6 January 1912 in Falköping, Sweden, dead 25 July 1983 in Malmö, Sweden, was a Swedish singer, composer and "enfant terrible".
After his debut when he was 17 years old, Bode came to record hundreds of songs on the gramophone, many of them was his own compliments. One of his most known song is "En herre i frack" (A gentleman in costume), that Gösta Ekman sung in 1936. The same song later become popular when famous Swedish singer Jan Malmsjö had it on his repertoar. The last gramophone-record with Johnny as a singer was recorded in 1942. The life of Johnny Bode is one of the most amazing in Swedish history of music. Over and over again when his career was demolished, he got able to rise and build a new career, only to find it ruined by himself shortly after.
Johnny Bode lived the main part of his life far more detailed that he really could afford. He was a known figure in those days of show biz and was liked because his generous style on the pubs. Even the fact that he many times was broke didn't stop him. He was an master in to sneak out the backdoor and let others to pay his debts. Another differential charactheristic of Johnny Bode was his of seldom seen grade of mythomania. Over and over again, he accomplished to sneak himself into hard cases of lies, a thing that made his career very difficult. He bacame good friend with Gösta Ekman and was almost like his own son until the day when he discovered that he had tried to sellt their silver dinner set to the pawnbrokers. He also run away from uncountless hotel bills, and got blacklisted on several of Stockholms finest restaurants. He was also involved in theft of expensive carpets and embezzlement through false checks.
Bode's run away lifestyle many times led himself into criminality and after many cases of fraud, he was declared of incapacity and judged to psychiatric care on the mental hospital of St. Sigfrid in Växjö, Sweden. He got in connection with that sterilized.
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