Morten Harket

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Norwegian singer and musician, born 14 September 1959 in in Kongsberg, Norway. Father of Tomine Harket.

As the vocalist for a-ha, Morten Harket was considered as just another '80s MTV pretty boy. Born in Kongsberg, Norway, on September 14, 1959, Harket learned how to play piano at the age of four; raised on classical music, Harket was oblivious to rock and pop artists until he was 16.

Harket originally wanted to become a priest; however, when he joined the rock group Bridges, he had to quit his theological studies to find time for his band. In 1983, Harket formed a-ha with Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, harmonica, vocals) and Paal Waaktaar (bass, guitar, piano, vocals).

When a-ha released the video for "Take On Me" in America in 1985, critics tossed darts at Harket's pin-up looks, dismissing him as a Simon Le Bon clone. However, a-ha's debut album Hunting High and Low was much more diverse than "Take On Me" suggested, and Harket spilled his pain with a high-pitched falsetto over a bed of acoustic guitars and electronics long before Thom Yorke of Radiohead reaped awards and platinum albums for doing it.

Harket's stunning vocals finally acquired critical acclaim with a-ha's second album, Scoundrel Days, in 1986. In 1987, Harket's voice could be heard in the James Bond adventure The Living Daylights; a-ha peformed the film's theme song.

In addition to his work with a-ha, Harket has recorded three solo albums, Poetenes Evangelium, Wild Seed, and Vogts Villa. In 2000, Harket's haunting vocal work on a-ha's Minor Earth Major Sky mesmerized critics, drawing comparisons to Neil Young, the Verve, and R.E.M.
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Morten Harket - Kamilla Og Tyven (Originalmusikken Fra Filmene Til Penelope Film A/s) album art Ragnar Bjerkreim, Morten Harket Ragnar Bjerkreim, Morten Harket - Kamilla Og Tyven (Originalmusikken Fra Filmene Til Penelope Film A/s) (Album) MTG Music, MTG Music Norway 1992 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Poetenes Evangelium album art Morten Harket Poetenes Evangelium (Album) Kirkelig Kulturverksted Scandinavia 1993 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Wild Seed album art Morten Harket Wild Seed (Album) Warner Bros. Records Chile 1995 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Vogts Villa album art Morten Harket Vogts Villa (Album) Norsk Plateproduksjon Norway 1996 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Letter From Egypt album art Morten Harket Letter From Egypt (Album) Polydor, Universal Music Group Malaysia 2008 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Out Of My Hands album art Morten Harket Out Of My Hands (Album) We Love Music (3), Island Records, Universal Music Group Malaysia 2012 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Brother album art Morten Harket Brother (Album) Universal Music Group Europe 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

IDS 9 Morten Harket - Det Er Ennå Tid album art Bjørn Eidsvåg Med Morten Harket & Oslo Gospel Choir Bjørn Eidsvåg Med Morten Harket & Oslo Gospel Choir - Det Er Ennå Tid(7", Promo) Norsk Plateproduksjon IDS 9 Norway 1989 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-6451 Morten Harket - Can't Take My Eyes Off You album art Morten Harket Can't Take My Eyes Off You(CD, Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO-CD-6451 US 1993 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Spanish Steps album art Morten Harket Spanish Steps (Maxi, Single) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - A Kind Of Christmas Card album art Morten Harket A Kind Of Christmas Card (Single, Maxi) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Heaven's Not For Saints (Let It Go) album art Morten Harket Heaven's Not For Saints (Let It Go) (Single) Arista Europe 1996 Sell This Version
IDCDPR 612 Morten Harket - Herre I Drømmen album art Morten Harket Herre I Drømmen(CD, Single, Promo) Norsk Plateproduksjon IDCDPR 612 Norway 1996 Sell This Version
IDCDPR 611 Morten Harket - Tilbake Til Livet album art Morten Harket Tilbake Til Livet(CD, Single, Promo) Norsk Plateproduksjon IDCDPR 611 Norway 1996 Sell This Version
9362-43679-2 Morten Harket - Los Angeles album art Morten Harket Los Angeles(CD, Single) Warner Bros. Records 9362-43679-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
SOPHIEPROMO 99-2 Morten Harket - A Jester In Our Town album art Morten Harket A Jester In Our Town(CD, Single, Promo) Polydor SOPHIEPROMO 99-2 Norway 1999 Sell This Version
MTG-CDS 072 Morten Harket - Jungle Of Beliefs album art Morten Harket Jungle Of Beliefs(CD, Single) MTG MTG-CDS 072 Norway 1999 Sell This Version
SKP 2010-2 Morten Harket - Gildas Prayer album art Earth Affair feat. Morten Harket Earth Affair feat. Morten Harket - Gildas Prayer(CD, Single, Car) Skip Records (2) SKP 2010-2 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Kamilla Og Tyven album art Morten Harket Kamilla Og Tyven (Single) MTG Music Norway 2005 Sell This Version
602517548107 Morten Harket - Movies album art Morten Harket Movies(CD, Single) Universal Music Group, Polydor 602517548107 Norway 2007 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Darkspace (You're With Me) album art Morten Harket Darkspace (You're With Me) (Single) Polydor, Universal Music Group Germany 2008 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Scared Of Heights album art Morten Harket Scared Of Heights (Single) We Love Music (3), Island Records, Universal Music Group UK 2012 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - I'm The One album art Morten Harket I'm The One (Single) We Love Music (3) UK 2012 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Lightning album art Morten Harket Lightning (Single) Universal Music Group Norway 2012
MH 3 Morten Harket - Burn Money Burn album art Morten Harket Burn Money Burn(CDr, Single, Promo) Wrasse Records, Hump Head Records MH 3 UK 2012 Sell This Version

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lkmuggi

lkmuggi

December 4, 2018
Simply one of the best and greatest singers in “pop rock” history of all time. Unfortunately he doesn’t always get the credits that he really deserve. A wonderful and great person in which all people should cherish
openreeltoreel

openreeltoreel

May 9, 2018
As the vocalist for a-ha, Morten Harket was considered as just another '80s MTV pretty boy. Born in Kongsberg, Norway, on September 14, 1959, Harket learned how to play piano at the age of four; raised on classical music, Harket was oblivious to rock and pop artists until he was 16.

Harket originally wanted to become a priest; however, when he joined the rock group Bridges, he had to quit his theological studies to find time for his band. In 1983, Harket formed a-ha with Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, harmonica, vocals) and Paal Waaktaar (bass, guitar, piano, vocals).

When a-ha released the video for "Take On Me" in America in 1985, critics tossed darts at Harket's pin-up looks, dismissing him as a Simon Le Bon clone. However, a-ha's debut album Hunting High and Low was much more diverse than "Take On Me" suggested, and Harket spilled his pain with a high-pitched falsetto over a bed of acoustic guitars and electronics long before Thom Yorke of Radiohead reaped awards and platinum albums for doing it.

Harket's stunning vocals finally acquired critical acclaim with a-ha's second album, Scoundrel Days, in 1986. In 1987, Harket's voice could be heard in the James Bond adventure The Living Daylights; a-ha peformed the film's theme song.

In addition to his work with a-ha, Harket has recorded three solo albums, Poetenes Evangelium, Wild Seed, and Vogts Villa. In 2000, Harket's haunting vocal work on a-ha's Minor Earth Major Sky mesmerized critics, drawing comparisons to Neil Young, the Verve, and R.E.M.
BaqTrack

BaqTrack

December 6, 2012
I love his music!
Lizbr

Lizbr

June 5, 2011
Wonderful music

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