international was formed in Sweden at a time when there was
a great demand for dance bands.
music of this period was either guitar groups, (Beatles, Rolling
Stones etc.), or groups with horns and often a Hammond organ.
the band was going to play dance music, the boys had to make
a compromise in choosing a style. In 1970 there were two bands
who stood out on the international scene which suited the tastes
of the members and had danceable songs: Blood Sweat & Tears
music formed the core of the repertoire. Other influences were
the music of Jobim, Herb Alpert, and vocal groups like 5th Dimension
who had a hit with “Let the Sunshine”. Needless to say the band
was lucky that this so called “jazz rock” music was also selling
well in Sweden.
was no need to sing in Swedish at this moment in time as the
public was used to hearing these songs on the radio. Of course
the band could and did play the usual waltzs, tangos, swing
songs and hits of the day as the public in the park halls demanded
for the university students in Uppsala, Umeň, and Stockholm
was more fun as the public was really “hip”. The band was also
lucky to have a powerful singer (Tayfun) who could sing any
style in English.
time went on the band had to sing more commercial songs and
in Swedish; needlees to say 1970 – 1974 was a great time to
be a musician especially in Sweden.