singer-songwriter and producer from Tomelilla, Sweden,
who was a member of the family act, The Glenmarks,
before going on to co-form Gemini with his sister, Karin. The Glenmarks
released a self-titled album in 1972, and the
simply titled Glenmarks II in 1973. They placed fourth in the 1973
Eurovision Song Contest with “En liten sang
som alla andra”.
In 1974, they issued Jul A La
Carte and landed in eighth place with “I annorlunda
land”. This was followed
by Glenmarks tvA sidor and sixth place with “Lady Antoinette”
an eponymous solo album and peaked at #5 on the Swedish charts with “Nu
bubbler bladet sa hett I mig”. He appeared on a pair of albums by
ABBA songstresses Agnetha Faltskog
and Anni-Frid Lyngstad,
I Ett Hus and Frida Ensam, respectively. That’s him on guitar on ABBA’s 1976 hit, “Money Money
Money”. He is listed in the credits of the
Michael B. Tretow album, Let’s Boogie.
Anders Glenmark! reached #37
on the Swedish charts in 1976. He
released something of a novelty record entitled “Laderlappen”,
which was the Swedish word for “Batman”.
In 1977, his
sophomore effort, Express,
managed #48 on the Swedish charts, and he appeared on ABBA’s
Arrival. He produced Eva Dahlgren’s solo
debut, Finns det
nan som bryr sig om in 1978. In 1980, he appeared on ABBA’s Super
Trouper and placed fourth in the Eurovision Song Contest with “De
tar mitt liv – det
ar jag”. He hit the small screen when he
participated in Melodifestivalen 1981.
In 1982, he
arranged and produced and played keyboards and sang background vocals on
Eva Dahlgren’s Tvillingskal. He did similar multi-tasking on Kikki’s 1983 album, Singles Bar: In
addition to co-writing four songs, including the title track, he arranged,
produced, and sang backing vocals.
He co-wrote all but two tracks on his sister Karin’s 1984
album, Mitt Innersta
Rum, and duetted with her on two tracks, “Flyga Fri” and “Kall
som is”. “Kall
som is” placed 4th in the Eurovision
Song Contest. On TV, fans could
catch Anders in action on Melodifestivalen
and Liza Ohlman sang background vocals on the Chess soundtrack in 1984, including
the Murray Head hit, “One Night in Bangkok”,
which soared to #3 in the U.S.
and #12 in the U.K. In 1985, he and Eva covered “The
Long and Winding Road”
for Anc-galan – Svensk
Rock mot Aparitheid.
He and Karin
co-formed Gemini and released a self-titled album in November. The album was co-produced by Anders,
Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
and Anders co-wrote three of the songs, “Falling”, “In
the Middle of Nowhere”, and “Live on the Love”. It was followed by Geminism, which
featured the same three producers and four more tracks co-written by
Anders, “Beat the Heat”, “Sniffin’
out the Snakes”, “There’s No Way to Fool a Heart”,
and “Wild About That Girl”.
In 1987, he
composed music for the film Le Test
and played acoustic, bass and electric guitar, clarinet, keyboards and
percussion and sang background vocals on Eva Dahlgren’s Ung och stolt. His
own album, Har gar en man, reached #15 on the
Swedish charts in 1988. He was
one of the musicians on Tomas Ledin’s
album, Down on the Pleasure Avenue.
In 1989, he
played the Arbiter in Chess in
Concert, appeared on another Melodifestivalen TV special, and performed acoustic and
electric guitar, an ARP Omni, minimoog and polymoog and background vocals on Eva Dahlgren’s Kann Mej. He produced Orup’s
2 and duetted
on “Upp Over Mina Oron”,
which grabbed 2nd place in the Eurovision Song Contest and 4th
place on the Swedish charts.
In 1990, he
appeared on the TV show Aerlige Otto
and released Jag finns
har for dig, which rocketed to #2 on the
Swedish charts and sent a pair of singles into the top ten, “Hon har blommor I sitt har” and “Hon
This was followed by 99 in
1991, and it managed #7 whilst “Greyhound Bus” arrived at
#10. “Mare Mare” reached the top twenty in 1992. In 1993, his Boogie i mitt huvud
peaked at #6 and “Bygg pa mig” cracked the top forty, his REMIx3 CD hit the shelves, and he
composed music for the television mini-series, Allis med is.
He performed Chess in Concert in 1994 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and this time got to perform
the part of The American. Orup (a.k.a. Thomas Eriksson), Niklas
Stromstedt and he co-founded GES and enjoyed some
chart success with their self-titled debut ascending to the top of the
Swedish charts and three singles—“En javel
pa karlek”, “Man grater aldrig pa en lordag”,
and “Nar vi graver guld i
USA”—going to #5, #15, and #1, respectively.
In 1996, he
co-wrote or wrote most of the material for and produced Anni-Frid
Lyngstad’s Djupa Andetag. The simply titled Glenmark
grazed the top ten in 1997 and “I min sang” barely missed out
on the top twenty. He performed
Chess in Concert again in 1997
and 1998, and appeared on the quasi-ABBA tribute, Fran Waterloo to Duvemala.
In 2000, “Greyhound
Bus” made the cut on Absolute
Music 34 and a CD of Anders’ Hits
was released. His Alla dessa bilder went to the top forty in Sweden and “Kom karavaner”, a duet
with Sos Fenger,
reached #31. He also co-produced
Tomas Ledin’s Hela Vagen.
to the top of the charts in 2003 with Den
Andra Skivan, and
the title track did almost as well, just stalling at #2. Anders made a handful of TV
appearances in the 2000s, once on Allsang pa Skansen and three times on BingoLotto.
In 2005, Det basta med
Karin och Anders Glenmark,
a CD of previous material, was released. They toured with a Christmas show in
towards the end of the year. By
Christmas 2006, Glenmark & Glenmark,
a holiday offering from the brother-sister pair, was under the tree.
He and Niklas Stromstedt contributed
“Lev Livet” to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. Anders arranged and produced “End
Song” for the 2007 film, Arn: The Knight Templar. In 2008, he and Niklas
co-wrote “Dar du andas” for the
sequel, Arn – Riket
vid vagens slut,
and it was performed by Marie Fredriksson. The song also appears on a
compilation that Anders produced entitled Alla himlens anglar. Anders appeared at the Globe Arena on
19th November 2008 for The Show of Christmas.
compilation, Original Album Classics,
was released in 2010. He can
also be heard on Diamanter – Sjuttiotalet
and The Tim Rice Collection: Stage and Screen Classics.
He has his own
production company, Anders Glenmark Productions,
and his own vintage Swedish paper doll, for those difficult-to-buy-for
Elaine (Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus)