Lars E Carlsson
Lars E. Carlsson was born and raised in Örebro, Sweden. He comes from a very musical family. He learned to play the piano at the age of nine and an acoustic guitar when he turned 14. He sometimes played it until his fingers bled. As a teenager he often listened to Radio Luxemburg and the music he heard there influenced him strongly. As a guitarist he played in various local bands.
Lars started to write songs in 1960 and soon got in contact with music publisher Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, who later became the manager of ABBA. His first record, a song called Ozark, resulted out of this partnership. In 1965 Lars got his first job as an A&R manager at the record company Cupol. He later founded his own label Dollar Records together with singer Åke Söhr. One of their first recordings was with the famous singer Christer Sjögren.
Lars left Cupol for a job as label manager at Olga Records, a company owned by music publisher Åke Gerhard. The main artist on that label was the band Hep Stars, in which Benny Andersson from ABBA started his songwriting career.
In the early 70s Lars played with various well-known artists and bands, such as Emile Ford (What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For) and the Nilsmen, a band from Stockholm. He worked as a studio musician (bass player) together with numerous Swedish artists and bands. He also worked as a musician for the famous film director Ingmar Bergman in a theatre play (Dramaten) in Stockholm.
Lars landed his first hit as a songwriter together with lyricist Hans Siden in 1975 with Tomma löften stora ord sung by Anna-Lena Löfgren. 1977 he had great success co-writing songs for the band Forbes, which represented Sweden at the ESC that year.
Lars has (co-)written around 3000 songs. Around 700 of them were recorded by artists from Sweden (Sven-Ingvars, Vikingarna, Thorleifs, Lasse Stefanz, Arvingarna, Rolandz, Wisex, Flamingokvintetten, Christer Sjögren, Sylvia Vrethammar, Lotta Engberg and Wenche Myhre). Lars' biggest hit is "I ett fotoalbum", a song he co-wrote with Hans Sidén. Another big hit in Sweden was Vacation, a song written specifically for the travel company Solresor. The Swedish version Semester is still often played on radio and TV stations in Scandinavia.
Lars has also written songs for international artists in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zeeland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Finland. His songs were also used in 3 Hollywood movies: Blue Dream (James Duval, 2013), Mr. Hunter (Ron Beck, George Lazenby, 2015) and Samuraij Cop 2 Deadly Vengeance (Mathew Karedas, 2015).