Sylvia Vrethammar – The Girl from Uddevalla
She was born in Uddevalla on the Swedish west coast as daughter to Harald and Britta Vrethammar and later moved with her family to the countryʼs capital Stockholm.
At the age of 16 she began her musical career with several prizes at amateur music-festivals. Nevertheless Sylvia decided to finish school first and to study which resulted in her graduation as a child psychologist.
In the year 1969 Sylviaʼs career in the music business started for real. Her first album TYCKER OM DEJ gets released and during a perfomance at the Stockholm club Gyllene Cirkeln she is noticed by a TV-producer and immediately gets her first own personality-show on Swedish TV. TV-entertainer Lennart Hyland is watching the broadcast of this show and on the spot decides to engage Sylvia as a co-host for his enormously popular TV-show Hylands Hörna.
Now the engagements start streaming in and Sylvia is been sent to the International Song-Festival in Rio de Janeiro as the representative of Sweden. In Brazil she develops her great love for Samba music and therefore puts together a tour with Brazilian Samba-group Trio Pandeiros De Ouro through the whole of Scandinavia under the leadership from Sylvia´s husband and producer at this time, Rune Öfwerman. This tour becomes such a sensational success, that Sylvia gets from now on described as the “Samba-Queen” whenever there is an article about her.
One of her numerous tours around the globe leads Sylvia through the former Soviet Union and even here the people cue up in masses to get to see Sylviaʼs stage-show.
In 1974 her English original-version of the mega-hit Y VIVA ESPAÑA reaches the tops of the English charts, sells over 1 Million copies and stays for 39 consecutive weeks on the charts, leading to an entry into the Guinness Book of Records.