Jørgen Ingmann

Jørgen Ingmann
Background information
Birth name Jørgen Ingmann Pedersen
Born (1925-04-26)26 April 1925
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 21 March 2015(2015-03-21) (aged 89)
Holte, Denmark
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1944–84
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul

Jørgen Ingmann (26 April 1925 – 21 March 2015) was a jazz and pop guitarist from Copenhagen, Denmark. He was popular in Europe, and had a wider international hit in 1961 with his version of "Apache". He and his wife Grethe Ingmann won the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Dansevise.


Jørgen Ingmann Pedersen was born in Copenhagen, and first performed as a guitarist with Svend Asmussen, the jazz violinist, during the 1940s and early 1950s, in a group known as the Unmelancholy Danes.[1]

He was influenced by American guitarist and recording studio pioneer Les Paul. In the mid-1950s he set up his own studio where he developed techniques of multi-tracking and distortion, using his own accompaniment on bass and drums, and began recording under the name Jørgen Ingmann & His Guitar.[1] Under this name he recorded a version of "Apache", originally recorded by British group, the Shadows. Ingmann's 1961 cover version charted at #1 in Canada on the CHUM Chart, #2 in the United States on the Billboard pop singles chart, #9 on the Billboard R&B chart, #4 on Cashbox, and #6 in Germany.[2][3]

He remade Silvana Mangano's "Anna" with moderate US chart success.[4] In the first half of the 1960s he had many hits in Germany, including "Pepe" (1961 #15), "Anna" (1961 #19), "Violetta" (1962 #16), "Drina Marsch" (1964 #5) and "Zorba le Grec" (1965 #14).[5] Billboard magazine reported that he charted at no. 2 on the Denmark pop singles chart with his recording of "Marchen Til Drina" on 7 December 1963.[6] His recording reached no. 1 on 17 December 1963.[7] Other recordings of his included "Tequila" (which he also recorded during the 60s, with the Champs) and a version of Pinetop Perkins' "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" (from 1962).

He also worked as a member of the duet, Grethe og Jørgen Ingmann, together with his wife Grethe Ingmann. After winning the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix competition in 1963, they went on to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 where they won with the song "Dansevise" (Dance Ballad), music by Otto Francker and lyrics by Sejr Volmer-Sørensen. His best jazz work is to be found on the LP GUITAR IN HIFI which ,apart from MARGIE the first track, has many songs written by Hoagy Carmichael.It was issued in England on a 10 inch LP and in other places as a 12 inch LP.In the USA it was called Jorgan Ingmann SWINGS SOFTLY.The guitar tone is brilliant and his ideas are tasteful,especially when arranged as a guitar chorus on I MAY BE WRONG and JEEPERS CREEPERS. There are two songs in CHORO style, probably influenced by his South American cruising times with Svend Asmussen. His improvisations may be easily remembered as they are so melodic and nice.There is also a 4 CD set available in a fold out case,with a book.There is also a biography of Ingmann and his late wife,but alas,it is only available in Danish.

Personal life and death

He and Grethe met in 1955, married in 1956, and divorced in 1975. Jørgen Ingmann died on 21 March 2015, aged 89.[8]


  1. 1 2 Biography by Mark Deming, Allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 March 2015
  2. 1961 Chart.tsort.info.
  3. 1961 Cashbox Year End Chart.
  4. The single reached #54; Joel Whitburn: Top Pop Singles 1955–1993. Menomonee Falls / Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd. 1994, p. 290
  5. Günter Ehnert (ed.): Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956–1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press 1990, p. 105
  6. Billboard, December 7, 1963.
  7. Danish Top 20 Chart.
  8. "Danmarks første grandprix-vinder Jørgen Ingmann er død". Danmarks Radio. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ellen Winther
with "Vuggevise"
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Bjørn Tidmand
with "Sangen om dig"
Preceded by
France Isabelle Aubret
with "Un premier amour"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Italy Gigliola Cinquetti
with "Non ho l'età"
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