and still sells well in Sweden's record stores.
In 1990, Mikael teamed up with other Swedish artists to form the band Grymlings. They consisted of Göran Lagerberg, Magnus Lindberg, Pugh Rogerfeldt and Mikael. All the songs on their debut album 'Grymlings' were sung in Swedish. The album was a great success and sold platinum. 'Grymlings' was the name of Mikael's farm on Gotland where he lived for a time.