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Excerpt: Morten Harket (born 14 September 1959 in Kongsberg) is the
lead singer of the Norwegian synthpop band a-ha, who have released
nine studio albums and topped the charts in several countries after
their breakthrough hit "Take on Me" in 1985. Harket has also
released four solo albums. The son of Henny and Reidar Harket, and
brother to Gunvald, Hkon, Ingunn and Kjetil, Morten grew up in
Asker. Early musical influences included Uriah Heep, Queen, Johnny
Cash, Toto, Elton John, David Bowie, and Peter Gabriel. Before
joining a-ha in 1982, Harket appeared on the Oslo club scene as the
singer for blues outfit Souldier Blue. The trio, composed of lead
vocalist Harket, guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (Pl Waaktaar until
his marriage in 1994), and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, formed in
1982, and left Norway for London in order to make a career in the
music business. They chose the studio of musician, producer, and
soon-to-be-manager, John Ratcliff, because it had a Space Invaders
machine. John Ratcliff introduced the boys to his manager, Terry
Slater, and, after a few meetings, a-ha had two managers. Terry
Slater and John Ratcliff together formed T.J. Management. To deal
with all the technical and musical aspects, they had Ratcliff, and
Slater's position was that of international business manager and
liaison to Warner Brothers' head office in Los Angeles. The origin
of the name a-ha comes from a title Paul contemplated giving to a
song. He could not choose between the names "a-ha" and "A-hem".
Morten was looking through Paul's notebook, and came across the
name "a-ha". He liked it, and said, "That's a great name. That's
what we should call ourselves." In 1984, a-ha released their first
single, "Take On Me", which didn't become a hit until... More:
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