Henning Stærk

Singer, harmonica player, guitarist and drummer.

Born d. March 20, 1949 in Holstebro. Son of butcher Oscar Henry Jakobsen (1905 - 1953) and nurse Anne Margrethe Jakobsen (1910-1980). His big sisters Lisa and Inge was then 9 and 7 years. Grew up in a time when Marshall Aid (US aid program to Europe after WW2) meant that Western movies, jukeboxes, pinballmaskiner, Coca Cola, tractors and later transistor radios became part of the Danish life and thus an introduction to contemporary new Rock'n 'Roll music (Elvis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and several others).

Inspired by the British Beat Boom early 60s (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Pretty Things, etc.) Started his own playing barbed music in 1965. Henning debuted on stage in Handbjerg hall d. 18 sept. 1965 as a singer in The Roadrunners. Soul music from Motown and Stax (Four Tops, Otis Redding m. Fl.) Had a decisive influence on Henning when he 1966-1969 was the singer in The Poisons. They were no. 2 in Denmark Championships in barbed wire music in 1967. The prize was a single LP recording: "Reach Out I'll Be There" / "Call My Name" (Jacks Beat Records BR 1051) - one of the first Danish stereo single sheets. Band'et toured throughout most of the country.

In elementary school he took in 1966 3. real with, came in high school and got in 1969 mathematical / physical baccalaureate. From 1969 to 1970 he was a singer and drummer in Chapter Three, who played psychedelic rock, inspired by Cream and Jimi Hendrix and include included Hans Erik Lerche Feldt (now TV-2) on gtr.

Moved to Aarhus in 1970 where he played drums and sang in Jackie Boo Flight (m. Including Hans Erik Lerche Feldt) from 1970 to 1973. The style was Danish-language rock, stylistically akin to Skousen and Ingemann. At the same time he started a law student at the University of Aarhus. To his own surprise, he completed in 1973, the first part. Then he devoted himself to music.

From 1973 to 1977 he was a singer, bassist, guitarist, percussionist and drummer for musicians (m. Including Lars Hybel, Flemming Fiol and Ole Berg).

It was stylistically a mixed bag, where both rock, blues, country and clogs the rolls were on the shelves! In 1977 he became a member of Gnags, where he played drums, percussion, harmonica and sang until the end of 1981. At the same time he took in the 70s and 80s active part of the Aarhus jamscene, among others. a. as a singer and harmonica player in blues big - band "Soup, Roast and Ice" and was co-founder of the musicians house Vestergade 58 and musicians Contact, later Aarhus Music Office. In the late 70s he was also a member of the board of the Danish Musicians Union, Oh. Div. and alternate to the main board of the Danish Musicians Union.

Started in 1980 his own band with Per Chr. Frost (gtr. / Bass), Lars Hybel (bass / gtr.), Ivan Sorensen (organ), Niels Mathiasen (sax) and himself on vocals and drums. Recorded in 1981, the debut album (as a soloist) "Henning Strong". From 1982 appeared band'et the new lineup, in addition Henning and Niels Mathiasen of the original band consisted of blue. a. Claes Antonsen (later Thomas Helmig) on drums and Palle Torp (later Thomas Helmig, Shoes and Torp) on guitar. They recorded in 1984, "One Nite Stand", produced by Billy Cross.

The record was recorded live one night in "Montmartre", Copenhagen. And included Bruce Springsteen song "Fire", which is still one of Henning's big hits at live concerts. The style was soul and blues-based rock and roll.

Toured and recorded several albums with the band up through the 80s. ("Soul Feet" in 1985 and "Tender Touch" in 1987.)

In 1983, he became the father of her son Jeppe! In 1988 Henning began a collaboration with Esbjergband'et "Shaky Ground". They starred on the big popular breakthrough came in 1989 with "Dreams To Remember", produced by Kim Hyttel. The record marked a change of style for a more country-inspired rock and roll. Here contributing factors Elvis Presley's old backingkor "The Jordanaires" and harmonica player Charlie McCoy. The music presence of history-blown course on the day they came to visit the Feedback Studio in Viby J. A plate of many hits were "Sweetheart" written by Poul Krebs. The text is based on an actual event. Paul went into a truck stop in Bandera, Texas to get a cup of coffee and started a conversation with the waitress. Quite spontaneously, she told her life story, as Paul later wrote down and used as the basis for the song. The record was a huge success and earned Henning his first platinum record.

The sequel of 1991 "Hard to Handle", produced by Kim Hyttel, was an even bigger hit. Again starred "The Jordanaires" and Charlie McCoy. The result was another platinum record. While Denmark played forward for European Football Championship in 1992, recorded Henning "Small Town Saturday Night". It was produced by Englishman Mike Vernon (who also produced the legendary John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers plate with Eric Clapton in 1966). The plaque contributing factors Geraint Watkins (PNO), known for its co m. Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Shaking Stevens. This resulted in a gold record. "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" (1994), recorded with a mobile studio in a scout hut v / Hee in Jutland and mix in a villa in Soro, produced by Kim Hyttel, Henning earned a Grammy and a second gold record.

In 1996 he recorded in Memphis, Tennessee three songs ("Black Coffee", "A Certain Girl," "Deep In The Heart Of Texas") with producer Joe Hardy (ZZ Top) and American session musicians. The numbers were included in the "greatest - and still going strong" from the same year. A second platinum plate were it to.

For processed into "Somewhere Someone's Falling In Love" from 1997indledte Henning collaboration with the English producer Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, David Bowie, XTC). The record was recorded in London with British and American session musicians, among others. a. The Kick Horns (Eric Clapton) and Jerry Donahue (ex. Fairport Convention). The record was a gold plate that was handed him by Johnny Cash.

The title track of the CD "Easy A Man Stand Up" from 1998, written for Henning of the American songwriter Kevin Welch. The plate, which is produced by Søren Jacobsen, also contained the old Beatles hit "Please Please Me", organized by the trouble - John Lennon's original idea of ??the number when he wrote it. In 2000 was issued the CD "Hit House" (Produced by Kim Hyttel), which was based on Danish barbed music from the 60s. Here Henning gave new life to completely forgotten Danish-written songs and provided surprising new versions of the most famous and significant songs from the period. This resulted in widespread critical acclaim, chart positions and an increasingly comprehensive turnévirksomhedmed his band (Mick Rasmussen - guitar, Barry Bahr - drums, Kristian Fogh - keyboards, Janus Rau - bass). In addition there was one last guldplade.Sideløbende hereby Henning occasionally cultivated leisure band Hounddog Allstars (with bl. A. Thomas Helmig, Lis Sorensen, Mek Pek and members of Gnags).

In autumn 2001, spring and fall 2002 and fall 2003, he toured with Henning Strong Trio together with Per Chr. Frost (gtr. / Bass) and Mick Rasmussen (gtr. / Bass). Here sat Henning again, for the first time in 20 years, behind his old Ludwig drums.

Henning Strong issued in 2004 the CD "STRONG" on his own record label Strongman Records.

The new album was made in collaboration with Henning's old buddy from Gnags, guitarist and producer Per Chr. Frost and technician and contained nine new songs written by Poul Krebs, Ester Brohus, Anders Blichfeldt, Per Chr. Frost, Martin Høybye and Kevin Welch / Allison Moorer. In addition, Henning his personal interpretations of, inter alia, Hank Williams and Daniel Lanois / Emmylou Harris numbers.

Henning steeled with this album rooted in blues, country, soul and Rock`n'Roll in a new exploratory sound universe and also managed many critical acclaim along the way.

On March 20, 2009 Henning celebrated his 60th birthday with the release of his 14th solo album "Old Time Rocker".

The CD contains all his major live - and album audiences love him for: ballads, luscious blues and classical Rock`n'Roll in hits like "I Do not Wanna Talk About It" (Rod Stewart), "Heart Of Gold "(Neil Young)," I'm A Steady Rollin 'Man (Eric Clapton) and the title track "Old Time Rocker" - all in his own unique interpretations.

The album was produced by Kåre Cable Mai which also helps on drums along with Kristian Fogh (piano), Janus Rau (bass), Barry Hånsbæk (gtr.) And Andreas Käehne (pedal steelgtr.).

The press receipted positive (BT **** / Ekstra Bladet **** / Torben Bille's Blog: "He is in many ways just as good an interpreter as one of the best of its kind, Rod Stewart. Compare their versions of" The Don 't Wanna Talk About it ". they sound absolutely identical, but their respect for the substance is the same, and they swing as in ...').

Besides his Rock `n 'Roll show is touring Henning alongside an acoustic show where the musical peppered with stories about the songs and anecdotes from the long career.

Since 1965 Henning Strong made ??the roads unsafe with its pointy leather boots, his career has featured such notable highlights including a 2nd place in Denmark Cup barbed music in 1967, membership in groups such as musicians, Gnags and Hounddog Allstars, and a long solo career that has resulted in three platinum albums, four gold records, one Grammy, one film role ("Flying Grandma") and, not least over 3000 concerts have taken him far (apart from every corner of Denmark incl. Faroe Islands and Greenland also to Austin, Texas and Nashville , Tennessee (USA), England, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway and Sweden).

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When You Say Nothing At AllSomewhere Someone's Falling In Love4:42
Ramblin' ManStærk4:54
The Fortunate FewWhatever Gets You Through The Night3:49
I've Got Dreams To RememberDreams To Remember4:43
Somebody Stand By MeLet A Man Stand Up4:19
Common - Law LoveSomewhere Someone's Falling In Love4:52
Diving For PearlsWhatever Gets You Through The Night3:28
I Want To Build A Jumbo ArkSomewhere Someone's Falling In Love3:40
True Love Travels On A Gravel RoadSomewhere Someone's Falling In Love4:37
Small Town Saturday NightGreatest And Still Going Strong3:39
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