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Carl Jularbo

Carl Jularbo, well known as Calle Jularbo and born as Karl Karlsson (6 June 1893, Jularbo, Avesta Municipality, Dalarna County, Sweden - 13 February 1966, Nacka Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden) was the most famous Swedish accordionist of his time. He had a very distinct personal style, that has played a significant part in forming the Swedish accordion tradition. He was extremely productive, recording 1577 tunes and he won 158 accordion competitions. He maintained a large repertoire without being able to read music. His best known tune is Livet i Finnskogarna (roughly "Life in the Finn forests"), recorded in 1915. This song was the basis for the Les Paul and Mary Ford hit of 1951, "Mockin' Bird Hill".

Jularbo is the name of his birthplace, which he later adopted as his name. Both his parents were of predominantly Romani descent, which was not revealed until after his death.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 6th, 1893 (Folkärna), Died February 13th, 1966 (Nacka församling)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921

Roles Represented in DAHR: accordion


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone BK35 10-in. 10/8/1921 Gothenburg schottische Fiol-Pelle ; Jularbo-Calle Violin and accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion  
Gramophone BK38 10-in. 10/8/1921 On board (Waltz) Fiol-Pelle ; Jularbo-Calle Violin and accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jularbo, Carl," accessed September 25, 2020,

Jularbo, Carl. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 25, 2020, from

"Jularbo, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 September 2020.

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