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Clas Yngstrom - Translated from Swedish to English (from his Website)
I started playing guitar in 1962, when I got a light blue Hagstrom Kent as a Christmas gift from my father. My idols were when the British instrumental group The Shadows, and above all their super cool solo guitarist Hank B. Marvin. Quite soon I began listening to blues music, I got one days to hear "Still A Fool" by Muddy Waters on the radio, then it was over. My biggest influences in music comes from the fifties and sixties. The key in the guitar is, except Hank B, Jimi Hendrix and Albert King.
In the 70s, I played very skfusion, ie God's combination of Rock / Jazz / Latin with very large element of improvisation - it sounded enough for most of the DJ-vligt, but we had lots of fun! The teams I played with in the seventies called: Paraphernalia, sofa, Dovra, West Wind and Schnabel. In the late 70s I had definitely had enough and wanted to "down to earth" again. Punk Movement inspired me to put together a raw rock band with feet of muddy blues. The group's name was SKY HIGH and would prove to hold "forever!" We made five albums in the '80s: "Sky High", with Swedish Subtitles came in 1980, no2 "Still Rockin '" with English subtitles-proddad by Lou Stonebridge (The Blues Band) came 1982nd Our big break came with the album no 3 - "Freezin'Hot" which was launched via an expertly made concert video in particular MTV in 1985.
Our fourth and so far the most commercially successful album "Humanize" came in 1987 and the last 80's album - "Have Guitar, Will Travel" I made along with a bunch of prestigious American rock musicians (Prairie Prince, from The Tubes-trummor/Ross Valory , from Journey - Bass / Norton Buffalo, from the Steve Miller Band - harmonica, Tim Gorman, from The Who - keyboards) in San Francisco.