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Lill-Babs (1976)

Lill-Babs , bourgeois Barbro Margareta Svensson (born March 9, 1938 in Järvsö , Ljusdal municipality ; † April 3, 2018 ) was a Swedish pop singer and actress. The name means "little babs". Your German record company Polydor always wrote her name without a hyphen.


At the age of 15, Lill-Babs, who was already enthusiastic about American music films as a child, was discovered as a singer by Simon Brehm . He engaged the young girl in early 1954 for one of his Volkspark tours. In the same year Lill-Babs' radio debut and her first shellac record with the title Min mammas boogie followed . In the following years she published numerous Swedish cover versions of American hits such as Que Sera, Sera or Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me on record . In 1960, the popular teenage star with the title Är du kär i mig ännu, written by Stikkan Anderson , reached Klas-Göran? Number 1 in the Swedish charts . In 1961, Babs represented her home country at the Grand Prix Eurovision with the title April, April , which however only made it to one of the lower places.

Lill-Babs (2013)

In the same year, the German music manager Stefan von Baranski tried to get Lill-Babs on the German music market. He negotiated a contract with Germany's leading record company Polydor . The title Where do I find the man? Composed by Werner Scharfenberger and Fini Busch . , which appeared on their first German single in May 1961, was used in the TV show Too Young to Be Blond and in the hit film Isola Bella . In the first half of the 1960s, numerous other singles appeared in Germany, but they did not make it into the hit lists. Lill-Babs often appeared in television shows on German television, such as B. in Scandinavian import , there are two (with Thomas Fritsch ) or 12 × 2 in a big city (with Peter Kraus ). Babs also went on tours with Max Greger and Hazy Osterwald , where their live performances were recognized.

Her relationship with her fellow singer Peter Kraus , with whom she recorded two duet singles and toured the GDR in 1964 , made headlines . The relationship ended in the mid-1960s. While Polydor let the record contract with Lill-Babs expire in 1966 and no other German record company was interested in her, she remained a sought-after star in Sweden. There she went on tour in 1969, appeared as the leading actress in the musical Annie Get Your Gun in 1974 and stood in 1977 with Sammy Davis Jr. on stage during his Scandinavian tour. From 1995 onwards, Lill-Babs appeared several times in a big stage show with her colleagues Siw Malmkvist , Wencke Myhre and Ann-Louise Hanson .

In Germany she was unable to build on earlier successes with comeback attempts such as the long-playing record Willkommen auf Erden , published in 1976 .

As the singer's daughter announced, Lill-Babs died shortly after her 80th birthday after she had been diagnosed with cancer shortly before.

German singles

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
I lyxförpackning - Det bästa
  SE 21st 05/21/2004 (3 weeks)
Här är jag
  SE 58 12/08/2005 (1 week)
Älskade ängel (with Heman Hunters)
  SE 39 01/13/1995 (2 weeks)
  • Where can i find the man? / Tonight in the starlight , 1961
  • Amore, Amore, Amore / Good-Bye Cowboy , 1961
  • Yes, Mister Superman / But you , 1961
  • Blue Boy / Heja, heja a sombrero , 1962
  • That's what love does / Because it's so beautiful with you (with Peter Kraus), 1962
  • We young people / Tschau, Tschau - Auf Wiederseh'n (with Ted Herold ), 1962
  • Holl-Dolly-Day / Even the smallest sparrow knows that, 1962
  • Believe in me / That I love you , 1963
  • Baby, let your worries be worries / Little ship on a long journey , 1963
  • One more time and one more time / Belle Mademoiselle , 1963
  • Sun, pizza and amore / My darling is loyal to me (with Peter Kraus), 1964
  • Wow Wow Wee / Hand on Heart, Mon Ami , 1964
  • That's how all men are / But then came Rosamaria , 1965
  • Hopsassa / Who saw my Jo? , 1965
  • Weekend and sun / others are just as dear as you , 1966
  • Welcome to earth / Sleep a my child , 1976

Filmography (selection)


  • Manfred Günther, Günter Lotz: A name like music: the Polydor singles Germany, 1953 - 1970 . Bear Family Records, Hambergen, 2001, ISBN 3-89795-821-X

Web links

Commons : Lill-Babs  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Swedish hit icon "Lill-Babs" died . In: Oberösterreichische Nachrichten , April 3, 2018, accessed on April 3, 2018.
  2. a b Chart sources: SE