Monday, 4 June 2012

Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest - 1967

Melodifestivalen 1967 was the selection for the ninth song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the eighth time that this system of picking a song had been used. Approximately 1800 songs were submitted to SVT for the competition. The final was broadcast on Sveriges Radio TV. The Swedish national selection was for the first time called Melodifestivalen, a name that remains to this day.  Melodifestivalen 1967 was held on February 24th in Stockholm, hosted by Maud Husberg. The winning song was chosen by the votes of 11 regional juries.


01. Som en dröm - Östen Warnebring, 24 points
02. En valsfan - Östen Warnebring, 20 points
03. Ren vals - Roffe Berg, 14 points
03. Alla har glömt - Towa Carson, 14points
05. Vem frågar vinden - Towa Carson, 11 points
06. Svart-Olas polka - Sten Nilsson, 8 points
07. Christina dansar - Ann-Louise Hanson, 4 points
08. Men vore du endast en visa - Marianne Kock, 2 points
09. Förlåt min vän – Svane Thuresson, 2 points
10. Sjungas till sömns - Ann-Louise Hanson, 0 points

The Swedish entry Som en dröm, composed by Curt Pettersson and Marcus Österdal and written by Patrice Hellberg finished 8th out of 17 at the ESC in Vienna.


Östen Warnerbring (November 22, 1932, Malmö. – January 18, 2006, San Augustin, Canary Islands) was a Swedish singer, musician, composer and lyrics writer who mastered several musical genres. He started out as a jazz musician but over the years, he had huge successes both in the area of popular music and as a singer of Swedish poetry, put into music by himself. In the 1970s, he became one of the first Swedish artists to use his native accent, of the province of Scania in the south of Sweden, also while singing.

He represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest 1967 with the song Som en dröm, written by Marcus Österdahl & Curt Pettersson with lyrics by Patrice Hellberg which finished 8th out of 17 at the ESC in Vienna.

Östen Warnerbring made several appearances in the Swedish pre-selection for the ESC.  His first was in the 1959 qualifying competition with the song Kungsgatans blues which finished in fourth place. In 1960 he tried again and although he won with Alla andra får varann, SR decided to send Siw Malmkvist to the Eurovision final in London. Östen Warnerbring performed two songs in the 1962 final. Lolo Lolita was placed fourth and Trollen ska trivas sixth.

Following his 1967 victory, Warnerbring defended his title in 1968 by teaming up with Svante Thuresson and together they took fifth place with Här kommar pojkar. His next appearance, in 1972, saw him finish in second place above a song submitted by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Warnerbring's song, Så’n e’ du så’n e’ jag finished seven points behind the eventual winning group Family Four. His final attempt at Melodifestivalen in 1974 was also his least successful. En mysig vals was placed tenth and last.

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