Lars Samuelson

Born: August 4th, 1935, Stockholm (Sweden)
Nationality: Swedish

Originally a trumpeter, Lars Samuelson extensively worked as an arranger and producer in the record studio with artists such as Tommy Bergs, Lars Berghagen, Rolf Ericson, and Strix Q. He was the musical director of radio and TV programmes for SVT, Swedish national broadcaster. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was the musical leader of a big band.

Lars Samuelson conducted no fewer than 22 (!) entries in the Swedish Eurovision preselections between 1969 and 1979, amongst which ‘Ring ring’ by Björn, Benny, Agnetha, and Anni-Frid, a song that came third in 1973; one year later, the group were to conquer Europe under their new name: ABBA. Samuelson arranged three winning entries: ‘Judy min vän’ by Tommy Körberg in 1969, ‘Jennie Jennie’ by Lars Berghagen in 1975, and ‘Satellit’ by Ted Gärdestad in 1979. For these three artists, he conducted the Eurovision orchestras in Madrid, Stockholm, and Jerusalem respectively.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Lars Samuelson will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1969: Judy, min vän
1975: Jennie, Jennie
1979: Satellit