Kim Larsen

Real Name:
Kim Melius Flyvholm Larsen
Profile:
Danish singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor, born 23 October 1945 in Copenhagen, died 30 September 2018 in Odense. Since the 1970's one of the most popular Danish artists as the unofficial leader of Gasolin' in the 70's and as the best-selling solo artist of the 80's. In total, as a solo artist Kim Larsen has sold approximately 3 million records, equivalent of one record for every two Danes.
In 1969 he founded Gasolin' with Franz Beckerlee and Wili Jønsson. They were later joined by drummer Søren Berlev, and by their third album in 1973 they had grown to be the most popular Danish rock band. The band was characterized by Beckerlee's Hendrix-inspired guitar licks and melodic streetwise social-romantic lyrics, that, even when credited to the band and lyricist Mogens Mogensen, clearly were masterminded by Larsen. The band's national stardom continued until growing tensions between Larsen and Beckerlee led to Gasolin' disbanding on 21 August 1978.
During the Gasolin' era Larsen also had several side-projects. In 1973 he released his first solo album, the folkish singer-songwriter album "Værsgo" which was an instant success with the Danish audience. Three decades after its release it was included in Kulturkanonen, a list of essential Danish cultural heritage. In 1977 he released "Kim Larsen & Yankee Drengene" an English language album recorded in the US in an attempt to achieve the international breakthrough that had failed for Gasolin' a couple of years earlier. This album failed as well. Occasionally he recorded and performed with side-projects Sylvester's Jukebox and Starfuckers (2). He also wrote the 1978 hit "Se Venedig Og Dø" for Lone Kellermann.
Post-Gasolin' after a second Danish language pop solo album "231045-0637", Larsen did a third attempt for international success: In 1980 he moved to New York and established the band Kim Larsen And Jungledreams, this time in a disco/synthpop style. After two albums that proved to fail as well, Larsen returned to his home country and stuck to the Danish language and a national focus which proved instantly successful. His next album, the 1983 release "Midt Om Natten" sold more than half a million copies and remains the best-selling album in Denmark ever. The album was also the soundtrack for the eponymous box office hit movie, which he wrote and co-starred, securing him a "Robert" actors award.
Throughout the 80's with his band Kim Larsen & Bellami he remained at the top of the charts and maintained his status as a national poet and top-selling artist. However by the early 1990's his popularity had gradually decreased and the 1992 album "Wisdom Is Sexy" was a critical failure and sold poorly.
With his next band, Kim Larsen & Kjukken, he turned his repertoire towards pure pop music and lost appeal with the youth. However, with 2001's "Sange Fra Glemmebogen", Larsen regained his popularity and Kim Larsen & Kjukken proved to be his most stable constellation, regularly releasing new material over a period of 20 years until his death.
In January 2018 it was made public that Larsen suffered from prostate cancer. Nevertheless, he completed a national tour over the summer of 2018. His concert at Valdemars Slot on 24 August 2018 proved to be his last.
Kim Larsen was married 3 times and fathered 6 children, including Sylvester Larsen and Hjalmer.
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Kim Larsen Discography Tracks

Albums

Kim Larsen - Værsgo album art Kim Larsen Værsgo (Album) CBS Denmark 1973 Sell This Version
Kim Larsen - Kim Larsen & Yankee Drengene album art Kim Larsen Kim Larsen & Yankee Drengene (Album) CBS Denmark 1977 Sell This Version
Kim Larsen - 231045-0637 album art Kim Larsen 231045-0637 (Album, Single) CBS Denmark 1979 Sell This Version
Kim Larsen - Jungle Dreams album art Kim Larsen Jungle Dreams (Album) CBS Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
Kim Larsen - Midt Om Natten album art Kim Larsen Midt Om Natten (Album) Medley Records Denmark 1983 Sell This Version
Kim Larsen - Kim I Cirkus album art Kim Larsen Kim I Cirkus (Album) Medley Records Scandinavia 1985 Sell This Version
Kim Larsen - Hvem Kan Sige Nej Til En Engel album art Kim Larsen Hvem Kan Sige Nej Til En Engel (Album) Medley Records Denmark 1994 Sell This Version
Kim Larsen - Mine Damer Og Herrer album art Kim Larsen Mine Damer Og Herrer (Album) Medley Records Denmark 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CBS 1932 Kim Larsen - Maria / Blaffersangen album art Kim Larsen Maria / Blaffersangen(7", Single) CBS CBS 1932 Denmark 1973 Sell This Version
CBS 2237 Kim Larsen - Joanna / De Fjorten Astronauter album art Kim Larsen & Søren Bernbom Kim Larsen & Søren Bernbom - Joanna / De Fjorten Astronauter(7", Single) CBS CBS 2237 Denmark 1974 Sell This Version
CBS 3257 Kim Larsen - Marken Er Høstet / Gør Mig Varm album art Kim Larsen / Sylvester's Jukebox Kim Larsen / Sylvester's Jukebox - Marken Er Høstet / Gør Mig Varm(7", Single) CBS CBS 3257 Denmark 1975 Sell This Version
Kim Larsen - Keep The Fiddlers Playin' / This Is My Life album art Kim Larsen Keep The Fiddlers Playin' / This Is My Life (Single) CBS Denmark 1977 Sell This Version
MDS 101 Kim Larsen - Skovsøen / Hør Nu Her Engang album art Stig Møller & Kim Larsen Stig Møller & Kim Larsen - Skovsøen / Hør Nu Her Engang(7", Single) Medley Records MDS 101 Denmark 1978 Sell This Version
CBS 6252 Kim Larsen - Sans Souci / Tijuana's Callin' album art Kim Larsen Sans Souci / Tijuana's Callin'(7", Single) CBS CBS 6252 Scandinavia 1978 Sell This Version
CBS 8310 Kim Larsen - Moderne Tider album art Kim Larsen Moderne Tider(7") CBS CBS 8310 Denmark 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 8311 Kim Larsen - Tutta album art Kim Larsen Tutta(7", Single) CBS CBS 8311 Denmark 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 7873 Kim Larsen - Køb Bananer album art Kim Larsen Køb Bananer(7", Single) CBS CBS 7873 Denmark 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 7101 Kim Larsen - Ud I Det Blå album art Kim Larsen Ud I Det Blå(7") CBS CBS 7101 Denmark 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 7872 Kim Larsen - Dagen Før / 682 A album art Kim Larsen Dagen Før / 682 A(7", Single) CBS CBS 7872 Scandinavia 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 7908 Kim Larsen - Dagen Før / Monkeymand album art Kim Larsen Dagen Før / Monkeymand(7", Single) CBS CBS 7908 Sweden 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 7871 Kim Larsen - Blip-Båt album art Kim Larsen Blip-Båt(7", Single) CBS CBS 7871 Scandinavia 1979 Sell This Version
Kim Larsen - Donnez-Moi Du Feu album art Kim Larsen Donnez-Moi Du Feu (Single, Maxi) CBS, CBS Spain 1981 Sell This Version
49-02653 Kim Larsen - Thin Ice album art Kim Larsen Thin Ice(12") Epic 49-02653 US 1981 Sell This Version
PRO 125 Kim Larsen - Vareprøve (Den Ny Kim Larsen) album art Kim Larsen Vareprøve (Den Ny Kim Larsen)(7", Promo) CBS PRO 125 Denmark 1981 Sell This Version
CBSA 1904 Kim Larsen - Til Tomorrow album art Kim Larsen, Kim Larsen + Jungledreams* Kim Larsen, Kim Larsen + Jungledreams* - Til Tomorrow(7") CBS CBSA 1904 France 1982 Sell This Version