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Jahn Teigen is a singer and musician from Tønsberg. He represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest three times, in 1978, 1982 and 1983. His given name was Jan, he added the silent H later. Jahn Teigen received a knighthood from H.M. King Harald V.
He started his career in the late 1960s, when he released a few singles and one album with Enemies. However, his commercial break-through did not come until the early 1970s as the lead singer of the six member rock band Popol Vuh. Popol Vuh is actually a Maya Indian word in the Quiché language, meaning book of the community. Popol Vuh / Popol Ace was actually a refinement of the even older eight member group Arman Sumpe den eldre. During 1971 and first half of 1972, Arman Sumpe d.e. was on an ever-lasting concert tour throughout Norway playing more than 140 concerts. Jahn performed at one of Europe´s two largest music festivals, the Roskilde Festival, already in 1969 with the band Red Squares, but it was first in 1972 he became one of the major attractions as part of Popol Vuh.
Jahn Teigen also were a part of the humour trio Prima Vera, with Herodes Falsk and Tom Mathisen, who released seven albums between 1977 and 1983. Most of their reportoire consists of popular hits with the most ridiculous lyrics. (This struck a chord with the Norwegian audience, since, at the time, to ensure airplay, English-language songs often were re-recorded with Norwegian lyrics.) Prima Vera had a number of hits, including such classics as Så lykkelig i Sverige ("So happy in Sweden", a version of The Turtles "So happy together") "Det er Norge som er bra" and "De gærne har det godt".
In 1978 in Paris Jahn Teigen debuted on the Eurovision stage, performing the song "Mil etter mil" (Mile after mile), which became famous for not receiving a single point from any of the participating nations. This was the first occurrence of ZERO points with the new, and current, voting system of the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the obvious lack of international recognition, the song gained a huge audience back in Norway where his countrymen embraced it. The single dominated the national single chart for more than four months, being among the ten most bought singles for no less than 19 consecutive weeks, for five of those peaking the chart being the most popular international hit of the nation.
Jahn Teigen returned to the Eurovision stage in 1982 in Harrogate, United Kingdom, where he sang Adieu in duet with Anita Skorgan (to whom he was married for some years and with whom he has a daughter) ending up at 12th place. In 1983, in Munich, Germany, he went solo again, with Anita Skorgan and three other women as backing vocals, with the melody "Do re mi", composed together with Anita Skorgan, which rendered him his finest position, a respectable 9th place. Jahn Teigen has taken part in the Norwegian national Eurovision final, called the Melodi Grand Prix, the most times, more precisely fourteen; 1974, 1975, 1976 (Voodoo), 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1988 (Glasnost), 1989 (Optimist), 1990 (Smil), 1993, 1994, 1996 and once again as late as in 2005 with "My Heart Is My Home". In addition to this, Teigen has been the host of Melodi Grand Prix and provided the interval act of the Melodi Grand Prix on a number of occasions. He has also acted as commentator for Norwegian television in 1991 in Rome, together with Jon Andreassen.