Hildur Alice Nilson (26 January 1924 – 11 February 2014), known by her stage name Alice Babs, was a Swedish singer. She worked in a wide number of genres – Swedish folklore, Elizabethan songs and opera. While she was best known internationally as a jazz singer, Babs also competed as Sweden's first annual competition entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 1958. In 1972 she was named Sweden's Royal Court Singer, the first non-opera singer as such.
|Birth name||Hildur Alice Nilson|
|Born||26 January 1924|
|Died||11 February 2014 (aged 90)|
After making her breakthrough in the film Swing it, magistern! ('Swing It, Teacher!', 1940), she appeared in more than a dozen Swedish-language films. Despite being cast as the well-behaved, good-hearted, cheerful girl, the youth culture forming with Babs as its icon caused outrage among members of the older generation. A vicar called the Babs cult the "foot and mouth disease of cultural life".
A long and productive period of collaboration with Duke Ellington began in 1963. Among other works, Babs participated in performances of Ellington's second and third Sacred Concerts which he had written originally for her. Her voice had a range of more than three octaves; Ellington said that when she was not available to sing the parts that he had written for her, he had to use three different singers.
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Between 1973 and 2004, Babs and her husband resided in Costa del Sol, Spain, while still working in Sweden and internationally. In their later years, they returned to Sweden.
|1938||Thunder and Lightning||Flower Girl||Uncredited|
|1940||Swing it, magistern!||Inga Danell|
|1941||Magistrarna på sommarlov|
|1941||Sjung och le||Short|
|1942||Vårat gäng||Alice, Bergendals dotter|
|1942||En trallande jänta||Inger 'Babs' Jansson|
|1946||Det glada kalaset||Anita|
|1947||Song of Stockholm||Britt|
|1952||H.C. Andersens sagor||Storyteller|
|1953||Kungen av Dalarna||Herself|
|1953||I dur och skur||Greta Norman|
|1953||Resan till dej||Gun Karlsson|
|1955||Swedish Girl||Karin Pettersson|
|1956||Symphonie in Gold||Singer|
|1956||Swing it, fröken||Alice Lind|
|1958||Musik ombord||Ulla Wickström / Ulla Winther|
|1959||Swinging at the Castle||Inga 'Trollet' Larsson||(final film role)|
|2008||Alice Babs – Swing´it||(orig. Naturröstens hemlighet, Documentary|
|2013||Alice Babs förlorade rättigheter||(Alice Babs' Lost Rights, Documentary|
Alice Babs' discography includes more than 800 recordings since her debut with Joddlarflickan in 1939. The following is a list of her recordings available on CD, listed chronologically from when they were originally recorded.
- Vax Records CD 1003 Alice Babs & Nisse Linds Hot-trio, originally recorded: 1939–41
- Naxos 8.120759 Swingflickan, originally recorded: 1939–44
- Vax Records CD 1000 Early recordings 1939–1949
- Klara skivan KLA 7802-2 Joddlarflickan (2 CDs), originally recorded: 1939–51
- Phontastic PHONTCD 9302 Swing it! Alice Babs!, originally recorded: 1939–53
- Sonora 548493-2 Swing it, Alice! (2 CDs), originally recorded: 1939–63
- Sonora 529315-2 Ett glatt humör, originally recorded: 1940–42
- Odeon 7C138-35971/2 Alice Babs, originally recorded: 1942–1947
- Metronome 8573-84676-2 Guldkorn, originally recorded: 1951–58
- Metronome 4509-93189-2 Metronomeåren, originally recorded: 1951–58
- Metronome 5050467-1616-2-7 Alice Babs bästa (2 CDs), originally recorded: 1951–61
- Bear Family BCD 15809-AH Mitsommernacht, originally recorded: 1953–59
- Bear Family BCD 15814-AH Lollipop, originally recorded: 1953–59
- EMI 7243-5-96148-2-3 Diamanter (2 CDs), originally recorded: 1958–60
- EMI 7243-5-20153-2-0 Just you, just me, originally recorded: 1958–72
- Pickwick 751146 Regntunga skyar, originally recorded: 1958–72
- Metronome 4509-95438-2 Swe-Danes Scandinavian Shuffle, originally recorded: 1959
- RCA 74321-12719-2 Alice and Wonderband, originally recorded: 1959
- Real Gone Music RGM-0496 Serenade to Sweden, Alice Babs and Duke Ellington, originally recorded: 1963
- Swedish Society Discofil SWECD 401 Sjung med oss mamma (Alice Tegnér), originally recorded: 1963
- Swedish Society Discofil SWECD 400 Alice Babs, originally recorded: 1964
- Swedish Society Discofil SWECD 402 Scandinavian songs (Svend Asmussen) originally recorded: 1964
- Prophone PCD 050 Yesterday, originally recorded: 1966–75
- Vax Records VAXCD 1006 "Illusion" (with Jan Johansson and Georg Riedels orchestra) Originally recorded 1966
- Vax Records CD 1008 "As time goes by" Alice Babs with Bengt Hallbergs trio and Arne Domnérus Big Band with Svend Asmussen. Originally recorded 1960–1969
- EMI 7243 5398942 2 Den olydiga ballongen/Hej du måne, originally recorded: 1968–76
- Prophone PCD 045 What a joy!, originally recorded: 1972–80
- Bluebell ABCD 052 There's something about me, originally recorded: 1973–78
- Prophone PCD 021 Serenading Duke Ellington, originally recorded: 1974–75
- Swedish Society Discofil SCD 3003 Om sommaren sköna – Sjunger Alice Tegnér, originally recorded: 1974
- Bluebell ABCD 005 Far away star, originally recorded: 1977
- RCA Victor 74321-62363-2 Swingtime again, originally recorded: 1998
- Sony SK 61797 A church blues for Alice, originally recorded: 1999
- Four Leaf Clover Records FLCDVD 8001 Swingtime Again with Charlie Norman recorded 1999
- Prophone PCD 062 Don't be blue, originally recorded: 2001
- Vax Records Vi Minns Alice Babs released: 2014
- Cook 2005, p. 27.
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- Alice Babs död, Dagens Nyheter 11 February 2014 (in Swedish)