Skoglund was born on 8 September 1928. He was involved in music all through
childhood, played mouth organ in a scouts' choir and sang in church choirs. Then
at the age of 17, he got a guitar, and yodelling became his forte. Soon he was
doing concerts, and then touring Victoria and South Australia with various
1948 he won a yodelling championship, and the following year was singing on
trans-Atlantic passenger cargo world trips. He was a pioneer in the singing
commercial field, first doing one for Swiss Condensed Milk, and then a G. J.
Coles commercial which was used nationwide for 15 years. The Coles one was so
popular that BEA Records decided to put it on a commercially released album.
Issued in 1952, it was the first album in the country music-yodelling field ever
released in Australia.
in 1952, Pete joined Reg Lindsay on a tour of the country showgrounds, which
gave him valuable stage experience, as well as making him known to a wider
cross-section of fans. Through the period 1951 to 1958 Pete was a regular member
of the Trailblazers unit, and did all the usual shows around Melbourne. The year
1958 saw his second album released, this time a 10-inch LP on Spotlight label,
which sold exceptionally well and brought Pete much wider recognition.
wander bug has always hovered around Pete Skoglund. He toured the Orient in
1963, then did shipboard entertaining on several cruises, plus a series of dates
around England at holiday camps and workmen's clubs. After that he entertained
American troops in Germany, and spent six months in Sweden.
1966 Pete's song, The Ringing Reindeer, was recorded by Welsh singer Deke Layne
on the Fontana label, and in 1970 it was covered in Australia by Johnny Farnham.
He writes well, and has a number of his own songs on his latest record, a double
album for Hadley Records, which shows a much greater maturity than his earlier
efforts of the 50s. It was recorded in 1978, after his return from yet another
six-month tour of the USA and Canada.
lives in Melbourne today, and is ranked amongst the best Australian exponents of
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