Siw Malmkvist is a Swedish singer and actress, who has been popular in Scandinavia and Germany. She had a number one hit in West Germany in 1964 with “Liebeskummer lohnt sich nicht” (English: and on 18 July 1964 she became the first Swede to have a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, when “Sole Sole Sole”, a duet with Italian singer Umberto Marcato, entered the chart, peaking at #58. She is aslo a versatile artist, having performed in stage plays, musicals and in films alongside her career in pop/schlager music. She played Pippi Longstocking in the popular children musical production of Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking in 1980.
She has altogether recorded about 600 songs (and has made recordings in ten different languages: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, German, English, French, Italian and Spanish) throughout the past five decades, which makes her one of the most productive and successful Swedish female singers. She represented Sweden at the international Eurovision Song Contest 1960, and Germany in 1969.