Axel Evert Taube (Swedish pronunciation: [¹eːvɛʈ ¹ʈoːb] (listen);[a] 1890–1976) was a Swedish author, artist, composer and singer. He is widely regarded as one of Sweden's most respected musicians and the foremost troubadour of the Swedish ballad tradition in the 20th century.
Evert Taube in 1961.
|Birth name||Axel Evert Taube|
|Born||12 March 1890|
|Died||31 January 1976 (aged 85)|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, author|
Evert Taube was born in 1890 in Gothenburg, and brought up on the island of Vinga, Västergötland, where his father, Carl Gunnar Taube, a ship's captain, was the lighthouse keeper. His mother was Julia Sofia Jacobsdotter. Taube belongs to an untitled branch of the Baltic German noble Taube family, introduced at the Swedish House of Nobility in 1668 as noble family No. 734.
Having spent two years (1907–1909) sailing around the Red Sea, Ceylon and South Africa, Taube began his career as a singer-songwriter and collector of sailors' songs, and on Christmas Eve 1908, on board the Norwegian ship SS Bergen headed for Spain, he performed "Turalleri, piken fra Hamburg".
Following a five-year stay (1910–1915) in Argentina, he developed an interest in Latin American music and introduced the Argentinian tango to Sweden in the twenties. Contrary to widespread perceptions, Taube did not work as a gaucho (cowboy) on the Pampas but as a foreman supervising workers who were digging canals designed to prevent flooding on the vast plains.
He is perhaps best known as a depictor of the idyllic, with motifs from the Swedish archipelagoes and from the Mediterranean, from a perspective every Swedish four-week holiday tourist could recognize. But he also wrote the most hitting anti-fascist anti-war poem in the Swedish language, "Målaren och Maria Pia", about the Italian war in Abyssinia, from the late 30s, as well as the anthem of the budding environmental movement in the 70s, "Änglamark" (originally written for the successful 1971 Hasse & Tage film The Apple War).
Among Taube's most famous songs are "Calle Schewens vals", "Min älskling (du är som en ros)", "Dans på Sunnanö", "Brevet Från Lillan", "Flickan i Havanna", "Änglamark", "Sjösala vals", "Fritiof och Carmencita", "Så skimrande var aldrig havet" and "Så länge skutan kan gå".
In 1976 he released an album of songs (on SR Records) about and by Sweden's 18th century bard, Carl Michael Bellman, performing 9 of Bellman's Fredman's Epistles including the ever popular Vila vid denna källa, Ulla! min Ulla! säj, får jag dig bjuda, and Solen glimmar blank och trind.
Taube has been translated into English by Helen Asbury, Paul Britten Austin, Emily Melcher  and others. His songs have been recorded in English by Roger Whittaker, Sven-Bertil Taube, Martin Best, Roger Hinchliffe  and Emily Melcher.
In 1925, he married Astri Bergman Taube, a painter and sculptress.
On his 60th birthday in 1950, Taube received the Bellman Award from the Swedish Academy and in 1960 he received an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University. He was elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1970.
Taube is regarded as one of the finest troubadours in Sweden. There is a complete pavilion, "Evert Taube's World" opened in 2008, dedicated to him at Liseberg Theme Park in Gothenburg.
On 25 March 2010, Norwegian Air Shuttle's (Norwegian.com) new Boeing 737-8FZ LN-NOV (msn 31713) was accepted at the Oslo (Gardermoen) base with the tail image of Evert Taube.
On 12 March 2013, a Google doodle was dedicated to him.
- Per-Evert Arvid Joachim Taube (1926–2009)
- Rose Marie Astrid Elisabet Taube (1928–1928)
- Ellinor Gunnel Astri Elisabeth Taube (1930–1998)
- Sven-Bertil Taube (born 1934)
- Sjösalaboken (1942), with illustrations by Roland Svensson.
Biography in EnglishEdit
- Evert Taube. sv.wikipedia.org. Retrieved: 27 June 2013.
- "Evert Taube Sjunger Och Berättar Om Carl Michael Bellman". Discogs. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- Sea Ballads and Other Songs by Evert Taube, trans. by Helen Asbury, (Stockholm: Kings Press, 1940).
- I Come From A Raging Sea by Evert Taube, trans. by Paul Britten Austin, (London: Owen, 1967).
- A Talk While Dancing CD, trans. by Emily Melcher, (Madison: Emily Melcher, 1999).
- Where Angels Tread (Stockholm: Philips, 1972).
- A Swedish Musical Odyssey (Stockholm: EMI, 1977).
- Göran Fristorp and Martin Best (Stockholm: Sonet, 1983).
- Sweden's Greatest CD, trans. by Roger Hinchliffe, (Stockholm: Roger Records, 1988).
- The Sjösala fire everttaube.info. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- Sweden’s new banknotes and coins Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine riksbank.com. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- I Come From A Raging Sea, foreword by Inga-Britt Fredholm, (London: Owen, 1967).
- A History of Swedish Literature by Ingemar Algulin, (Stockholm: Swedish Institute, 1989).
- A History of Swedish Literature edited by Lars G. Warme, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Evert Taube.|
- Works by or about Evert Taube at Internet Archive
- Taube society
- Evert Taube discography
- Evert Taube at Open Library.
- Evert Taube homepage (unofficial)
- A Talk While Dancing
- Sea Ballads and Other Songs
- While still the boat sails along (Så länge skutan kan gå)
- The cheerful baker of San Remo (Den glade bagaren i San Remo)
- Morning song at Baggensfjärden (Morgonsång på Baggensfjärden)