Bengt Palmers

Born: April 2nd, 1948, Stockholm (Sweden)
Nationality: Swedish

In the 1970s, Bengt Palmers worked as a record producer; the greatest success to his credit in that respect is ‘Moviestar’, an international hit for Harpo in 1975. From the 1980s onwards, Palmers mainly worked as a film composer and scriptwriter for movies such as ‘Sällskepresan’ (1980), ‘Strull’ (1988), and ‘Joker’ (1991). Using the pseudonym Ben G.T. Palmers, he also worked on Hollywood productions in the United States. More recently, Palmers was a jury member in the Swedish TV talent show ‘Fame Factory’.

Between 1975 and 1979, Bengt Palmers conducted four entries in the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest heats, amongst which one winner: ‘Det blir alltid värre framåt natten’ in 1978, which was sung by Björn Skifs, with whom Palmers had a close working relationship in those years. Subsequently, Palmers travelled to Paris with Skifs to conduct the orchestra for him in the international final; Palmers had written the arrangement to Skifs’ ballad in collaboration with the song’s composer, Peter Himmelstrand. Three years later, in ’81, Bengt Palmers and Björn Skifs teamed up again and wrote a song which won the Swedish preselection: ‘Fångad i en dröm’; Palmers wrote the orchestration, but had to leave the conducting in the Swedish heats and the international final to Anders Berglund.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Bengt Palmers will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1978: Det blir alltid värre framåt natten