The fingers behind the distinctive A-ha synth sound
A-ha’s keyboardist Mags Furuholmen turns 56 today
Mags Furuholmen was born on November 1st, 1962 in Oslo, Norway, he came to prominence during the mid 1980’s as the keyboardist of the successful Pop band A-ha when they scored the top of the charts worldwide in 1985 with their hit “Take On Me”. The band had a string of hits during the decade including “Train Of Thought”, “Hunting High And Low”, “The Sun Always Shines On TV”, “You Are The One”, “Cry Wolf”, “Manhattan Skyline”, “I’ve Been Losing You” and “Stay On These Roads”. In 1987 they did the theme song for James Bond movie “The Living Daylights” which proved to be another hit song for the band. Despite all the achievements, towards the end of the decade they lost some popularity and ever since, they remained somehow active but without the same level of success as they had back in the 80’s. Their debut album “Hunting High And Low” from 1985, remains their best seller, it included some of the bands most memorable songs including “Take On Me” peaking at #15 on the Hot 100, praised by critics, the album made it possible for them to be the first ever Norwegian band nominated for a Grammy Award. The successful video for “Take On Me” won 6 MTV VMA’s in 1986 including Viewer’s Choice Award and Best New Artist. Furuholmen is also an visual artist with solo exhibitions held in Norway, the UK, and elsewhere in Europe. His work is represented in private and public institutions and museums worldwide, among them The Norwegian State Archives, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and others.
Watch the 1985 music video for “Train Of Thought” by A-ha
Listen to some of A-ha’s greatest songs compiled by Pop Expresso on Spotify
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