My room, my first tape-recorder. Note the hanging liquor bottles in the window.
My grandfather had given me the guitar and said, “After you have learned 3 chords, you can play all the songs in the world”
He didn’t say how well…
It was a grey, rainy world.
An ordinary moment on our schoolyard: Skip-roaping on a wet day. Girls I fell in love with… – where are they now?
– I got my first Record deal, a solo “EP”, with five original songs – and I got into the Danish State Radio as well. Here I met other singers and players and the music started taking off. The title song “Lysseblå Bananer” (Powder-blue bananas), later made it as a children’s song in the official school song books. I was happy to see that, but also noticed the author was listed as “Anonymous”.
The news-article headline reads: “Unknown, but for how long?”
I can now answer that.
Some tracks from back when…
The Quacks was hired to perform for four weeks in Thule American Airbase – on Greenland, near the Arctic Circle. We arrived at noon on the 5th of January in pitch darkness. A dancer with our ensemble, Marianne Danebod took a linking to me on the second day. It became a month-long night of continuous education that any young man of 17 could only dream of. Some day I would love to thank Marianne for such a great start in romantic life. It was 40 below zero outside. We certainly made the best of it.
When people saw us on stage they thought I was short. I was 6’2″, but Michael was 6’8″.
Eartha Kitt, the American singer became a good friend of my father and all of us and she always stayed with us when touring in Europe. Above: Clowning around with her daughter Kit Kitt trying to push my dad back in the water. Below Kirsten Granau, Michael Bundesen and I sing to Eartha in the front yard on Malerbakken 11.
An American Agent
Saw the group in Copenhagen and gave us our first gig in New York. It was a big new world and life would never be the same. We ended going upstate to Albany, then Nashua, NH & Burlington, Vt. My partners became homesick and the group broke up – so I joined up with new friends, John Cassel, Sceeter Cameron and others in a place called “Lost Nation”.
It was back and forth to Denmark, the East Coast & Los Angeles for some years, until I settled in California to roll the dice in the film and music business.