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Flying Norwegians

Flying Norwegians
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Flying Norwegians was a country rock band formed in Norway in 1974 by a group of skilled studio musicians. Rune Walle (guitar) and Gunnar Bergstrøm (drums) formed the group after playing in a popular rock band called Saft, taking the inspiration for their name from The Flying Burrito Brothers. They recruited Cato Sanden (guitar), Jarle Zimmerman (keyboards), and Johannes Torkelsen (bass); Sanden and Zommerman were the primary singers. The band opened for Ozark Mountain Daredevils on their 1976 Scandinavian tour, which led to Walle being offered the job of replacing that band's departing guitarist. After a break, Sanden reformed the band with Bergstrøm and Zimmerman plus new memebers Egil Skjelnes (steel guitar), Ronald Jensen (bass) and Jan Ove Hommel (guitars). By 1981, Zimmerman took the band in a New Wave direction, leading to the departure of all the other members, but this version of the band only managed one album before breaking up. The band reformed a number of times, producing a single further studio album, but Sanden's death in 2005 signalled a true ending.

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Flying Norwegians — Still Riding Flying Norwegians — Still Riding
(Norske Gram EKGCD 18, 1996, CD)
Flying Norwegians — Du Står I Veien Flying Norwegians — Du Står I Veien
(Sonet SLP 1461, 1981, LP)
Flying Norwegians — This Time Around Flying Norwegians — This Time Around
(Sonet SLP 1451, 1979, LP)
Flying Norwegians — Live Flying Norwegians — Live
(Sonet SLP 1438, 1977, LP)
Flying Norwegians — Wounded Bird Flying Norwegians — Wounded Bird
(Apollon Records APR023, 1975/2021, CD / DL)
Flying Norwegians — New Day Flying Norwegians — New Day
(Apollon Records APR022, 1974/2021, CD / DL)

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