Harald Henrysson, curator of the Jussi Björling
Museum in Borlänge, Sweden, and author of A Jussi
Björling Phonography, was born on July 16, 1942.
Harald grew up in Säter (where he still resides in the family home), a town that is a short
distance from Borlänge. He was in his teens when his mother gave him his first two LPs- both of
Jussi- along with a phonograph.
Beginning in 1962,
Mr. Henrysson attended the University of Stockholm and Uppsala University where he studied a
wide variety of subjects ranging from Russian to plant taxonomy. In 1965 he was awarded a
Master of Science degree.
From 1967-72, Mr.
Henrysson taught botany; in 1976 he was graduated from the College of Library Science. From
1974-75 he was employed by the Ministry of Education, Stockholm. In 1975 he accepted a position
with the Swedish Broadcasting Company, Stockholm, (two different sound archives) that would
eventually lead to his writing A Jussi Björling
Phonography. With the knowledge gained at these two
archives- and the access they provided not only to recordings but also to literature
(especially the excellent Radio Music Library) and personal contacts- Mr. Henrysson had the
opportunity to accomplish the research that ultimately made the Phonography possible and so
It was during the
period 1975-85 (while at the Record Music Library) that he was assigned the task of putting all
of Jussi's records into a new computerized system. From 1985-1994, he worked at the Program
Archives, which stores the tape copies of the company's own recordings, and here he studied in
detail all that was preserved of Jussi from his many Swedish broadcasts. He also had the
opportunity to make some new discoveries and to take part in some radio programs about
In 1993 he
published A Jussi Björling
Phonography, 2nd edition (the first edition having
been published in 1984, with J.W. Porter). In 1994 he wrote the foreword for a reprint
of Med bagaget i strupen by Jussi Björling, and in 1996 he compiled the JB Chronology for
Jussi by Anna
Lisa Björling and Andrew Farkas. Harald notes that he heard and saw Jussi in only one
performance, at Gröna Lund on August 3, 1950, with Mrs. Björling.
Harald has taken
part in the production of many record issues on SR, Swedish Society, EMI, and Bluebell labels
authoring the text for 5 LP and 15 CD issues. In 1989 he helped to found the Scandinavian Jussi
Björling Society and served as its chairman from 1989-1994. In 1991 he arranged a Jussi
Björling Memorial Exhibition at the Folkets Hus in Borlänge, an important step in the eventual
establishment of a permanent museum. In 1999 he had the distinction of being named an Honorary
Member of the Scandinavian Society. He also serves on the Advisory Board of The Jussi Björling