Alice Babs in 1958, 8 years after this interview by Radio Sweden. Photo: SVT

"A schoolgirl wasn't allowed to sing in a restaurant" - Alice Babs remembered

"They stopped me many times"
2:44 min

One of Sweden's most famous and popular singers, Alice Babs, passed away this week at the age of 90. She started singing in her early teens, and went on to work with some of the greats of jazz and swing music.

Deep in the Radio Sweden archives we found an interview we did with her at the beginning of her career, back in 1950.

She was interviewed by presenter Robert Pierpont, who after working here at Radio Sweden later went on to work for CBS news in the states as a foreign correspondent during the Korean War and was also White House correspondent for years.

He started off the interview by asking Alice Babs about her name, which wasn't very Swedish.

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