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Orjan Englund is born and raised in Enkoping, Sweden about 43 miles northwest of capital Stockholm. He started playing the guitar by the age of eight years in the mid-50s.

Age 12 he had his first band " Orjans Quintet " and played mostly instrumental music like " Tico Tico, Guitar boogie etc.

Aged 15 he met Tommy Korberg at the S:t. Ilian High School in Enkoping.Korberg is today one of the most sucessful singers in Scandinavia with a international status. Orjan and Tommy started the pop group Maniacs, that was to be one of Sweden´s most succes pop groups with lots of TV shows and radio hits and where on tours with international stars like The Who, Spencer Davies/Stevie Winwood, Bluesbreakers, The Hollies and more.

In 1968 Orjan gets an invitation to Stockholm´s at the time hottest music club, Gyllene cirkel. to jam with Frank Zappa, wich starts greatly. But when Frank wants to change guitars with Orjan on stage it is a full break. " I´ll never lend anyone my white Fender Telecaster " Those words have chased Orjan through his full life.

During the 70s and 80s Orjan was one of the most hired studioguitarrist in Sweden. He played on more than hundred national albums.

Between 1977-1983 he made three solo albums before starting another career building a studio, start a record label, a publishing company and at the same time built one of Stockholm´s most popular music places. Along with Lennart Karlsson, one of Sweden´s most succesful club owners, Orjan started Lone Star Clubin the center of Stockholm

Lots of songs are written by Orjan. The most famous is "Innerst i själen" for Norwegian World artist Sissel Kyrkjebo. That very song Orjan now has picked upp himself. On Spotify his three old solo albums have more than a million listenings since 2014. The video of the song " Innerst i själen " has almost 100 000 views at Youtube

Now, at 68 years of age, Orjan is writing a biography book on his career with his memories in the music business. A music history thru 50 years in which streaming giants Spotify and Youtube have to swallow some tough facts. Also  collecting copyright organisations are under fire. 

In this book Orjan gives focus on a lot of music, colleagues like Frank Zappa, Doug Sahm, Augie Myers, Tommy Körberg, Warren Haynes, Peter Lundblad, Alf Robertsson, Robert Wells, Joe Sun, Wendel Adkins, Åsa Jinder, Carola, Elisabeth Andreasson, The Maniacs, Los Comancheros, The Moonlighters, Martin Sarws orkester, Totte Wallin, Liza Öhman, Göran Wiklund, Humlor & Bin, Eddie Oliva.

Today Orjan´s record company is owned by BMG Rights. The publishing company is owned by EMI music and Orjan¨s own songs is under Copyright control

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