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Evert Taube

(March 12, 1890-January 31 1976) was a Swedish author, artist, composer and singer. He was born in Gothenburg, and brought up on the island of Vinga, Bohuslän, as the son of Carl Gunnar Taube and Julia Sofia Jacobsdotter.

In 1925 he married Astri Linnéa Mathilda Bergman. He died in Stockholm.

Taube began his career as singer-songwriter as a recollector of sailors' tunes, developed an interest in Latin American music and introduced the Argentinian tango to Sweden in the twenties. He is perhaps best known as depictor of the idyllic, with motives from the Swedish archipelagoes and from the Mediterranean, from a perspective every Swedish four-week holiday tourist could recognize. But has also written the most hitting anti-fascist anti-war poem in the Swedish language, ''Målaren och Maria Pia'' from the late 30s, as well as the anthem of the budding environmental movement in the 70s, ''Änglamark''.

On his 60th birthday in 1950, Taube received the Bellman Award from the Swedish Academy and in 1960 he received an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University. He was elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1970.

#Per-Evert (born 1926)


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