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Harpo (born Jan Harpo Torsten Svensson, 5 April 1950, Bandhagen, Stockholm) is a Swedish pop star known under the stage name Harpo. He was popular in Sweden and around Europe in the 1970s and is best known for his worldwide hit “Moviestar” which also reached number 24 in the UK Singles Chart and number 2 in the Australian Singles Chart in 1976. Harpo has continued to work in the music business, releasing an album of new material as recently as 2005 and continues to tour to this day. He remains popular in Germany and toured there throughout 2007.

Harpo started his career in the late 1960s as an actor in children’s theatre. While touring around Sweden, he started to write songs. In 1972, he signed a recording contract with Stig Anderson at Polar Music. Anderson assigned him to in-house record producers, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

The plan was that Andersson and Ulvaeus would work with Harpo on an album of his children’s songs in Swedish. The collaboration did not work out and Anderson released Harpo from his contract. Harpo then signed with EMI and formed a successful creative partnership with producer Bengt Palmers.
Harpo released his first two singles in 1973 - “Honolulu” and “Sayonara”. Both were hits and reached the Top Ten on the Tio-i-topp chart. “Sayonara” held the number one spot for five consecutive weeks between January and February 1974.

On 27 February 1975, Harpo recorded the song for which he would become most famous - “Moviestar”.

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  • deescottmusic

    Hör ich heute noch gerne.

    20 Oct 2011 Reply
  • meredith999

    My father used to listen to Horoscope when I was a child. I still know this song almost by heart ;)

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • lihei

    lol! Damn horse!!

    7 Nov 2009 Reply
  • eveldo

    He is slightly disabled because a horse kicked him in the head real bad. [2] Why yes, that is the best thing I've ever read on last.fm. Thanks for asking.

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • OSCARCHOICE-CHI

    4 EXITOS PASE EN LAS DISCOS DE URUGUAY--------------------------------------------------------

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Dufsa

    Jan Banan! :)

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • ativke

    He is slightly disabled because a horse kicked him in the head real bad.

    23 Oct 2007 Reply
  • josecharts

    Moviestar and Horoscope: cool tracks

    20 Aug 2007 Reply