Swedish jazz legend dies

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Swedish jazz legend dies

The Swedish jazz legend Charlie Norman died at midnight on Thursday at Danderyd hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 84.


"As my cousin said: sorrow has been with us for a long time, now we start to feel his absence," said his son Lennie Norman to news agency TT.

Norman, born Karl-Erik Norman, was one of the world's leading boogie-woogie pianists. He was brought up in Dalarna and became a professional musician in 1937.

In 1941 Norman made his solo debut with the record 'Charlie's Boogie'. That year he also worked as an arranger for the legendary Thore Ehrling's Orchestra.

His first television appearance came in 1947 when he played in Paris with Edith Piaf, and in 1949 he created a scandal by playing Grieg's 'Anitra's Dance' in a boogie-woogie style.

He cemented his reputation in the fifties with a series of radio shows and became an influence for three generations of pianists, including Robert Wells, who had the then ageing Norman appear at his 'Rhapsody in Rock' spectacular.

As well as collaborating with a pantheon of Swedish music artistes, Norman wrote film music and toured tirelessly. But he still found time for his hobbies: Norman enjoyed growing strawberries and playing golf, but most of all loved sport fishing.

"The family wants to be left in peace," said Norman's son.

"It's no shock, but it's a great loss."

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, SR


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