- History -

1956 - 1998

The '70s
1970
The band releases its fifteenth album, The Spotnicks Back in The Race, and album with a live feeling, lacking the perfection of their previous works, but still very good! It is unbelievable that this LP still isn’t re-released on CD!

It has been in the air for a while, that the members of The Spotnicks have started to get tired of each other and of touring and that they all want to do other things. Sure enough, after having released yet a couple of singles, they confirm that the group breaks up.

Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Bob Lander rhythm guitar and vocal 
Göran Samuelsson keyboard and vocal 
Magnus Hellsberg bass 
Tommy Tausis drums
On the b-side of one of the singles, Balladen om Efraim Killer (with Swedish lyrics) sung by Peter Winsnes, there is the song Käre Lars i Afrika which is more or less a joke...

 

1971
A Japanese record label ask Bo Winberg to reunite The Spotnicks in the studio to record some Japanese songs, and he accepts. These songs are released on the album Ame No Ballad plus a single with the tracks Rosaria In Blue and Winter Story.
A single with the songs Go Go Frölunda and Iskrigarnas Inmarsch/Western Blue Stars is released on the label MBC-Music. This record is sold as a souvenir for the fans of the icehockey team of Västra Frölunda.

 

1972
Bo Winberg wants to play again and he records the LP Something Like Country.
Except Bo and Magnus Hellsberg, the musicians on this album are Juri Wijk, Lennart Hermansson, Bernt Andersson, Claes Pettersson, Calle Ahrman, Hans Jenbratt, Leif Nyström and Janne Persson. This album is confirmed to be one of The Spotnicks’ best ever.

Parts of this line-up record 13 more Japanese compositions at the request of the Japanese record label.

Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Juri Wijk lead/rhythm guitar and vocal 
Lennart Hermansson rhythm guitar 
Calle Ahrman rhythm guitar 
Hans Jenbratt rhythm guitar 
Bernt Andersson keyboard, accordion and harmonica 
Janne Persson piano 
Magnus Hellsberg bass 
Claes Pettersson drums 
Leif Nyström drums
Bo Winberg take part in the orchestra for the Swedish production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, where Peter Winsnes plays the part of Jesus and where a man named Peter Wiberg also is part of the ensemble.
During the Olympic Games of Munich, If You Could Read My Mind is used as signature tune for a daily German TV-show about the Olympics. The songs turns incredibly popular and is probably The Spotnicks greatest hit in Europe ever.

 

1973
12 of the Japanese tracks recorded 1971-72 are released on the LP The Spotnicks in Japan.
The Spotnicks recieve the award of The Bronze Lion for If You Could Read My Mind. Together with Peter Wiberg, Bo Maniette, Matz Nilsson and Johann Dielemans, Bo Winberg goes to Dortmund to perform the song on the ceremonious attendance on the 3rd of March in Westfalenhalle.

The same group record some songs, which at first are released as singles, but later together with other songs form the new LP Bo Winberg and The Spotnicks Today.

Bo Winberg lead guitar
Bo Maniette rhythm guitar
Peter Wiberg keyboard
Matz Nilsson bass 
Johann Dielemans drums
Also playing on this album are Lennart Hermansson and Anders Kjellberg. Bo Winberg lead guitar
Bo Maniette rhythm guitar 
Lennart Hermansson rhythm guitar 
Peter Wiberg keyboard 
Matz Nilsson bass 
Johann Dielemans drums 
Anders Kjellberg drums

 

Late this year Bo Winberg forms a new band for a concert in Berlin.

The group records Wichita Lineman and Theme from For A Few Dollars More.

 

Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Håkan Mjörnheim lead/rhythm guitar 
Mats Björklund lead/rhythm guitar and vocals 
Peter Wiberg keyboard 
Matz Nilsson bass 
Anders Kjellberg drums

 

1974
The mentioned songs from 1973 are released on a single in Germany. Tommy Tausis rejoins the band as a drummer in January, when their next tour begins in Germany. Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Håkan Mjörnheim lead/rhythm guitar 
Mats Björklund lead/rhythm guitar and vocals
Peter Wiberg keyboard
Matz Nilsson bass 
Tommy Tausis drums

 

During the tour (in February) bass player Matz Nilsson leaves the group and is replaced by Leif Paulsen.

On the discoteque Badewanne in Berlin, on the 6th and 7th of March, material for The Spotnicks second (!) live album The Spotnicks Live In Berlin ‘74 is recorded.

13 other songs/versions of this recording are released in 1988 on an LP with the same name on the label Star-Club Records.

The group do another tour of Germany later this spring.

During the summer The Spotnicks do a tour of Swedish amusement parks and they also record a single with the songs Maple Leaf Rag and Daydream.

 

Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Håkan Mjörnheim lead/rhythm guitar 
Mats Björklund lead/rhythm guitar and vocals 
Peter Wiberg keyboard 
Leuf Paulsen bass 
Tommy Tausis drums
The guitarist Håkan Mjörnheim quits in August and is replaced by Torgny "Todde" Stoor, who already in 1963 had replaced Bo Winberg on some concerts in Sweden.

During the autumn The Spotnicks do another tour of Germany.

Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Torgny Stoor lead/rhythm guitar and vocals 
Mats Björklund lead/rhythm guitar 
Peter Wiberg keyboard 
Leuf Paulsen bass 
Tommy Tausis drums

 

1975
Early this year The Spotnicks go to Japan again for a month-long tour, including several TV appearances.
This is followed by some concerts in Germany again and, after that, a tour of Sweden.
In May they release a new single with Love Said Goodbye and The Taste Of Your Love and they begin to work on a new album.
During the autumn The Spotnicks do another tour of Germany.
In November they enter Olympic Studios in Munich to complete the new LP.

 

1976
In February the LP Feelings, in my opinion one of their better albums, is released. It is notable, to say the least, that this album too is still not re-released on CD!
Now reduced to a quartet, they do another tour of Germany during March/April. Once coming home again, the group breaks up. Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Torgny Stoor lead/rhythm guitar and vocals 
Leuf Paulsen bass 
Tommy Tausis drums

 

The Olympic Games are this year held in Canada and in Germany they once again use If You Could Read My Mind as signature tune for their TV programme about the games.
Once again the record label derive advantage of the big interest for the song. In August a compilation LP named after the song is released and this is followed by two more compilations.
During the autumn Bo Winberg, Bob Lander, Björn Thelin and Tommy Tausis meet to discuss a new collaboration. They begin the recording of a new album before doing one of those countless tours of Germany.

 

Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Bob Lander rhythm guitar, vocal 
Björn Thelin bass 
Tommy Tausis drums
1977
The Spotnicks complete the recording of the new LP in January and then the band breaks up again.
Bob Lander adapts and mixes the recorded material in his studio in a way that Bo Winberg dislikes. The release, which is going to be on the label Marianne Records, is delayed.
In Germany no interest for the latest tracks is shown. Instead they re-release The Spotnicks in Spain and in France they also take the dust of earlier recordings and re-release them.
In June, Bo Winberg and Björn Thelin, together with the drummer Peter Milefors, record old hits, that later this year are released on the LP Charttoppers Recorded 77. Bo Winberg lead guitar
Björn Thelin bass
 
Peter Milefors drums
This LP is also released in, among other countries, England where it’s renamed The Very Best of The Spotnicks. This is the first Spotnicks album released there for 12 years!
In Germany, Polydor releases a series of compilations with different bands, including a double-LP named The Story of The Spotnicks.
Later this year the LP The Spotnicks in Winterland is released in Germany for the first time.
In August it is time for the next visit to Germany and joining Bo Winberg and Björn Thelin are Gunnar Winald and Anders Erixon. Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Gunnar Winald rhythm guitar, vocal 
Björn Thelin bass 
Anders Erixon drums

 

1978
At last, in January Marianne Records release the LP The Great Snowman, i.e. the songs recorded during the winter 1976/77.
In May it is once again time for a tour of Germany. This time Tommy Tausis is back behind the drums. Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Gunnar Winald rhythm guitar, vocal 
Björn Thelin bass 
Tommy Tausis drums

 

Bo Winberg goes to France and together with French studio musicians he records the album Never trust robots, consisting of songs on the space theme especially written for this purpose.

 

Bo Winberg lead guitar 
French studio musicians
In October the "original members" assemble to record the LP Saturday night music... Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Bob Lander rhythm guitar, vocal 
Björn Thelin bass 
Tommy Tausis drums

 

...and in November the album Pink Lady Superhits is recorded with a new band personnel. Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Göran Samuelsson keyboard 
Kenth Andersson bass 
Stefan Möller drums

 

On the concerts that follow, The Spotnicks have a new line-up again. Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Ove Lindell lead/rhythm guitar, vocal 
Kenth Andersson bass 
Lasse Öhberg drums

 

1979
This year the albums Saturday night music and Pink Lady Superhits are released in Sweden and Japan respectively.
In Germany an LP named Indigo is released, which among other songs include the two new songs Bonanza and Indigo, recorded in 1978.
During the autumn Bob Lander returns to The Spotnicks who among other things appear in several German TV shows. Bo Winberg lead guitar 
Bob Lander rhythm guitar, vocal 
Ove Lindell lead/rhythm guitar, vocal 
Kenth Andersson bass 
Lasse Öhberg drums

Sören Alverfeldt 1998