7 March 2014
Together with his wife, and drummer Frode Unneland, he has performed in the band Savoy. Savoy have achieved great success in Norway, selling over 300,000 records. They have been nominated for Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Award) four times and have won three times.A-ha version of the song “Velvet” appears in the film One Night at McCool’s and “Whalebone” appears in the highly acclaimed Norwegian film Hawaii, Oslo.
Magne Furuholmen describes Waaktaar-Savoy thus: “Påul is the person who has meant most to me in my musical development and yet he’s the one person I find it most difficult to say anything sensible about. He has incredible will-power and a watchful eye, always searching for material he can use creatively. In a way, I have idolized Pål for years and I still depend on him to help me sort out my own ideas.”
6 March 2014
The three members of A-ha, Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar Savoy, were appointed Knights of the 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for their contribution to Norwegian music. The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav is granted as a reward for distinguished services to their country and mankind. The official ceremony took place on 6 November 2012. With his wife, he has produced many CDs as the band Savoy. In 2001 Waaktaar released his fourth studio album, “Reasons to stay indoors”, which was again a big success in Norway. On 30 August 2004, Savoy released their fifth studio album called ‘Savoy’ through their own label, Eleventeen Records.
5 March 2014
In 2004 the compilation album The Singles: 1984-2004 was released, their last album with WEA. After that A-ha signed to Universal. Analogue was released in 2005. The title-track entered the UK-charts on #10. The band’s ninth studio album, “Foot of the Mountain” was released in 2009.
Paul has said “Morten is totally different from me. When we first came to London together, he burned all my clothes and re-dressed me from head to toe. I don’t care much about clothes, whereas he’s always very interested in them. 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. No one sings like Morten. He’s got what it takes and I have great faith in him.”
4 March 2014
Paul Waaktaar-Savoy is a Norwegian musician and songwriter. He is best known for his work as the main songwriter and guitarist in the Norwegian pop band A-ha. He has written or co-written most of the band’s biggest hits, including “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.”, “Hunting High and Low”, “Take on Me”, the James Bond theme “The Living Daylights” and the ballad “Summer Moved On”. In addition, Waaktaar-Savoy is also a painter. Paul was the lead guitarist and main songwriter for A-ha, one of the most successful bands of the 1980s. Once “Q Magazine” named him as one of the best unknown lyricists of his generation. A-ha performed “Summer Moved On” live at the Nobel-Peace-Price-Concert. After this, they decided to record a new album and, in 2000, A-ha had the comeback of the year, followed by a sold-out tour. The A-ha album “Lifelines” was released in 2002. The following tour was documented in A-ha’s second official live album, How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head, which was released in March 2003.
3 March 2014
Harket has three children with his ex-wife Camilla Malmquist Harket, to whom he was married between 11 February 1989 and 1998: Jakob Oscar Martinus Malmquist Harket (b. 14 May 1989), Jonathan Henning Adler Malmquist Harket (b. 30 December 1990), and Anna Katharina Tomine Malmquist Harket (b. 14 April 1993, uses Tomine as her first name). 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.
2 March 2014
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 NME’s 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 Henny and Reidar Harket, and brother to Gunvald, Håkon, Ingunn and Kjetil, Morten grew up in Asker. Early musical influences included Uriah Heep, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Johnny Cash, Toto, Elton John, David Bowie, and Peter Gabriel. Harket’s family runs a successful bakery business, the only one in Norway specialising in “Scotch Pies”.
1 March 2014
Harket has collaborated in live performances and in studio recordings with several artists. Among them, Pakistani 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 withGraham Nash and Anneli Drecker.
Harket released another solo album, Letter from Egypt, on 28 May 2008 via Universal Records Germany. In 2009 Harket created and performed the main theme of A Name is a Name, a film about Macedonia by Sigurjon Einarsson. 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.
28 February 2014
Magne Furuholmen describes Harket as “together”. Furuholmen says Harket “believes strongly in everything he does. This goes for the band too, and it rubs off on us. He has the courage of his own convictions and cannot be shaken. He’s an expert at always getting the last word, whether he’s right or not. Morten is very loyal and he’s fair when it comes to giving people a chance, letting them show who they are and what they’re worth before judging them.”
The three members of A-ha, Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar Savoy, were appointed Knights of the 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for their contribution to Norwegian music. The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav is granted as a reward for distinguished services to their country and mankind. The official ceremony took place on 6 November 2012.In 1993, Harket performed a cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Crewe/Gaudio on the Coneheads movie soundtrack in 1993. After A-ha went on a hiatus in 1994, Harket pursued a solo career, and has so far released five studio albums. 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. 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.
27 February 2014
Harket held a note in the falsetto range 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.Pål 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.”
26 February 2014
In 1984, A-ha released their first single, “Take On Me”, which became a hit only on the third attempt in 1985, after it had been re-recorded and accompanied by a music video directed by Steve Barron. The single’s international success helped A-ha’s debut album Hunting High and Low to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. Their second studio album was Scoundrel Days, followed byStay on These Roads and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. The band then issued the commercially disappointing Memorial Beach, after which the band went on hiatus.
Harket re-joined his colleagues in A-ha in 1998 to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize concert. Since 1998, A-ha has released four studio albums and several compilations. Their eighth studio album Analogue was released in 2005, and became a big hit worldwide, achieving Platinum certification in the UK. The band’s last studio album Foot of the Mountain was released in the summer of 2009.