Saturday 9 May 1987


Born: August 25th, 1942, Oslo (Norway)
Died: June 8th, 2016, Oslo (Norway)
Nationality: Norwegian

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Terje Fjærn studied the trumpet at the Oslo Music Conservatory. He was an instrumentalists in the orchestras of Kjell Karlsen and Bent Sølves, before he founded a band of his own in 1969, simply called the Terje Fjærn Orchestra; this ensemble included well-known jazz musicians such as Knut Riisnæs and Calle Neumann, and accompanied many artists on stage and in the recording studio (e.g. Benny Borg, Gro Anita Schønn, Inger Lise Rypdal, and Stein Ingebrigtsen. Fjærn was the musical director of many revue and musical performances in Oslo, including the Norwegian version of My Fair Lady.


Terje Fjærn conducted two Norwegian Eurovision entries: ‘La det swinge’ by the BobbySocks in 1985 and ‘Mitt liv’ by Kate Gulbrandsen in 1987; both songs were composed and arranged by Rolf Løvland. ‘La det swinge’ was the first Norwegian song ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1986, when the contest was held in Bergen (Norway), Fjærn assisted musical director Egil Monn-Iversen by writing all orchestrations for the interval music.


Country – Norway
Song title – "La det swinge"
Rendition – Bobbysocks (Hanne Krogh / Elisabeth Andreasson)
Lyrics – Rolf Løvland
Composition – Rolf Løvland
Studio arrangement – Rolf Løvland / Torgny Söderberg
Live orchestration – Rolf Løvland / Torgny Söderberg
Conductor – Terje Fjærn
Score – 1st place (123 votes)

Assistant-MD / no entries conducted

Country – Norway
Song title – "Mitt liv"
Rendition – Kate Gulbrandsen
Lyrics – Hanne Krogh / Rolf Løvland
Composition – Rolf Løvland
Studio arrangement – Rolf Løvland
Live orchestration – Rolf Løvland
Conductor – Terje Fjærn
Score – 9th place (65 votes)

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