Can not say that my only real encounter with him, like that 35 years ago, became a big shot.
Rather a real disappointment.
There were great expectations.
Robert Broberg , or “Robban” as most called him, was an artist whose music had penetrated your consciousness without really had thought of it.
As a teenager, had grown up with the music from the British and American charts. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Tamla Motown soul. Pop 65, 66, 67 and so forth in the radio P 3 with Lennart Wretlind, Klas Burling and Leif H. Andersson musical guides.
There, played of course never “Robban” Broberg.
He was shot – on the other – verging on everywhere else in radio.
“Båtlåt”, “Maria-Therese”, “I must stop me “and” That which is hidden in the snow “were just some of the songs that every other Swedish could refrain of.
He was in” Hylands Corner “and in another television program called” Wishful program “where he performed” Maria-Therese “, which then went straight up in the top of the Swedish charts.
(The song then had earlier been rejected by the Eurovision Song Contest)
He also had made a success with the television comedy – and deliberately misspelled – “Tjejjer” with skits and hilarious songs about girls Ingela, Carola, Lajla, Elaine, Mariga Mary and Inflatable Barbara and the difficulty to meet them and to understand them. The director responded to a similar young Lasse Hallström , which at that time often made entertaining things for SVT, together with the right “Robban” Broberg and even more two other buddies, Brasse Brännström and Magnus Härenstam.
“Robban” had also made a feature film in 1968, “Desire for Love”, where he stood for the screenplay, directed, starred and made all the music. Though it did not remember I then when we met, and probably key anyone else either. The partially self-financed comedy in the archipelago, the total sawn by critics and disappeared from the premiere cinema in Stockholm after just ten days.
High expectations for the meeting, that is.
But “Robban” Broberg had just then decided to break with his past as an artist. Did not associated with the catchy melodies and humorous puns that had made him so beloved by the people. Now he called Zero and made considerably more serious music. It felt like then, in any case.
So it was a rather reluctant, yes, even a little weird, artist I met to talk about a new album that really was as accessible as his so well-known earlier music.
Was probably a true classical interview.
Surely more my fault than his. Probably I was too young, had little life experience, to understand me what it was Zero wanted to convey to the outside world.
(When I listen to the album today, it is not so strange)
When was believed never that we would again see the light-hearted “Robban” Broberg who made “Tjejjer”, a television program which, incidentally, was the outlet to the humor festival Montreaux.
Or that he would do something as wonderfully crazy as the children’s program “The Pling & amp; Plong show “, where he was both himself and dressed as a robot.
In a few years, said Robert Broberg that he had reached an impasse and was considering quitting as an artist. He lived in the US for some time, satisfied with an existence where nobody knew him. He had been a celebrity since he was 17 years, with all that implies.
But he came back.
The album “Up Again” (1983) was a return to the old easygoing style with humorous and ambiguous lyrics and infectious choruses. There followed a series of one-man shows at the Comedy Theatre in Stockholm, where he also embraced his old musical material, and simultaneously offered a kind of variant of stand up comedy.
in 1989, he was Povel Ramel Karamelodiktstipendium. It has been awarded since 1983 to someone who is “an innovator in the Swedish language, or for outstanding works in music”.
The justification for Robert Broberg was:
For that he decades managed to pave a ensamväg through entertainment jungle alongside conventional mowers, often a few beats before – and he, driven by stricter observation, perceptive musicality and burlesque humor, successfully designed and solobefolkat his very personal stables.
Together with Claes Eriksson (1987) and Henrik Dorsin (2007) is undoubtedly Robert Broberg anyone when it comes ordleks- and musical genius, most reminiscent of Povel Ramel yourself.
1991 he set out on an anniversary tour through the country which would then end with a concert in the Globe.
Has he got delusions of grandeur? thought probably many.
At the time, it was basically just a foreign world artists who had managed to fill the then only two years old arena.
But many had underestimated how much loved Robert Broberg was . The Globe was sold out.
Not only that.
Three years later he did it again, twice, with the show Paint Rock. In the middle of the stage was a large white cloth during the show time, step by step became a finished painting.
Yes, the multi-talented Robert Broberg could paint well, he had studied at the College before the breakthrough as an artist.
During the 2000s, was his new songs and shows more and more about life in old age.
As I write this, I do swoop of his immense production.
There, are of course all his well known songs. In addition to the aforementioned, such as “Hearse”, “Water”, “Paint Rock” and “Desert”.
There are “Huppegupptäcksfärd”. Not only time Robert Broberg have found in their own words.
There is everything from heartfelt love songs to songs of warm feelings between cars and boats and even somewhat provocative songs. All the male performers would certainly not have got away with making songs with titles like “Bredaschlade aunts” and “No bra under the blouse / Come on play me ‘me!”.
Robert Broberg played ingeniously with words that few other lyricists.
wrote more songs that are part of the Swedish soul than most others.
He was also a significantly better singer than many probably think of, perhaps because some of his most famous songs performed on a jokingly manner. He could sing everything from ballads to pop to blues, both very seriously and with a playful tone.
Over the last five years of his life he brought an ultimately hopeless battle against his illness.
Therefore, he had to sadly say no when he was one of the first seasons was offered to be on TV 4′s hit programs “So much better.”
If it was the first or the second season that was current … it would have been wonderful to hear artists like Pettersson, Petra Marklund, Pluralist, Tomas Ledin, Eva Dahlgren, Timbuktu, Lena Phillips or Laleh deal with Robert Broberg huge tunes.
In order not to speak about what he had been able to find on their songs.
When was Robert Broberg probably got another heyday of his career. And even discovered by younger generations.
But for all of us who have grown up with Robert Karl Oskar Broberg, who was his full name, liver understood the music on. For us, he is an artist of all time.
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