Morten Harket
Norwegian musician
Morten Harket
Morten Harket is a Norwegian musician, best known as the lead singer of the Norwegian synthpop/rock band A-ha, which released nine studio albums and topped the charts in several countries after their breakthrough hit "Take on Me" in 1985. A-ha disbanded in 2010. Harket has also released four solo albums. Before joining A-ha in 1982, Harket appeared on the Oslo club scene as the singer for blues outfit Souldier Blue. He is awesome!
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Xaque Gruber: The Top 20 Best James Bond Theme Songs
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2012 marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond's cinematic debut, and is proving to be a banner year for the iconic franchise with the highly anticipated feature, Skyfall (November 9) as well as the release of Best of Bond, Capitol's expansive CD set spanning a half-century of remastered 007 music. As a Bond music fanatic, I've chosen to celebrate this anniversary by carefully re-listening to each showstopper. Here are my picks of the top 20 most compelling vocal productions in the James Bond pantheon of anthems... 1. "Goldfinger" -- Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger, 1964) When it comes to 007 themes, Goldfinger is the gold standard, setting the stage for every epic musical notion in the franchise to follow, and accomplishing this all in under two minutes and 50 seconds. Unlike most Bond themes, this is the antagonist's anthem, and it couldn't conquer in grander style. Opening with an inpenetrable wall of blaring horns to the ultimate climax: six glass smashing seconds of ...
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Today in History, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 - Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
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Singer Morten Harket (a-ha) is 52. Country singer John Berry is 52. Actress Melissa Leo is 51. Actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry is 42. Actor Ben Garant is 41. Rock musician Craig Montoya (Tri Polar) is 41. Actor Austin Basis is 35
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Mandalsjenta Elia Ardiles (32) deltok på Bylarm i 2003. Først nå føler hun seg ... - Fædrelandsvennen
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Blant annet mandalitt Stein Austrud, Anders Engen (Morten Harket, Bjørn Eidsvåg mf), Rolf Kristensen (Secret Garden) og Audun Erlien (Lars Lillo Stenberg). – At disse musikerne har valgt å være med på singelen min gjør meg ydmyk og jeg føler meg
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Harket dro inn 12,6 millioner - VG Nett
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(VG Nett) Morten Harket (51) tredoblet inntektene fra året før da a-ha satte sluttstrek for en 25 år lang karriere. I 2010 feiret trioen Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen og Paul Waaktaar-Savoy sine 25 år som a-ha, med 73 konserter verden over,
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Lider A-ha nagrywa - Wirtualna Polska
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Morten Harket, wokalista grupy A-ha, pracuje nad solowym krążkiem. Za produkcję materiału będzie odpowiadał Steve Osborne, który współpracował z zespołem A-ha przy nagrywaniu ostatniego albumu zatytułowanego "Foot Of The Mountain"
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a-ha-Paul vurderer bergenser - Bergensavisen
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Sist Frode Unneland og Waaktaar-Savoy stod på scenen sammen var da hele a-ha-familien samlet seg til konseptet «An evening with Morten Harket, Savoy and Magne F» i Royal Albert Hall i London i mai 2008. Den New York-baserte nordmannen,
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Singing out again, in sympathy - Views and News from Norway
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Morten Harket of the famed Norwegian rock band “a-ha” was among those performing at the National Memorial Ceremony at the Oslo Spektrum arena on Sunday, joining a long list of other musicians, actors and literary figures who wanted to show their
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A-ha reunites for memorial concert - Views and News from Norway
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A full statement from band members Magne Furuholmen, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Morten Harket read, “on 22 July, we were, like everyone else in Norway and the rest of the world, shaken to our very core by the cruelty of the events and the terrible
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a-ha Trio Morten Harket, Pal Waaktaar-Savoy And Magne Furuholmen Reunite For ... - Huffington Post
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It will be the first time the musical trio - vocalist Morten Harket, keyboardist Magne Furuholmen (Mags) and guitarist Pal Waaktaar-Savoy - have performed together in public since their most recent split in 2010. The Norwegian trio enjoyed massive
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A-Ha gendannes til mindekoncert i Oslo - JydskeVestkysten
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Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen og Paul Waaktaar-Savoy opløste den norske rockgruppe sidste år, men de finder hellere end gerne sammen igen for at medvirke ved den specielle begivenhed. »Den 22. juli blev vi ligesom alle andre rystet helt ind i sjælen
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Norway's a-ha reunite for July attacks memorial - BBC News
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On their official website, a-ha's singer Morten Harket, keyboard player Magne Furuholmen and guitarist Pal Waaktaar-Savoy said they would take part in the memorial ceremony in Oslo's Spectrum concert hall. The group said they wanted "to show
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Morten Harket
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    In 2015, after each member pursued his own artistic path, a-ha reunited to produce a new album, "Cast In Steel", and perform a world tour, kicking off at "Rock in Rio" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 27 September 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 54
    In April 2014, Harket released his sixth album titled "Brother".
    More Details Hide Details In addition to the numerous A-ha and solo concerts, Harket has also performed on various other shows & concerts as solo artist and with A-ha. Some notable ones: Morten Harket is known for his vocal range, which some sources have claimed spans five octaves, although Harket himself said in 2009, "I've never counted, quite honestly". His voice is capable of "the greatest falsetto in the history of pop music EVER ", according to NMEs Sylvia Patterson, to an "unyielding groan" as described in Entertainment Weekly. Sound engineer Gerry Kitchingham, who worked with A-ha on "Take On Me", described Harket as "an excellent singer" with "this incredibly strong falsetto and almost choir-boyish clarity". The son of Reidar, a Chief Physician at a hospital, and Henny, an economics teacher and brother to Gunvald, Håkon, Ingunn and Kjetil, Morten grew up in Asker in southern Norway. Early musical influences included Uriah Heep, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, David Bowie, and James Brown. Morten's father had contemplated becoming a classical pianist; Morten also took piano lessons for a while but lacked the discipline to practice. At the age of four he started writing music and playing piano.
  • 2012
    Age 52
    The official ceremony took place on 6 November 2012.
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    In April 2012 Harket released his new solo album, Out of My Hands in both Norway and Germany, and on 14 May in the UK..
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    In 2009 Harket created and performed the main theme of A Name is a Name, a film about Macedonia by Sigurjon Einarsson.
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    The band's last studio album before their split, Foot of the Mountain, was released in the spring of 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Harket held a note for 20.2 seconds in A-ha's 2000 song "Summer Moved On", believed to be the longest note in UK chart history. The note held exceeds the chest voice note in Bill Withers' famous song Lovely Day by 2.2 seconds. In October 2009, A-ha announced that they would disband after a farewell tour in 2010. Tickets for A-ha's final concert at the Oslo Spektrum on 4 December 2010 sold out within 2 hours. On September 27, 2015, A-ha played once more for a huge crowd assembled at Rock in Rio 2015 festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which led to a reunion tour and the Cast in Steel album. Paul Waaktaar-Savoy describes Harket as being "totally different from me." He recalls the band's first visit to London together, during which Harket burned all his clothes and re-fashioned his wardrobe. "He has given me self-confidence, encourages me to talk to people, not to be afraid and to use the abilities I have. Morten is actually the only one in Norway who had as much ambition as I did. I guess we both have big egos. In a way, we're each sitting in our own little world, while Mags is more down to earth. Mags often has to mediate between Morten and me... It's good that we're so different and still respect each other. The tension between us is creative."
  • 2008
    Age 48
    Harket released another solo album, Letter from Egypt, on 28 May 2008 via Universal Records Germany.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 35
    Two of those albums were sung in Norwegian, but his 1995 album, Wild Seed, became more of an international success because of its English lyrics.
    More Details Hide Details Harket worked with Håvard Rem, a Norwegian poet, to write most of the songs. "A Kind of Christmas Card" and "Spanish Steps" were the most successful numbers. The rest were either easy listening songs, or more profound songs, such as "East Timor" and "Brodsky Tune" which had political messages in them. Harket has collaborated in live performances and in studio recordings with several artists. Among them, Pakistan rock band Junoon on the song "Piya", Hayley Westenra on "Children First". He has also worked with many other Scandinavian artists such as Bjørn Eidsvåg, Silje Nergaard, Oslo Gospel Choir, Espen Lind and Carola Häggkvist. On A-ha recordings, Morten has sung with Graham Nash and Anneli Drecker.
  • 1994
    Age 34
    After A-ha went on a hiatus in 1994, Harket pursued a solo career, and has so far released six studio albums.
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  • 1993
    Age 33
    Before Morten joined Pål and Magne, he was the lead singer of a soul band called "Souldier Blue"; but earlier he was his church's chief choir. In 1993, Harket performed a cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Crewe/Gaudio on the Coneheads movie soundtrack in 1993.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 29
    Harket has three children with his ex-wife Camilla Malmqvist Harket, to whom he was married between 11 February 1989 and 1998: Jakob Oscar Martinus Malmqvist Harket (b. 14 May 1989), Jonathan Henning Adler Malmquist Harket (b. 30 December 1990), and Anna Katharina Tomine Malmquist Harket (b. 14 April 1993, she uses Tomine as her first name).
    More Details Hide Details Harket also has a daughter, Henny, (born 7 February 2003), with then-girlfriend Anne Mette Undlien. Harket had another daughter, Karmen Poppy, (born 7 September 2008), with Inez Andersson. Along with fellow band member Magne Furuholmen, Harket supports English Premier League football club Stoke City.
  • 1982
    Age 22
    Before joining A-ha in 1982, Harket had appeared on the Oslo club scene as the singer for blues outfit Souldier Blue.
    More Details Hide Details The trio, composed of lead vocalist Harket, guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (Pål Waaktaar until his marriage in 1994), and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, formed on 14/09/1982, and left Norway for London in order to make a career in the music business. They chose the studio of musician, producer, and soon-to-be-manager, John Ratcliff, because it had a Space Invaders machine. John Ratcliff introduced the band to his manager, Terry Slater, and, after a few meetings, A-ha had two managers. Terry Slater and John Ratcliff together formed T.J. Management. Ratcliff dealt with all the technical and musical aspects; Slater was the international business manager and liaison to Warner Brothers' head office. The band says the name A-ha comes from a title Paul contemplated giving to a song; he was dithering between the title "A-ha" and "A-hem". Morten was looking through Paul's notebook, and came across the name, which he liked, and immediately decided that was the right name.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on September 14, 1959.
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