Frode ThingnæsBorn: May 20th, 1940, Nore (Norway)
Died: November 15th, 2012, Oslo (Norway)
Frode Thingnæs composed songs which won the Norwegian preselections in 1974 and 1976; both ‘Hvor er du?’ (performed in English in the contest under the title ‘The first day of love’) and ‘Mata Hari’ were performed by Anne-Karine Strøm, to whom he was married at that time. Thingnæs arranged the music and conducted the Eurovision orchestra on both occasions. Neither of these songs made any significant impact on the juries, finishing near the bottom of the scoreboard. In 1996, Thingnæs returned to the Eurovision stage, when the contest was held in Oslo and he was the musical director of the show, conducting his Norwegian Radio Orchestra; of course, he led the orchestra during the performance of the Norwegian entry, Elisabeth Andreassen’s ‘I evighet’, which came second.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Frode Thingnæs will be published on this website