Pelle Joner was born in Oslo, Norway in 1927. At the age of twelve he joined the St. Olavs Choir (Singing Boys of Norway) where he sang the octave-soprane for three years. For a short period later he played the ukelele, and then changed to the guitar, an instrument he has been playing now for 15 years. To begin with, he played in various jazz bands, but soon he discovered the possibilities of the guitar and from the(n) on he concentrated on classical music.
In Scandinavian countries the singing of "viser" and folksongs is considered an art of its own. This field appeals strongly to Pelle. He has appeared before all kinds of audiences, from the radio audiences of Norway and other European countries, to the smallest informal groups.
During his vacationas(sic) he has been criss-crossing Europe, earning his living as a wandering troubadour, singing in the streets and small cafes. He has thus aquired(sic) a large repertory, comprising songs from all parts of the world, from America to Indonesia, from Italy to Finland. He is very careful always to sing the different songs in their original language, and has thus aquired(sic) fragmentary knowledge of about 12 different languages besides English, German, and French which he speaks rather fluently.
His spare time he has spent studying sciences and graduated from the University of Oslo in 1956 majoring in Biochemistry. He is now connected to the University as a Research Associate in Virology."