Born: September 25th, 1920, Gothenburg (Sweden)
Died: March 13th, 2007, Västerås (Sweden)
Egon (born as Ernst Napoleon) Kjerrman was a composer and conductor who made his debut in the music scene as a substitute conductor for the Stora Teatern in his native Gothenburg. During the 1940s, he lived in Chicago (USA) for a number of years, where he worked as a copper but composed music at the same time. Upon his return in Sweden (1952), he was appointed conductor at SR, Swedish Radio. He collaborated in many radio and TV shows, but is best remembered for his presentation (1956-1966) of the annual open-air sing-along event ‘Allsång på Skansen’, of which he was the musical director at the same time, playing all music with his Radiotjänsts Varietéorkester. Occasionally, he tried his hand at singing himself, most notably with ‘Kom ner från taket’, a cover of ‘Kom van dat dak af’ composed and originally performed by Dutch rock-‘n’-roll icon Peter Koelewijn.
In 1962, Egon Kjerrman led the SR Underhållningsorkester during the Swedish Eurovision preselection, which was won by Inger Berggren and ‘Sol och vår’ (arranged by Sven-Olof Walldoff). This schlager song came seventh in a field of sixteen competing entries.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Egon Kjerrman will be published on this website
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