The moment Björgvin Halldórsson first appeared on stage singing Penny Lane, he kickstarted one of the most brilliant careers in Icelandic pop music history. Having started out singing with the band Bendix, Björgvin has since been in bands such as Change, Hljómar and HLH, has released albums of children's ballads as well as a stream of notable solo albums. Björgvin has also worked as a producer and musical director. His voice can be heard on more than 500 recordings (he has recorded over 900) and he has taken part in many song contests both in Iceland and abroad. In 2005 Björgvin he released a triple CD box, containing 70 of his most popular songs, along with 4 new recordings. He will be in the studio for the winter of 2007 producing various albums, among them a tribute album to country legend Hank Williams and the 7th "Songs of Iceland" album, which contains many of the best Icelandic songs from way back when. Bo is also writing material for a new solo album.
Björgvin Halldórsson was born on April 16th 1951. After two good years with Bendix, he joined FLOWERS, the most popular band in Iceland during this time. He soon formed the band Ævintýri (Fairy Tale) with former members of Flowers, Sigurjón Sighvatsson bassplayer and Arnar Sigurbjörnsson guitarplayer.
He fulfilled his dream of becoming a star with that band when they performed in the Laugardalshöllin arena for 4500 people who then voted him pop star of the year on October 1st 1969. Ævintýri wanted to release an album but the label thought a solo album with Björgvin would be more profitable.
The album was released late in 1970 and sold well. The guys from Ævintýri formed a new band called Brimkló, but Björgvin soon left because of musical differences. He joined the band Change for a short time and then left to join the band Hljómar which was reuniting. They released the album Hljómar 74 in 1974 but it wasn..t a commercial success so the band dissolved.
Instead they formed the band Ðe lónlí blú boys which became extremely popular and released many fun-filled albums. Björgvin worked with Gunnar Þórðarsson on two albums of children..s ballads called Einu sinni var which was released in 1976 and is still on of the best selling albums in Icelandic history and Út um græna grundu a year later.
In 1976 Brimkló was revived and became a hit with their first LP. In 1978 Björgvin released his second solo album, Ég syng fyrir þig (I Sing for You) which is one of his most popular albums. In 1979 Björgvin put on his leather jacket and rock..n rolled with comedic brother-duo Halli og Laddi in the band HLH. They released a few albums through the years and were always hugely popular.
In 1980 Björgvin released the album Dagar og Nætur (Days and Nights) with singer Ragnhildur Gísladóttir which became very popular despite the great punk revolution that was finding its way to Iceland at the time. In 1982 his third solo album Á hverju kvöldi (Every Night) was released.
In 1986 he released the album Björgvin which contains a few of his most popular songs, e.g. Ég lifi í Draumi by Eyjólfur Kristjánsson and Ástin by Valgeir Guðjónsson. A year later his first Christmas album of three, where Björgvin sings with known Icelandic singers, was released. The other two albums Allir fá þá eitthvað fallegt and Jólagestir 3 were released in 1989 and 1995. In 1993 Björgvin released the album Kom Heim (Come Home).
In 1995 Björgvin represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contes in Dublin with the song Núna cowritten by him and Ed Welch
The songs Gullvagninn and Milljón glappaskotin became instant hits and Björgvin was one of the first artists to make gospel music popular in Iceland. Later he made two other gospel albums Hærra til þín in 1995 and Alla leið heim in 1997.
Many of his songs have been collected on various compilation albums. In 2001 Björgvin released a new solo album and surprised people with his renditions of two songs by Icelandic artist Megas. Björgvin has also worked as a producer and musical director. His voice can be heard on more than 500 recordings in Icelandic music history and he has taken part in many song contests both in Iceland and abroad.
In 2003 Björgvin released an album where he sings duets with many of Iceland..s most popular younger singers.
In 2005 Bjorgvin released a triple CD box , containing 70 of his most popular songs, along with 4 new recordings. Bjorgvin has recorded around 900 songs in his succesful career. This Compilation Box was a best seller before christmas and sold around 13.000 units in Iceland and is still going strong.
To celebrate Bjorgvins 35 years in the recording business he staged a show at the prestigous Broadway Club in Reykjavik. The show premiered in october and is still running to a packed house. A 9 piece band with 2 actors and 4 dancers take you through Bjorgvin..s songs through the years in 2 hours.
In November 2006 Bjorgvin staged concerts at the Sports Stadium in Reykjavik. Along with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra , The Male Choir Fostbrædur, rock band and some of the most popular singers in Iceland he sold out the stadium 3 times..a total of 10.000 people. These concerts are now released on DVD and CD and are receiving rave reviews and are avalailable in all records stores in Iceland. Also avalable on the internet at www.tonlist.is and wwww.tonlist.com.
These concerts were released in November in a 2 CD box. One DVD and a CD. This
box was at the top of the charts in Iceland over Christmas and was the seasons best seller. The concerts were also screened on New Years day on Channel 2 in Iceland
Bjorgvin wil still be recording and producing. His next project are various and exiting projects. He will be in the studio for the vinter of 2007 producing albums. Among the projects that Bo will be working on on is a tripute album to the country legend Hank Williams. Bo is hoping to have many of the top Icelandic artists to take part in this project. Also in the works is the 7th "Songs of Iceland" album that contains many of the best Icelandic songs from way back when.
Bo is also writing material for a new solo album. Release date is not confirmed.
The Icelandic Music Awards were televised from Borgarleikhusid in Reykjavik on January 31st. Awards were handed out to many of Icelands leading artists. Bo was nominated in 2 categories, performer of the year 2006 and as a part of the Band Baggalutur
….www.baggalutur.is…. Bo sang the lead in one of the most popular songs of 2006 " Allt fyrir mig". Bo won the perfomer of the year award.
He closed the show with the band Baggalutur. The radio station RADIO 700 in Germany featured Bo in a 3 hour radio show recently. A crew of two traveled to Iceland with the help of Icelandair and interviewed Bo and they went over his career and played some 30 songs. It was broadcasted in april to a large audience of listeners.