Erik Bye
Erik Erikssønn Bye was a versatile Norwegian
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artist, author, film actor, folk singer and radio and television personality. He was one of the 20th century's most well-known and popular radio
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 and television
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 figures in Norway
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Born in Brooklyn, New York to Rønnaug (née Dahl) and opera singer Erik Ole Bye
Erik Ole Bye
Erik Ole Bye was a Norwegian operatic baritone. He studied singing with Morgenstierne in Oslo, zur Muhlen in London and R. Willani in Paris. He made his professional opera debut in 1913 at the National Theatre, Oslo as Don Basilio in Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville...

, his family moved home to Norway when he was six years old. After a few years in Ringerike
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 they settled in the Nordstrand
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 borough in Oslo
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, where they took over a bed and breakfast. In his teens, Bye joined the Norwegian resistance movement
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 during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany
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 during World War II
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. Following the war, he returned to the United States for his university education, studying English, journalism and drama at Midland Lutheran College
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, Nebraska
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 and the University of Wisconsin
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 in Madison
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. During his studies he also traveled extensively throughout the United States, taking odd jobs and gathering impressions.

In 1953, Bye took his first job as a reporter with the Associated Press
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 and as a freelancer for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1955, he moved to London
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 and worked three years at the BBC Overseas Services as an apprentice to Anthony Martin
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 before returning home. Bye enjoyed immense popularity with generations of Norwegians, and his songs and programs on radio and television were magnets to audiences of all ages. He was noted for his gift of being equally comfortable with the King of Norway and a random character met on the street. His roaming reports from around the world ranged from searching America for an old Apache chief to bringing an African chieftain from Ghana who answered a message in a bottle released by NRK to Norway.

Bye was well known for his support of Norwegian sailors. He also spent much time helping the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue and their cause; as a result one of their rescue vessels is named after him.

In 1978 the King of Norway made him a Knight, 1st Class in the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. In 2005 he was voted the third greatest Norwegian of the 20th century by the viewers of NRK, behind King Olav V and Einar Gerhardsen
Einar Gerhardsen
was a Norwegian politician from the Labour Party of Norway. He was Prime Minister for three periods, 1945–1951, 1955–1963 and 1963–1965. With 17 years in office, he is the longest serving Prime Minister in Norway since the introduction of parliamentarism...


Bye was married to politician Tove Billington Jørgensen from 1953 until his death from cancer.


  • Vi går ombord (1960)
  • Erik Bye Synger Skjæraasen (1966)
  • Jeg Vet en Vind (1972)
  • Gjensyn (1974)
  • Gammel Er Min Fjord (1974)
  • Blow Silver Wind (1976)
  • En Dobbel Deylighet (1978) with Birgitte Grimstad
  • Norske Folketoner (1978)
  • Vandring på Vår Herres Klinkeule (1985)
  • Langt Nord i Livet (1994)
  • En sang under skjorta- Et Visevalg Fra Skattkammeret (1995)
  • I dur og brott (2003) with Royal Norwegian Navy Band

External links

  • Erik Bye 1926-2004 – Summary obituary, Aftenposten
    Aftenposten is Norway's largest newspaper. It retook this position in 2010, taking it from the tabloid Verdens Gang which had been the largest newspaper for several decades. It is based in Oslo. The morning edition, which is distributed across all of Norway, had a circulation of 250,179 in 2007...

    , 14 October 2004
  • Erik Bye – sound and audio – From the archive of the Norwegian Broadcasting System (NRK)
    Norsk Rikskringkasting
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  • Profile of Bye at NRK
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