Alice Babs has died at the age of 90 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT
Swedish jazz singer dies aged 90

The world of jazz remembers Alice Babs

"Her passion for music was just everything"
7:54 min

Swedish singer and actress Alice Babs died on Tuesday at the age of 90 in an elderly care home after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

"She died calmly and silently, surrounded by her family," lawyer Thomas Bodström told tabloid Expressen.

Babs' daughter, Titti Sjöblom, said: "We are very happy that we got to spend these last months with our dear mother."

In September 2012, Sjöblom revealed that her mother had suffered a stroke and in June 2013 the family announced that Babs had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Alice Babs was Sweden's most famous jazz singer. "I would say that we will remember a person who just loved music. Her passion for music was just everything," said Swedish Radio's jazz expert Berit Nygren to Radio Sweden.

Her breakthrough as a swing singer came with the 1940 film Swing It, Teacher!(Swing it, magistern!). She toured the U.S and worked with Duke Ellington who admired her voice. She took part in performances of Ellington's second and third Sacred Concerts which he had originally written for her.

In 1958, she was the first artist to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 4th place with the song "Lilla stjärna" ("Little Star").

The same year, she formed Swe-Danes with guitarist Ulrik Neumann and violinist Svend Asmussen. The group became popular touring the United States together, and many believe she could have been a huge star in the United States if she had relocated there. Alice Babs though chose to stay in Sweden with her husband Nils Ivar Sjöblom and three children.

Babs acted in around 20 musicals and collaborated with several prominent Swedish artists, including Charlie Norman and Povel Ramel. She was appointed as court singer in 1972.

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