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Swedish Singer Erikson Dies

August 13, 2000

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ The Rev. Artur Erikson, a popular Lutheran singer who wrote more than 600 songs, has died. He was 82.

Erikson died Thursday at his home in Gagnef, 120 miles northwest of the capital, Stockholm, according to Swedish media reports.

Erikson got his start in music from his father, a singing minister who often took his son along as he toured the country. The boy made his stage debut at age 12.

In 1942, Erikson became a minister in Sweden’s dominant Lutheran church and took his own act on the road for 15 years. He made frequent radio appearances starting in 1956 and became a household name in the early 1960s as a guest on Sweden’s most popular television talk show, Hyland’s Corner.

Erikson, whose repertoire spanned from gospel to psalms, topped the local charts in 1970, with his song ``To My Sister.″ Erikson recorded and produced 28 albums, earning six gold records.

He is survived by his wife, Kajsa.

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