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The Match

August 6, 2021

During the years 1968 – 71 in USA I was playing with a group called The Match.

Here’s a description of our album, from 1969:

Artist: The Match

Location: USA

Album: A New Light

Year: 1969

Genre: Sunshine Pop

Duration: 40:23 (with Bonuses)

Format: MP3 CBR 320


01 Don’t Take Your Time (Roger Nichols, Tony Asher) –

02 A Time For Us (Love Theme From “Romeo And Juliet”) (Nino Rota, Larry Kusik, Eddie Snyder) –

03 Free And Easy (Don Addrisi, Dick Addrisi) –

04 Through Spray Colored Glasses (David Gates, Stu Phillips) –

05 Mornin’ I’ll Be Movin’ On (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) –

06 Where Do I Go? (from the musical “Hair”) (Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, James Rado) –

07 Alfie (from movie “Alfie”) (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) –

08 Need You (Mack Simmons) –

09 Scarborough Fair / Canticle (Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel) –

10 Love Years Coming (Jim Webb) –

11 The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (If You Needed Me) (from movie “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”) (Dave Grusin, Peggy Lee) –


12. Mirror Maze Lady (single A-side,1970) (Richard Derwingson, Tony Dey) –

13 Time (single B-side,1970) (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) – 2:29


– Marshall Smith – high tenor vocals

– Pat Valentino – second tenor vocals, vocal arrangements

– Bjørn Kruse – baritone vocals

– Richard Derwingson – bass vocals

– Tony Dey – drums+- Orchestra

– Jules Chaikin – orchestral conductor

– Jack Pleis – arranger, producer

Here’s the cover, and our hit on YouTube (

Love Years Coming 1969

Here’s a good write about the group:

The group lasted till 1971. I travelled back to Norway. In 1995 we got together again in Hollywood. Our manager, Joy Healey, was ill with cancer, with no chance to recover. We recorded two songs for her and played for Joy in the hospital. A very moving moment.

Since then I have kept in contact with Marshall, and even more so with Richard. My wife and I met with Richard and his wife Jackie several times over the years, as late as 2019, when we were together here in Oslo, and then on to Scotland, to celebrate the marriage of their daughter Jennifer.

It was a fun 3 years playing with the group, all over the Western part of the US, with gigs in Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Scottsdale, Houston, and many other places. Little did I know that the album would represent a genre called “Sunshine Pop”…!

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