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Bent Fabricius-Bjerre (7 December 1924 – 28 July 2020, better known internationally as Bent Fabric, was a Danish composer and pianist.

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Biography

Bent Fabricius-Bjerre was born in Frederiksberg, Denmark. He started a jazz ensemble after World War II and founded a label, Metronome Records, in 1950. However, he is best known for his 1961 instrumental "Omkring et flygel" (literally, "Around a Piano") which became a hit in Denmark. The song was re-released worldwide under the name "Alley Cat" on Atco Records the following year, and went to #1 in Australia and #49 in Germany. The tune also became a hit in the United States; the song hit #2 on the AC chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the LP of the same name hit #13 on the Billboard 200. "Alley Cat" also won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The follow-up single, "Chicken Feed", hit #63 in the U.S.

Fabricius-Bjerre had done extensive work in film scores prior to the success of his singles, and continued to work in film for decades after. In 2003, Fabricius-Bjerre returned to the charts, this time in his native Denmark. He released the album Jukebox as Bent Fabric, where he worked with critically acclaimed Danish musicians. The singles "Jukebox" hit #3 in Denmark and "Shake" hit #10 that year. In 2006, a remix of "Jukebox" was released, and the title track became a dance music hit, peaking at #7 on the US Dance/Club Play charts. The album was also re-released in the United States, this time featuring a remix of his famous instrumental song "Alley Cat", among others.

In 2005 he released the compilation album, Kan du kende melodien (literally Do you recognize the melody) featuring some of his most famous and recognized film and TV scores.

On 6 December 2009, the day before his 85th birthday, Fabricius-Bjerre played host to a gala-performance of a theatrical concert featuring 24 of his songs. It was performed at the Royal Danish Theatre by a cast of 12 performers, all of whom graduated from the Danish Academy for Musical Theatre. It was developed under The Danish New Works Development Center, Uterus, and directed and choreographed by Tim Zimmermann. Martin Konge was MD. In 2018, Bent Fabricius-Bjerre was honored for his long and active career by naming a new species of beetle †Cacomorphocerus bentifabrici (Fabrizio Fanti & Anders Leth Damgaard, 2018). Married thrice, he died in July 2020.

Film music

Discography

Albums

  • 1962 Alley Cat (Atco Records)
  • 1962 The Happy Puppy (Atco Records)
  • 1963 Piano Party with Bent Fabric (Columbia 33-OSX-7720)(Australia)
  • 1964 Organ Grinder's Swing (Atco Records)
  • 1964 The Drunken Penguin (Atco Records)
  • 1965 Together! (with Acker Bilk) (Atco Records)
  • 1966 Never Tease Tigers (Atco Records)
  • 1967 Operation Lovebirds (Atco Records)
  • 1968 Relax With Bent Fabric (Atco Records)
  • 1997 The Very Best of Bent Fabric
  • 1998 Klaver med mer (CMC Records)
  • 2001 Mit livs melodi (Copenhagen Records)
  • 2004 Jukebox (Universal)
  • 2005 Kan du kende melodien (Universal)
  • 2014 Bent Fabricius-Bjerre og Hans Musik (Warner Music)

Singles

  • 1962 "Alley Cat"
  • 1963 "Chicken Feed"
  • 1965 "Alley Cat Dance / Drunken Penguin" (#9 Canada)<ref>{{
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  • 2003 "Jukebox"
  • 2003 "Shake"
  • 2006 "Sweet Senorita"

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