Radio Interviews with Jussi
Jussi very rarely gave radio interviews. Here we have managed to collect seven of the so far known recorded interviews in chronological order, recorded 1951 – 1960 with playing time totalling ca. 53 minutes. Most of the interviews are in English.
The figures in brackets refer to the Chronological List that Harald Henrysson compiled of all the recordings with Jussi Björling.
Are you interested in reading more facts about the interviews, click About Jussi and Recordings. Go to All Recordings where you find the Chronological List.
Scroll to the end of the list until you find B. Live Recordings, Studio Recordings, Radio, Films and scroll down to 51.04, where you find information about interview No. 1.
Interview No. 1. 3:49 mins. In Swedish (51.04)
Recorded 1 April ? 1951. Stockholm, Sveriges Radio. Per Lindfors interviews for the programme Musikkrönika (Music Survey).
Interview No. 2. 4:16 mins. In English (53.03)
Recorded November-December 1953 New York, Essex Hotel, Radio Station WNYC with Ruby Mercer for the radio programme Mr & Mrs Opera.
Interview No. 3. 11:49 mins. In English (58.06)
Recorded 2 December 1958, New York, Hotel Room. Interviewer Alan Wagner for the Radio Station WNYC and the programme Living Opera. Broadcast for the first time on 14 December 1958.
Interview No. 4. 6:08 mins. In English (59.04)
Recorded 26 or 27 April 1959, New York, Hotel room Essex House? Interviewer Gene Fallon for the radio station WNYC and the programme Around New York. Broadcast for the first time on 28 April 1959.
Interview No. 5. 8:09 mins. In Swedish (59.06)
Recorded 25 June 1959, alt. one or two days earlier, Stockholm, Sandrew Studio. Interviewer Erik Sandström for Swedish Philips Inc. Via Radio Luxemburg the programme I väntan på Ingo (Waiting for Ingo) was broadcast before the first World Championship Match in Heavyweight Boxing between Ingemar Johansson and Floyd Patterson at Yankee Stadium in New York on 26 June 1959. The interview was broadcast as a telephone interview with Jussi at his summer house in Siarö. According to reports from those present the recording was made with Jussi and Erik Sandström sitting in the Sandrew Studio in Stockholm. A partly faked interview.
Interview No. 6. 16:11 mins. In Swedish (59.08)
Recorded 30 October 1959, Stockholm, Sveriges Radio, studio. Interviewer is Bo Teddy Ladberg, Swedish Radio Music Department. Broadcast for the first time on 1 November 1959.
Interview No. 7. 2:37 mins. In English (60.02)
Recorded 5 July 1960, Falun, Dalarna, Swedish Radio. Interviewer is Antony Baird for Swedish Radio’s international programme Radio Sweden.