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Macce Berg orch - Let's take the lift up to the seventh heaven (1935) Swedish refrain

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Published on Sep 22, 2009

Macce Berg (1897-1954) played drums and had his own band in the thirties. He played in Stockholm, among others places at, Fenixpalatset (the Fenix palace), one of the best entertainment places at that time, where he replaced Håkan von Eichwald and his orchestra when they where touring. He also played with less crew at the Horseshoe bar. The orchestra is interesting because it, later, together with Eichwalds' band became Arne Hülphers orchestra,the thirties greatest Swedish band. It is also interesting that his orchestra toured in USSR. They played in St. Petersburg and at Crim,while Arne Hülphers and his orchestra later was very popular in Germany. This is one of relatively few recordings of the orchestra,when already several musicians had left for Hülphers. Unfortunately, the Swedish recordings from this time are rarely representative, because these bands where normally playing jazz, but the record companies wanted to use them for popular music only. But, in this recording, still, you can at least imagine the possibilities of the orchestra.

Refrain is singed by Ragnar Wiberg (1906-1997). During the thirties he recorded a lot together with various bands. He was also one member of Tre sang. At the seventies he moved to Spain.

Let's take the lift up to the seventh heaven (Låt oss ta hissen upp till sjunde himlen) was written by Hasse Ekman, (1915-2004) actor and movie producer and Johnny Bode (1912-1983). They did some very good music back in the thirties, the friendship sadly ended when the Ekman family found out that Mr Bode had stolen some silver from their house. Johnny Bode was a fantastic artist and composer in many ways. And had also an international career, but he had serious problems, and did various scandals, in 1942 he flirted with the Nazi occupation in Norway, it was to much for the Swedish radio and the record companies in Sweden and they decided to boycotting him. This ended first after his death. His life was of course interesting and there is written a book about it. In later years he have becomed more and more a cult figure, not just of his rare life also because that he actually was a very good artist and composer.

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