"a-ha" are a Norwegian band who were most popular in the UK and the USA during the 1980s, but continued to be globally successful in the 1990s and 2000s. The trio, composed of lead vocalist Morten Harket, guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (known as Pål Waaktaar until 1994) and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, formed in 1982 and left Norway for London in order to make a career in the music business. The origin of the name "a-ha" comes from the title of an early song (The Juicyfruit Song). After checking dictionaries in several languages, they found out that "a-ha" was an international way of expressing recognition, with positive connotations. It was short, easy to say and unusual.
*Morten Harket - Vocals (1982-94; 1998-present)
*Magne Furuholmen - Keyboards (1982-94; 1998-present)
*Paul Waaktaar-Savoy - Guitars (1982-94; 1998-present)
The song "Take On Me" was the first thing Morten Harket heard Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy play. At that time the song was called "Lesson One." After multiple re-recordings and two failed releases, "Take On Me" became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1985. The first release of the song in 1984 only sold 300 copies, ...
|years active||1982 – 1994, 1998 – present|
|music genre||Pop music|
|current members|| Morten Harket|