Teddy Nelson (1939 - 1992) was born in Bergen.   
He had his artist debut in 1955, and made his first record in 1964. He quickly made his mark in the Norwegian country music scene as the first artist to bring humour into the otherwise dark and dim lyrics and songs, and soon after became known also in the US for his original vocal performance. By 1970 he had recorded and released fourteen singles.
In 1976, Nelson recorded the album "Diggy Liggy", which turned out to be his major breakthrough in Norway, which became the number one country music record in Norway that year. A few years later he finally achieved fame in USA, becoming the first Norwegian singer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Here he was also named «International Star of the Year» in both 1981 and 1982. In 1989 he was awarded the Country Music Roundup in London, the highest recognition of country music in Europe. Since then, he has been credited by many Nashville producers as being one of the artists to make way for «The modern Nashville sound».
In the spring of 1991, Nelson was diagnosed with cancer. The illness took its toll on the singer, who nonetheless refused to give in, staying active until the very end. During his final year he began a collaboration with famed country artist Skeeter Davis, but the duo was sadly shortlived, it's only product being the 1991 album You Were Made for Me.
On June 8, 1992, Nelson was on tour in Denmark, when he passed away whilst relaxing in the backroom, waiting to take the stage in Ålborg. He was 52 years old. He was buried in Sandefjord on August 16, 1992 with the headstone displaying his artist name, Teddy Nelson.
Since his death, Nelson has been given tributes by both his son, Rudi Nielsen, who performs with his own band playing his fathers songs. He also performed with his father from 1979-1992. Norwegian group Vassendgutane has also done covers of Nelsons songs both on records and live, with two of the members in the band being former band members in Nelsons own touring band.

Teddy Nelson has given us a treasure of good songs and great lyrics. In 2014 came the double CD "Langs Norskekysten" (Along the Norwegian coastline), where Teddy and his son Rudi deliver 40 of his most acclaimed songs.

See Teddy and legendary fiddler Sigbjoern Bernhoft Osa in this classic performance: Skilsmisseferd i Hardanger.

Teddy Nelson has given us a treasure of great songs and fine lyrics.



40 Teddy Nelson-hits, now on double CD, ESS 019

I lusekoft og sixprence

11807-2 Honky Tonk Man

2621-2 From Hardanger to Karasjok

Produced by Nick Borgen in Gothenburg and Nashville

ARLP 1502 Recorded at Rainbow Studio

Duet album from 1991 with Skeeter Davis
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