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Ole Ivars
Origin Hamar, Norway
Genres Dansband music
Years active 1964-
Members
  • Tore Halvorsen
  • William Kristoffersen
  • Bjørn Elvestad
  • Ole Ødegård
  • Arne Willy Foss
  • Arild Engh
Past members
  • Lasse Johansen
  • Ivar Grønsveen

Ole Ivars is a dansband, established 1964 in Hamar, Norway. Their 1967 breakthrough came with the song Regnets rytme. Tore Halvorsen and William Kristoffersen are singers in the band, and William Kristoffersen also acts as a songwriter. Ole Ivars has won the Spellemannprisen awards several times, and in 2004, NRK labeled them as "Norway's dansband of all times". The band has received several cultural awards, and played in church buildings and concert halls throughout Norway

In 2007 the band had their first gold record, in Sweden, there they are mostly famous for the Kikki Danielsson duets "Jag trodde änglarna fanns" and "I mitt hjärta brinner lågan".

With the song Som i himmelen, the band participated at Melodi Grand Prix 2008, making it to the final, where the song was knocked out in the first round.

Members

  • Tore Halvorsen, guitar and vocals (from 1988)
  • William Kristoffersen, bass, vocals and lyrics
  • Bjørn Elvestad, guitar, accordion
  • Ole Ødegård, piano
  • Arne Willy Foss, flute, saxophone
  • Arild Engh, drums
  • Lasse Johansen, vocals and guitar (1973–1978)
  • Ivar Grønsveen, vocals and guitar (until his 17 October 1973 death)

Discography

Albums

  • 12 beste - (1968) (NO #18)
  • Ole Ivars - (1968) (NO #1)
  • Ole Ivars Vol. 2 - (1968) (NO #8)
  • Jeg vil se deg smile - (1969)
  • Flydur og andre tonearter - (1972)
  • Ole Ivars på farten - (1974)
  • Ole Ivars på farten igjen - (1975) (NO #17)
  • Ole Ivars farter videre - (1975)
  • Bli vår gjest - (1976)
  • Sangen vi fant - (1977)
  • Ole Ivars - (1978)
  • Kvelden venter på oss - (1979)
  • Venner av oss - (1980)
  • En prestkrage i min hand - (1982)
  • Jubileum - (1984)
  • Skolefri - (1986)
  • Jubileums-swing - (1989)
  • Jul - (1989)
  • Bære musikk - (1990)
  • På en - to - tre - (1991)
  • Lørdagskveld - (1992)
  • Spellemannsblod - (1993)
  • Kavalkade 40 låter gjennom 30 år - (1994)
  • Juleplata tel Ole Ivars - (1995)
  • Dans på Skjermertopp - (1997)
  • På cruise og tvers - (1998) (NO #30)
  • Ole Ivars 20 beste - (1999)
  • Ole Ivars i 2000 - (1999)
  • Medisin mot det meste - (2000) (NO #17)
  • Gull - (2000) (NO #18)
  • En får væra som en er - (2001)
  • 40 Beste - (2002)
  • Hverdag & fest - (2003) (NO #20)
  • Ole Ivars' Jul - (2003)
  • Gull 2 - (2004)
  • En annen dans - (2004)
  • Heldiggriser - (2004) (NO #18)
  • Vi tar det tel manda’n - (2005) (NO #12)
  • Fri Willy - (2006)
  • På en-to-tre - (2006)
  • Ole Ivars så klart! - (2006) (NO #19)
  • Jag trodde änglarna fanns - (2007) (NO #27)
  • Vi lever i håpet - (2007) (NO #11)
  • Platina - (2008) (NO #11)
  • Femten ferske - (2009) (NO #6)
  • Stjerneklart - (2010: (NO #9)
  • 34 - (2011) - (NO #6)
  • Ole Ivars 50 år - (2013) (NO #4)

DVD

  • Dans på Skjermertopp - (2006)
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