Alice Babs

Alice Babs ( born January 26, 1924 in Kalmar, Sweden, as Hildur Alice Nilsson, † February 11, 2014 in Stockholm) was an internationally known, Swedish pop and jazz singer who enjoyed success in the 1950s in German-speaking countries. In addition to her career as a singer, she was also active as an actress, especially in the 1940s and 1950s. She was married since April 15 1944 Nils Ivar Sjöblom († 2011), with whom she had three children.


As a young girl Alice Babs sang in her home on charity events. In 1938 she made ​​her first appearance in a radio broadcast. First recordings were made with Nisse Lind 's Hot Trio ( " FDR Jones " and " Star Dust ") on the label Sonora. Great success they had in 1940 as a jazz enthusiastic schoolgirl in the film Swing it, magistern (Let it swing, Professor ), followed in 1956 by the film Swing it, fröken with her as a teacher. Thus began a career that she first made ​​known to the 1950s in Scandinavia. Numerous records they had hitherto been sung. Your name "Alice Babs " had his time even for different products as an advertising medium to serve.

In 1954 she had her first appearance in Germany this year, with Erwin Lehn and its Südfunk Dance Orchestra in Stuttgart. Then she got a role in the feature film girl Sweden (Director Thomas Engel ); 1956 followed symphony in gold. At the same time she got a record deal. Her first title was called Ole Dole. In 1955 she had her first big success with A man must not always be beautiful. Then it was a permanent guest at the radio stations in Germany. They also appeared at various galas and soon became one of the most successful singers of the 1950s in Germany.

In 1958 she was the first participant of Sweden to the Euro Vision Song Contest. Her song Lilla stjärna reached the 4th place.

However, it was known in German-speaking countries, especially as a pop singer, so her love was true jazz. So she went in the early 1960s with the violinist Svend Asmussen and Ulrik Neumann as the guitarist Trio " Swe - Danes " across Europe on tour. In 1963 she had a hit in the UK with the song After You've Gone. With Duke Ellington In France, they recorded an album and toured with him in Sweden in 1973. Moreover, she appeared in New York and London, and in 1975 at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Later she retired from show business. Only occasionally she grabbed the microphone.

In 2002 she received the Django d' Or ( Sweden) Master of Jazz.

Success title

  • You tell me goodbye 1954
  • A man need not be always beautiful 1954
  • A pink cow 1954
  • Midsummer Night 1955
  • Evening in Stockholm 1955
  • The Twiedlie 1955
  • Dong- Dingeldong 1955
  • Chocolata 1956
  • The Swedish organ grinder 1956
  • Baccino 1956
  • I plucking a chicken with you in 1957
  • Like love wants 1957
  • Luna Lu 1957
  • Cha -Cha- Joe 1957
  • Jodel Cha -Cha 1957
  • Schimmele, Schimmele 1957
  • The sparrow from Como 1957
  • Mom is from Cuba in 1957
  • Ring -A -Ding 1957
  • Lollipop 1957
  • Young heart full of love 1957
  • Darling, you know 1957
  • Why do you send me roses 1957
  • Ringel- Rangel - Rose 1958
  • Darling, I can ' cry 1958
  • In a small pastry shop in 1959
  • Miss Pardon 1959
  • There was once a musician in 1959
  • Only you, you, you alone 1959
  • I was there yesterday, still a baby in 1959
  • Tomorrow 's meet again in 1959
  • You belong to my heart 1959
  • St. Louis Blues Twist 1962
  • Jazz Fuga 1962



  • Midsummer Night's
  • Lollipop

Filmography (selection)