A Swedish pop star known under the stage name Harpo.
He was popular in Sweden and Around Europe in the 1970s and is best known for his worldwide hit "Moviestar" which also reached number 24 in the UK Singles Chart and number 2 in the Australian Singles Chart in 1976.
Harpo has continued to work in the music business, releasing an album of new material as recently as 2005 and continues to tour to this day.
He remains popular in Germany and toured there throughout 2007.
Harpo started his career in the late 1960s as an actor in children's theatre. While touring around Sweden, he started to write songs.
In 1972, he signed a recording contract with Stig Anderson at Polar Music. Anderson assigned him to in-house record producers, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.
On 27 February 1975, Harpo recorded the song for which he would become most famous - "Moviestar".
One of the backing vocalists on that day was Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) from ABBA.
It has sometimes been reported that Agnetha Fältskog also sang on the song but this is incorrect.
"Moviestar" went on to become a huge hit. It reached number 1 in Sweden and Germany 2, number 2 in Australia and number 24 in the UK.
Also, in 1977, Harpo made the news when he refused to take part in the Swedish Military Service. As a result, he went to prison for one month.
Harpo released his latest album of new material, Jan Harpo Svensson 05 in April 2005. He had an extensive tour of Germany in 2007.
Leo The Leopard (1974)
Harpo & Bananaband (1975)
The Hollywood Tapes (1977)
Jan Banan och hans flygande matta (1978)
Råck änd råll rätt å slätt (1979) (credited to Jan Harpo Svensson)
The Fool Of Yesterday (Will Be The Fool Of Tomorrow) (1981)
Let's Get Romantic (1984)
Harpo (1988) (sometimes incorrectly referred to as Igloo or London)
Hemliga låden (1990) (credited to Harpo Show)
Harpo (1992) (not to be confused with the 1988 album of the same name)
Jan Harpo Svensson 05 (2005) (credited to Jan Harpo Svensson)
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