Doris (singer)
Doris Svensson billed as Doris is a former Swedish pop singer
Swedish music abroad
Sweden is one of the largest exporters of pop and rock music in the world. Many Swedish artists have enjoyed success on the British and American charts and in other English speaking countries.-1970s: ABBA:...

. Doris is best known for her lone solo album, eclectic pop, rock and funk Did You Give the World Some Love Today Baby recorded in 1970. The record was re-issued in 1996 to critical acclaim and caused interest among the Anglo-American and European alternative audiences as an odd Swedish funk rarity.


Doris Svensson was born on July 1, 1947 in Gothenburg
Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. Situated on the west coast of Sweden, the city proper has a population of 519,399, with 549,839 in the urban area and total of 937,015 inhabitants in the metropolitan area...

. Her singing career began in 1960 by recording an album with the Swedish band The Strangers. She went on recording with Plums, including the tracks "You Made a Fool of Me Last Night" and "Wouldn't That Be Groovy", and The Dandys, including "Go Back to Daddy".

In April 1970, Doris went to record in the EMI
The EMI Group, also known as EMI Music or simply EMI, is a multinational music company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the fourth-largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry and one of the "big four" record companies. EMI Group also has a major...

 studios of Stockholm
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. Most of the lyrics of the songs were by Scottish
Scottish people
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 writer Francis Cowan. The material was composed by TV producer, jazz-pianist, and composer Berndt Egerbladh. He also provided the big band
Big band
A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with jazz and the Swing Era typically consisting of rhythm, brass, and woodwind instruments totaling approximately twelve to twenty-five musicians...

 brass arrangements for the tracks. The heavy drumming on the tracks was performed by Janne Carlsson from the duo Hansson
Bo Hansson
Bo Hansson was a Swedish musician best known for his four instrumental albums released in the 1970s.-Early life and musical career:...

 & Karlsson, and the bass was played by Doris's husband Lukas Lindholm. The album Did You Give the World Some Love Today Baby was issued by Odeon
Odeon Records
Odeon Records was a record label founded in 1903 by Max Straus and Heinrich Zuntz of the International Talking Machine Company in Berlin, Germany. It was named after a famous theatre in Paris, whose classical dome appears on the Odeon record label....

 in Sweden, 1970.


The promotional singles distributed in U.K. and France in 1970 attracted little attention among the audiences. After Mr Bongo label re-issued the album Did You Give the World Some Love Today Baby in Sweden and U.K. in 1996, and U.S. and Canada in 1998 with bonus tracks from Doris's earlier period, the LP caused interest among the alternative listeners as an odd funk rarity from the archives of Swedish pop. The Montreal Mirror
Montreal Mirror
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newsweekly reviewed it as:"A relic of epic Swedish pop from '70. Perfectly hilarious and hilariously perfect." Subsequently, the tracks "Did You Give the World Some Love Today?", "Don't", "Beatmaker", and "You never come closer" were included in eleven retrospective compilation albums issued all over Europe. Mr Bongo label issued Did You Give the World Some Love Today Baby in U.K. again in 2006. Her psychedelic jazz
Psychedelic music
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 song "You never come closer" is featured on the compilation LPs The Best Smooth Jazz... Ever!
The Best Smooth Jazz... Ever!
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and Pregnant Rainbows for Colourblind Dreamers: The Essence of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-1979. The Sunday Times
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reviewed the song's instrumental and vocal style as:"...Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
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 backing Björk
Björk Guðmundsdóttir , known as Björk , is an Icelandic singer-songwriter. Her eclectic musical style has achieved popular acknowledgement and popularity within many musical genres, such as rock, jazz, electronic dance music, classical and folk...

." The database listed Did You Give the World Some Love Today Baby among the Forty Essential Funk Albums of the music history. Doris's tracks have received airplay in the retro music radio programs, including on BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
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, East Village Radio
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, FBi Radio
FBi Radio
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 of Australia
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, Q Radio
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Raadio 2
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 of Estonia
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, and Radio Fritz of Germany
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"You Never Come Closer" was sampled on "Closer" by influential hip-hop producer Madlib
Otis Jackson Jr. in Oxnard, California, known professionally as Madlib, is a Los Angeles-based DJ, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, and music producer...

 for Quasimoto
Quasimoto is the alter ego or the side project of hip hop producer Madlib, from Oxnard, California. Quas is known for the raised pitch of his voice as if he was inhaling helium. Another notable characteristic is Quas inter-changing with Madlib's voice. One day in the studio, Madlib decided to...

. This has led to Doris ' work becoming increasingly popular amongst underground hip-hop fans and record collectors.
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